How'd community face COVID without Cleveland Clinic, impassioned nurse's plea?

patrick dovet/tcpalm Nurse Melissa Bennett’s impassioned description of life and death in her hospital’s COVID-19 ward was the most emotional part of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s recent news conference. But one of the most salient points made Friday wasn’t really about COVID-19. It was about a broader issue: Cleveland Clinic’s 2019 decision to operate hospitals in Stuart, Tradition and Vero Beach previously run by separate community nonprofits. After a panel of Cleveland Clinic experts outlined the unprecedented challenges given a record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and shortages of staff and supplies, Rob Lord, retiring in December as president of Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, provided some context. “I’d hate to think of what this would have been like had I not had the resources, had we been an independent (health care group),” Lord said. “I am so grateful that we have the (Cleveland Clinic) resources at our disposal … any questions that we've had about how to deal with thi