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Retailer Lowe’s will offer its employees heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, under an alliance between the hospital and the home improvement chain. Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s says the new benefit will provide full-time workers and their covered dependents with the “best of the best&rdquo in cardiac care, with lower out-of-pocket expenses than at other facilities.

Lowe's said Tuesday that it will cover all medical deductibles and co-payments for elective, pre-scheduled heart surgery at the Clinic, and will pay travel and lodging costs for the patient and a companion to go to Cleveland. Concierge services will be provided to make the trip arrangements.

Neither Lowe’s nor the Cleveland Clinic released financial terms of their deal.

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