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Medical Mutual: Your cornhole kings

Sincere thanks to Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, Fleishman Hillard, Perspectus Architecture, thunder::tech and Studiothink for sponsoring the event.

The post is sponsored by MedCity News.

It looked as bleak for Medical Mutual as it has for insurance companies post-healthcare reform.

They were down 20-7 in the finals of the MedCity News Medical Cornhole Tournament — just one point from elimination. The constant reimbursement-related heckling from the crowd may had finally taken its toll.

Instead, the Medical Mutual duo of Jonathan Horton and Alan Skotko roared back, scored 15 unanswered points and defeated Perspectus Architecture to win the 2010 MedCity News Medical Cornhole Tournament.

For their victory, they get tangible rewards: a giant bracket (at right) to commemorate their championship run, a $100 gift certificate from Brennan’s Catering, four Club Seat tickets to the Lake Erie Monsters and their own MedCity News cornhole set. But they also get a key intangible: the title of the best cornhole players in all of Ohio healthcare.

A group of about 150 — including onlookers and 50 teams — came to Gateway Plaza between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field for the evening’s competition. Last year’s champions, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, lost to the eventual finalists Perspectus Architecture. Northeast Ohio Medical University tore through their part of the bracket until falling to Medical Mutual. University Hospitals Case Medical Center, in the finals last year and eager to return, fell in Round 2 to Cleveland Medical Devices.

Sincere thanks to Downtown Cleveland Alliance, Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center, Fleishman Hillard, Perspectus Architecture, thunder::tech and Studiothink for sponsoring the event. Thanks also to organizations that provided gifts: Akron Aeros, American Greetings, Brennan’s Catering, Cleveland Browns, LinQ-2 Communications, Cleveland Plus, Kaiser Permanente, Lake County Captains and Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Plus, attendees helped raise money for the Downtown Homeless Fund, which received money from alcohol sales.

The event maintained its young tradition of good-natured ribbing and merging different segments of the medical industry — service providers, hospitals, startups, investors and others — for a few hours of camaraderie and competition. We’ll post a video of the event as soon as it’s complete on Friday. Thanks again to everyone for attending and making this a great event.

UPDATE: Here are a few early videos. More to come.

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