Lakewood city leaders, the Lakewood Hospital Association and the Cleveland Clinic have come to an agreement about the future of the hospital.
The proposal calls for the hospital to become an outpatient center with a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year emergency room.
“We’ve done our homework,” said Mary Louise Madigan, president of Lakewood City Council. “We’ve gathered all the facts. We’ve heard from the residents we represent. Council was given the opportunity and responsibility to make the best decision possible to ensure the health of our community today and for generations to come. We are ready to make our recommendation and explain to the public why we support this agreement.”
The Cleveland Clinic also released a statement Monday:
Cleveland Clinic remains committed to providing healthcare for the Lakewood community for the long-term. We respect the thoughtful process Lakewood City Council has taken in determining the best sustainable healthcare for its citizens and appreciate their dedication.
Council held a first reading of the agreement Monday. It must be read three times before council can vote.
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