LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The Cleveland Clinic broke ground Tuesday for the new Lakewood Family Health Center.
The 62,000-square-foot, $34 million facility is set to be complete in 2018.
The facility will offer specialty care, family medicine, imaging, chronic disease management, a center for LGBT care and a new, state-of-the-art emergency department.
Services in the health center will include:
- Family medicine
- Internal medicine
- 24/7 full-service emergency department
- Imaging and lab services
- Diabetes education
- Chronic disease care
- Center for LGBT care, with providers who understand the health needs of LGBT patients, and access to specialists with expertise in their care
- Access to the Cleveland Clinic Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit, an ambulance equipped for on-site stroke diagnosis and treatment
- Behavioral health services with a team of psychiatrists, therapists, advanced practice nurses and other specialists who are trained to manage complex mental health issues
- Center for Brain Health specialists providing diagnosis and ongoing treatment for patients with cognitive disorders and support services for family members who care for them
- Many specialty services including urology, nephrology, pulmonology
Lakewood City Council in 2015 approved the deal with the Cleveland Clinic to close the former Lakewood Hospital and transform it to an emergency clinic and family health center.
Residents had opposed the Clinic's plan to close the hospital when a new facility in Avon opened up in 2016. They formed a group called "Save Lakewood Hospital." Supporters of hospital argued that the city’s economy would lose $280 million, while the Clinic and council said the proposal would actually save money.
In addition, the Cleveland Clinic, the city of Lakewood and Lakewood Hospital Association have teamed together to also establish a new $32 million non-profit foundation to "address community health and wellness needs in the city of Lakewood," according to a release.