LAKEWOOD, Ohio– Lakewood City Council approved a deal with the Cleveland Clinic Monday night that will close Lakewood Hospital.
The plan will turn Lakewood Hospital into a 24-hour emergency clinic and family health center.
“With this vote, the City can move forward to create the kind of health care opportunities that will serve our residents for many years to come,” said Mary Louise Madigan, president of Lakewood City Council. “Members of City Council have spent nearly a year immersing themselves in the details of this agreement, along with the challenges facing communities like ours around the nation. Clearly, we came to believe over time that this agreement represents the most promising option to ensure innovative health and wellness programs along with economic development opportunities to keep Lakewood a strong and attractive community.”
Supporters of the hospital argued that the city’s economy will lose $280 million, while the Clinic and council said the proposal will actually save money.
Earlier Monday, a judge ruled that Lakewood City Council could vote on plans for the hospital’s future.