CLEVELAND– MetroHealth Medical Center announced on Tuesday plans to acquire funding to rebuild the hospital.
The hospital system’s board of trustees recently approved the financing plan. The amount of money it plans to borrow is unclear at this time.
MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros said in a letter they’ve spent $80 million since 2005 on patching and repairing buildings.
“Our patients deserve better,” Boutros said.
MetroHealth said it hopes to begin construction on the new, nine-story hospital in 2018 and have it in use in 2022. The current hospital building will be demolished later that year.
“This isn’t about us. This is a social justice issue. Our patients – and everyone in Cuyahoga County – deserve better than the facility we have. Cleveland is undergoing an amazing renaissance right now. It’s a renaissance that will not work if some people are left behind. We’re doing all we can to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Boutros said.