To summarize: (1) The Cleveland Clinic does not have a lease with the city and is not obligated to run Lakewood Hospital through the end of the city’s lease with LHA. (2) LHA, the city’s tenant and the entity responsible for running the hospital, could cease operating the hospital notwithstanding the lease, leaving the city with no partners to run the hospital. (3) The Cleveland Clinic is not required to cover LHA’s operating losses. And (4) neither LHA nor the Cleveland Clinic is obligated to invest significant capital money into the hospital facility—making major improvements at the hospital the city’s responsibility.
It’s my hope these questions and answers will help inform your views on the city government’s and the citizens’ roles in supporting a robust healthcare delivery model in Lakewood for years and decades to come.
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