During the past several years, many services have been moved from Lakewood Hospital to other Cleveland Clinic facilities. Many people are upset with Council about this issue — how do you respond?
Let’s make something clear: City Council is not in the business of running a hospital. It’s our job to make Lakewood as safe a city as possible, a vibrant place to live, and a community that keeps growing. There are market forces that are changing health care delivery in Every City USA. We will not speak for the Clinic about how it has chosen to respond to these market forces. The Lakewood Hospital Association, which is our tenant on our property and is responsible for operating the hospital, has found no violation in its agreement with the Clinic; and we have found no violation in the city’s lease with LHA. While no one is happy that Lakewood Hospital isn’t thriving, we will not assess blame to any particular party.