The closing of the hospital will mean the loss of hundreds of jobs. How can the city recover from this?
The hospital jobs represent no more than 3 percent of Lakewood’s total resident workforce. We are not a one-employer town, and that makes Lakewood a strong community that can overcome the loss of these jobs. The agreement we negotiated makes clear that the employees who work for the Clinic at the hospital will be offered other positions in the Clinic’s health system.
We understand that some Clinic health system jobs will move into Lakewood from other cities.
Also, a new family health center bringing more people into our city for care is a promising alternative to 6 acres of abandoned property and an empty Lakewood Hospital. That’s the reality we believe we would face if we do not move forward now.