There are many Save Lakewood Hospital signs still posted on lawns throughout Lakewood. What do you say to all those people who still believe you could, and should have done more to preserve the hospital?
We appreciate the sentiment and the heartfelt passion these citizens have for history and tradition. But that is not going to help this city grow and thrive in a new era of health care delivery and economic development. Saving Lakewood Hospital — continuing business as usual — is not going to make our residents physically healthier and may in fact threaten the economic health of this city. We hope the residents who care so deeply about the hospital, as we do, will refocus their energies on how new health care services and programs can meet the needs of our citizens.