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Lakewood wellness

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Lakewood City Council voted in 2015 to approve the master agreement forged between the City, Lakewood Hospital Association and The Cleveland Clinic to ensure the availability of high quality health care, including 24/7/365 emergency services.

The unanimous vote came after more than 10 hours of public comments during three public readings of the ordinance presented to Council on Dec. 7, 2015. Since the agreement involves real estate transactions, Council’s approval was required before elements of the agreement could be launched.

Key highlights of the agreement include:

  • More personalized, responsive care and services for residents based on comprehensive research into community health needs
  • Location of a modern family health center that creates more value for the downtown district and increases economic development
  • Continued access to emergency services in a fully staffed emergency department open 24/7/365
  • Creates a unique community health foundation forging a long-term partnership of elected officials, civic leaders, health care providers and others to ensure appropriate and innovative health services
  • Holds health care providers accountable for effective programs that improve patient outcomes
  • More flexibility in the use of community assets, with increased opportunity to develop city-owned property.
  • The promise of a vibrant new downtown district to attract employers
  • Meets the special needs of the community’s diverse population
  • Reassurances for current employees of Lakewood Hospital

The plan to create a new health and wellness campus, first announced in January 2015, was reached after an extensive evaluation process. Lakewood Hospital Association trustees worked with consultants and conducted a Request for Proposal (RFP) from healthcare providers both nationally and locally. In addition, the plan reflects a community health needs assessment, a review of the hospital’s aging facilities (some of which are nearly 100 years old), the continued decline in inpatient volumes and the dramatic shift in the way healthcare is delivered throughout the country.


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