Cleveland Clinic's Lakewood Hospital ceases inpatient services

Cleveland Clinic's 108-year-old Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital shut down inpatient services Feb. 5, allowing the health system to move forward with plans to replace the facility with a $34 million family healthcare clinic.

Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers said the wind-down of inpatient operations at the hospital was orderly, and all 845 full-time employees either kept their jobs in Lakewood or were offered similar jobs within the Cleveland Clinic system, according to Cleveland.com.

Cleveland Clinic announced plans to close the hospital last January, and, after 11 months of debate, the system reached an agreement in December to close the facility. Under the agreement, Cleveland Clinic will construct a family health center, which will include outpatient-based programs, an emergency department, wellness services and outreach services.

Cleveland Clinic plans to begin construction of the family health center this fall, and Lakewood Hospital's existing emergency room will remain open until the family health center is completed.

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