University Hospitals closing last open unit at Ohio hospital

University Hospitals' Richmond Heights (Ohio) Medical Center will close its behavioral health unit, the last unit in operation at the hospital, on Dec. 17, according to

The Cleveland-based health system is ending inpatient care, emergency services and surgeries at the hospital. The decision was driven by staff shortages. 

The closed psychiatric unit at Richmond Heights Medical Center currently has 11 inpatients, according to the report. UH is identifying beds in its community hospitals for patients who will require inpatient care after the unit is closed.

"With the upcoming closing of the behavioral health unit, now the entire building will be vacant," Richmond Heights Mayor Kim Thomas told "I look forward to meeting with the UH leadership team to discuss the plans for the property to avoid having a blighted area."

In July, UH also announced that it was ending inpatient, surgical and emergency services at UH Bedford (Ohio) Medical Center. The health system is shifting services from the two hospitals to other UH hospitals in the region. 

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