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Cleveland Clinic&the City of East Cleveland Reach Agreement Related to Huron Hospital Closing

Clinic to Provide Financial and In-Kind Support to the City and Ongoing Medical Care to the Community

June 29, 2011

Cleveland Clinic and the City of East Cleveland have reached a mutually beneficial agreement that began with discussions on June 6, immediately after the announcement that Huron Hospital would be closing within 90 days.

The agreement, which is a combination of financial support and in-kind donations, is structured to ease the challenges the City will face from the loss of payroll tax revenue of approximately $1 million per year. Although Cleveland Clinic is investing in the new Huron Community Health Center, payroll tax revenue generated from the new facility is substantially less than that received currently from the hospital. Cleveland Clinic will make a contribution to the City over five years to alleviate the impact of the financial loss.

From the beginning, Cleveland Clinic has been committed to ensuring a smooth transition to lessen the financial burden on the City. “Mayor Gary Norton was the first call we made the day the Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to close Huron Hospital. We reached out to him to begin discussions, knowing that his City would face hardships,” said Toby M. Cosgrove, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic. “We will now be able to offer more services to this community through additional assets within the Cleveland Clinic health system, providing the highest level of care to the community,” he added.

We appreciate the countless concerned East Clevelanders, individuals and organizations who have supported our community’s effort to deal with the loss of Huron Hospital. While most cities receive nothing when a hospital closes, East Cleveland has worked with Cleveland Clinic to secure financial and other support which will ease our city’s financial pressure, prevent the facility from becoming an eyesore and help us aggressively pursue development opportunities,” said Mayor Gary Norton of East Cleveland.

“We are very proud to continue to serve this community as Huron Hospital has for the past 137 years. Although change is difficult, we truly believe we can better care for the patients in this community through the expanded resources of the Cleveland Clinic located two-and-a-half miles from Huron,” said David Bronson, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals. “We have taken great care to establish a medical center, in the East Cleveland community, to better meet patients needs, responsibly utilize resources, and drive patient safety and high-quality outcomes.”

On Oct. 3, 2011, Cleveland Clinic will open the new Cleveland Clinic Huron Community Health Center, which is uniquely designed to meet the needs of patients in this area. Cleveland Clinic worked closely with more than 250 members of the community to design this facility.

The new center will include a variety of outpatient services, including primary care, specialized care for women and children and mental health services. It will also include navigation services to help connect patients with financial and community services they may need, as well as prevention, wellness and health education programs.

Cleveland Clinic has a proud and long-standing history of providing high-quality care to the patients in Northeast Ohio, across the country, and around the world. It is fully committed to its mission of providing outstanding care regardless of patients’ ability to pay, further educating those who serve our communities, and advancing medical research and innovation to bring the best care to all of our patients.

Download a fact sheet on the support Cleveland Clinic is providing East Cleveland.

About Cleveland Clinic

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout Cleveland Clinic's health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

Media Contacts

Eileen Sheil, 216.444.8927, sheile@ccf.org
Erinne Dyer, 216.444.8168, dyere@ccf.org
Heather Phillips, 216.445.4517, phillih@ccf.org