Cleveland City Council to rally over hospital closure

Cleveland City Council members are gearing up to protest the closing of a downtown hospital Friday morning.

Members are rallying to protest the closing of Huron Hospital.

They'll be outside the Cleveland Clinic at Noon.

Council got the rally word out on Twitter and Facebook.

The Cleveland Clinic released the following statement on the closing of Huron Hospital:

"Our commitment to our patients in East Cleveland has not changed. We're transitioning the way we care for patients to better meet their healthcare needs. We are building a new Cleveland Clinic Huron Community Health Center that will focus on chronic diseases that are prevalent in this patient population. Inpatient care will be moved to Cleveland Clinic's main campus, 2.5 miles from Huron Hospital, or other hospitals within our system. Transportation will be provided for those patients who need it.

After efforts to preserve Huron Hospital over the years, multiple factors led to the difficult decision to end inpatient services there. A declining population, reduced usage of the hospital, and a shrinking need for inpatient services required us to evaluate the best way to provide high-quality care to our patients, while using our resources responsibly.

Further, with the formation of the Northern Ohio Trauma Service (NOTS), we firmly believe that a regionalized approach to trauma will improve care and access to our communities across Northeast Ohio.

We are planning to hold open forums to engage the community about the transition of the Hospital and about the new Cleveland Clinic Huron Community Center in the near future."

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