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

EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Clinic and the City of East Cleveland have reached an agreement regarding the closing of Huron Hospital.

The Clinic announced Wednesday they are giving money to the City of East Cleveland to make up for the lost income tax revenue. Over the next six years, the Clinic will give about eight-million dollars.

"We're pleased with the relationship that's evolved," said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Cleveland Clinic President.

"We started from zero and got something worth millions for over the next few years," East Cleveland Mayor Gary Horton.

The old Huron Hospital will be turned into a "green space" area.

Huron Hospital will still close this September.

But after the agreement was reached, the city of Cleveland remains angered by it all.

Feeling it shouldn't be a money issue and it needs to be about saving lives. The city announced Wednesday that they're re filing the lawsuit against the Cleveland Clinic for taking critical care.

"The loss of Huron Hospital's trauma center will create a gap in the service that we provide to our community because in life and death situations, every minute counts. That is why it is important that we have a trauma center on the east side of Cleveland. Negotiations failed to keep the trauma center open and therefore, we are taking the matter to federal court," said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

The clinic had this to say about the lawsuit:

"We are disappointed to learn that the City of Cleveland filed a lawsuit today related to emergency/trauma services at Huron Hospital. Given the dramatic decline in patient volume, the hospital is unable to maintain a safe trauma program for patients long-term. With the formation of the Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS), we are committed to providing the highest level of trauma care for all citizens of Northeast Ohio that mirrors the best programs across the United States.

The day we announced that Huron Hospital was closing, we immediately reached out to the Mayors of Cleveland and East Cleveland to engage in conversations about this issue. We are pleased to have reached an agreement today with the City of East Cleveland that will benefit its community and not include litigation.

Unfortunately, the City of Cleveland has chosen to litigate rather than have dialogue that may have led to a more productive outcome."

Statement from Cleveland Clinic
City of Cleveland Files Lawsuit
June 29, 2011

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