LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Clinic hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, which marked the start of construction for the Clinic's new Lakewood Family Health Center.
The new 62,000 square-foot health center is expected to be completed by mid-2018 and will be located across the street from the old Lakewood Hospital facility. The new three-story building will house 60 exam rooms and 16 emergency department treatment bays. Additionally, the center will house an imaging center, family medicine practice, primary care physicians, and other medical specialists.
At Tuesday's event, which was held indoors, speakers included the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Cleveland Clinic Toby Cosgrove and Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers. Renderings of the final product were put on display.
Officials initially received backlash from part of the community when they announced the decision to close the current Lakewood Hospital. A group of Lakewood residents argued that even though the Cleveland Clinic agreed to replace the hospital, the community needed a better deal. The opponents to the close felt that hospital and land has more value than the Clinic agreed on.