St. Vincent Charity Medical Center changing to outpatient care only

Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 11:09 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - St. Vincent Charity Medical Center on E. 22nd Street will change from a traditional acute care hospital into an ambulatory health services provider.

In other words, the hospital will focus on patients who can be treated in minutes or hours, as opposed to spending multiple days in the hospital’s care.

That means jobs will be lost, and some patients will need to find a new place for their medical needs.

“It’s always hard,” said Jan Murphy, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. “It’s a big transition for us but we know that we have a bright future.”

The campus is home to Downtown Cleveland’s only emergency room, which will soon be replaced by urgent care.

As part of the overhaul, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center will now provide the below outpatient services:

  • Outpatient mental health services
  • High-quality provision of addiction medicine services through Rosary Hall
  • Primary care, internal medicine and specialty clinics
  • Urgent care

“Since 1865, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center has weathered challenges, including the pandemic through which our caregivers served our patients and community with courage and grace. This deep commitment to serving our community through Catholic health care will continue as we transition to high-quality ambulatory care,” said Murphy. “This transition puts the hospital on a financially sustainable path forward despite the rapid, significant and ongoing changes in health care today.”

Officials said the hospital will keep about 100 caregivers, including clinical and non-clinical staff. The medical residents no longer needed are being invited to move to University Hospitals, which will be conducting job fairs.

“The other health systems and hospitals nearby are definitely looking for workers and have employment opportunities,” said John Palmer with the Ohio Hospital Association. “We’re hoping that collaboration with St. Vincent moves forward with this decision and that they’re working with their colleagues in the region to help their workers.”

Murphy said the hospital lost $3 million during the first month of the pandemic in 2020.

“Extrapolate that moving forward and that’s not sustainable,” Murphy added.

According to the American Hospital Directory, which tracks patient and financial statistics nationwide, St. Vincent lost $14 million last year.

“It’s very extreme and hospitals are constantly looking at how to right the ship,” said Palmer. “If something isn’t working very well, something has to give.”

The transition should be completed by Nov. 15, 2022.