Twas The SLH Protest

By Marguerite Harkness

‘Twas the rainiest morning,
And out on the Street,
Stood legions of SLH folks,
Who wouldn’t be beat.

“Save Lakewood Hospital”,
They shouted out loud –
Save Lives, Save Jobs, and
Keep Lakewood proud!

The rain was relentless,
The puddles were deep,
The drivers were happy
To tell us “Beep-Beep”!

The Clinic cops were decent,
This we must say,
As we cleared the crosswalks,
And promised to obey.

Back home before breakfast,
Our coats soaking wet,
Our gloves and our pants
And our shoes were a mess!

Toby is bragging,
We heard with alarm,
He says Clinic’s flush,
Means Lakewood no harm.

But Clinic monopoly
In Lakewood’s own town
Means Lakewood’s economy
Is heading WAY DOWN!

A thousand of jobs,
And a ton of dough,
No inpatient beds,

Obstructionist Council Blows Opportunity to End Public Strife with March Vote

For Immediate Release —

Last night, after a series of unaccounted for delays, Lakewood City Council decided to postpone a March vote to save Lakewood Hospital.

The decision was made at a special council session that was called to discuss placing the issue on the March ballot.

The issue will either be placed in a special election in August, at a cost to taxpayers of between 100,000 and 150,000 dollars, or placed on the November ballot.

The popular conjecture is that council is playing the obstructionist card and purposely delayed the vote, hoping that citizens would forget about it and move on. But the more citizens come to grips with the fact the hospital is closed, the more frustrated they become with their elected officials.

It was with council’s seven votes that the hospital was closed. Pit those seven votes against the 2,686 certified signatures for the referendum to repeal the ordinance, and it is easy to understand that a large and potent movement has begun.

As an ongoing taxpayer lawsuit against city officials and the Cleveland Clinic continues, The Save Lakewood Hospital Committee will be setting up forums to educate the public. These forums will carry on until the time that the issue is voted on, be it August or November.

In the meantime, the future of the hospital remains in limbo, and our city remains divided as council missed a golden opportunity to end our city’s strife sooner than later by placing the issue on the March ballot.Read More

What’s New?

Save Lakewood Hospital’s PJ Bennett provides a summary of recent news and interpretive context:

Three times now, the Mayor and LHA have turned down offers from entities interested in keeping Lakewood Hospital a hospital.

Pretty crazy, huh?  They are bound and determined to turn the hospital into rubble for a medical office bldg., an under-glorified ‘ER’ and some retail.  Wow.

Like I and many others have said, it’s all about the money.

Who in their right mind would refuse more money than what is being offered by Cleveland Clinic?

Anyway, here’s a link to a recent post on

Mayors in other cities are fighting to keep hospitals in their cities, while the Mayor of Lakewood is giving ours away.

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Heed the Call of a Pillar of Medicine: Don’t Do It Again!

From the Lakewood Observer Observation Deck Forum:

Post by Brian Essi » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:55 pm

Pillar of Medicine Award winner Terry E. Kilroy, M.D. is known by many thousands as a very dedicated physician who healed them and saved their lives. He has spent a great amount of his life in Lakewood Hospital. Each day, he gives the finest care to many–frequently without compensation. He is truly a great human being and a crown jewel at Lakewood Hospital.

What many may not know is that Dr. Kilroy was around in 1986 and in 1996 and warned City leaders and the rest of us back then of exactly what we are facing now.

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Questions That Need Answers

From the Lakewood Observer:

The Lakewood City Council needs to answer certain specific questions in order make a valid judgement regarding our future health care, specifically the CCF Letter of Intent to close Lakewood Hospital. These answers need to be based on accurate, unbiased and comprehensive data derived from impartial and independent sources rather than those released only by the Cleveland Clinic.

First, what are the hospital needs of the citizens of Lakewood and our service area (Zip codes 44107, 44102, 44111, 44116 and 44135)? The average need in Ohio is 2.6 acute care beds per 1000 population. This indicates a need for 135 beds (2.6/1000 x 52,000) for our citizens and a total of 400 beds for our service area. We need to know four things regarding our current needs: 1) What are the hospitalized medical diagnoses (ICD-9 codes) and surgical procedures (CPT codes) that led to current hospitalizations? 2) Which hospitals were utilized by these patients and with what distribution? 3) What is the trend over the past 10 years for these numbers? 4) What is the reimbursement for each of these diagnoses and procedures?
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JP Findlay’s Project

The producer of a short video (it’s been fixed again) of Lakewood firefighters commenting on Lakewood Hospital, JP Findlay also had this to say – in early 2015:

“Lakewood Hospital, in local Lakewood, Ohio recently announced it would be closing it’s doors at the end of 2016. A decision that has left many Lakewood paramedics uneasy, to say the least.

Owned by the city and occupied by the Cleveland Clinic since 1996, Lakewood Hospital has a current lease on the building it occupies until 2026. The hospital is a 233-bed inpatient facility, which boasts a comprehensive stroke center, emergency department and cancer center.

Lakewood Hospital is perhaps most well-known as a highly regarded neurology center.Read More

Elect Skindell for Mayor to save Lakewood Hospital: Sun Post Herald Letter to the Editor

The following is a letter posted on

Our State Senator, Lakewood resident and former Lakewood Councilman Michael Skindell, a candidate for mayor of Lakewood, has publicly stated Lakewood Hospital (which Lakewood owns) can and should be saved.

He is right, but his opponent, Mayor Mike Summers, publicly, wrongly states it should be closed, as Cleveland Clinic, which leases it till 2026, insists, because it does not want Lakewood Hospital competing with its new hospital in Avon. MetroHealth expressed interest in running Lakewood Hospital, but that proposal was sabotaged by Summers. Electing Skindell will give Lakewood a fresh start with MetroHealth and an honest effort to find a good partner to run Lakewood Hospital, even if it has less beds and adds a wellness center. Lawyers for the Save Lakewood Hospital organization suing in court to save the hospital have discovered documents proving Cleveland Clinic planned years ago to weaken and close Lakewood Hospital.

Legislation introduced Sept. 8 in Lakewood City Council by lame duck councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan and councilman Tom Bullock (both voted to close the hospital as its trustees) and councilman Sam O’Leary would, if passed, authorize Law Director Kevin Butler to negotiate with Cleveland Clinic to close Lakewood Hospital. It does not allow Butler to negotiate with MetroHealth or anybody else that wants to save Lakewood Hospital. So it is a dirty deal from bad intentions, to serve Cleveland Clinic. In Ward 3, Mark Schneider is running for City Council. He wants to save Lakewood Hospital – unlike his opponent John Litten, who voted to close it as a Lakewood Hospital Trustee.

In the November general election a referendum should be on the ballot, by Save Lakewood Hospital, for Lakewood residents to vote to save the hospital, despite certain untrustworthy politicians acting as puppets of Cleveland Clinic, and big business vultures who would profit by replacing the hospital with something less valuable to the Lakewood public.

Steve Gannis,


Upcoming rally, meetings schedule

The first week of October is very busy for the debate about Lakewood Hospital.

Thursday, Oct. 1: Candidate Forum from 7-9 pm in Lakewood City Hall Auditorium. Candidates for School Board, Municipal Judge, City Council and Mayor will present their positions. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. (Please note, campaign literature, apparel, signage, buttons, etc are not permitted inside the auditorium. Photography, audio and/or video recording of the candidates is prohibited.)

Saturday Oct. 3 Lakewood Hospital Informational Meeting from 9:30 – 11:30 am in Mr. Winton’s Den at Winton Place, 12700 Lake Ave.
(Tell the front desk that you are there for a meeting in Mr. Winton’s Den. You will be directed from there.)

Terry Kilroy, MD; Ashoka Nautiyal, MD; and Lakewood Hospital Foundation Physician Designees will be there; as well as Michael Summers, Mayor of Lakewood; and Michael Skindell, Ohio State Senator, District 23.

R.S.V.P. if you plan on attending as space is limited.
Nancy Roth: 216.375.5812 or Pat Vecchio: 216.228.6841

Sunday, October 4 Save Lakewood Hospital meeting at 4 p.m. in the main Lakewood Library.

Monday, October 5 Rally at 6:30 p.m. ahead of the City Council meeting, 12650 Detroit Ave. Wear RED! Bring Save Lakewood Hospital Signs! Tell your relatives, friends and neighbors… and children! We are kid-friendly!

More about St. Michael’s, Richmond

Former congressman Dennis Kucinich has been very active, during the past week, in promoting the fight for Lakewood Hospital. In addition to hosting local events, he has requested an investigation by Ohio’s attorney general.

Kucinich’s involvement has not proved popular with everyone. On Thursday, city council president Mary Madigan and law director Kevin Butler derided Kucinich’s actions, as well as his past efforts on behalf of St. Michael’s. Save Lakewood Hospital has reviewed facts about St. Michael’s, already; yesterday City of South Euclid councilman Marty Gelfand penned this further response about why efforts like Mr. Kucinich’s make a difference:

September 27, 2015

To the Editor of the Plain Dealer:

I read “Kucinich seeks state protection of assets,” (Sept. 25) and was taken aback by Councilwoman Madigan’s comments.

I was Congressman Kucinich’s senior counsel when we saved St. Michael and Richmond Heights hospitals. Those hospitals would have been leveled in early 2000 but for our intervention in state, federal, and Bankruptcy courts.  Cleveland Clinic would have fired every St. Michael employee on the spot if we had not legally blocked its maneuver. When St. Michael did close 3 years later, every employee was placed either in the UH system or in other area hospitals.

University Hospital Richmond Medical Center is thriving today, serving our constituents in South Euclid and competing with Cleveland Clinic hospitals in the eastern suburbs. Without our intervention in 2000, the Cleveland Clinic would have had a monopoly in northeast Cuyahoga County.

Madigan asks: where has Kucinich been? Although redistricted out of Congress after the 2010 census when Ohio lost 2 Congressional seats, he doesn’t need elective office to be an active citizen.  The rights to free speech, press and assembly as well as the right to petition our government for a redress of grievance belong to everyone.

Marty Gelfand

View a PDF of Mr. Gelfand’s original letter

Kucinich hosts press conference, forum

Former congressman Dennis Kucinich addressed several representatives of local media Monday morning, in a press conference in front of Lakewood Hospital.

Distributing copies of the “decanting” plan and additional documents recently revealed in court, Kucinich asserted that Cleveland Clinic intentionally misled the city of Lakewood with promises of a new hospital. Urging Lakewood’s people and leadership to consider the new information becoming available, he called on the city to file a brief in support of the lawsuit for damages to Lakewood Hospital.

Kucinich also hosted a community forum in the evening, at the Lakewood main library. One attendee has posted photos here, and has a brief story about the forum here.

The documents Kucinich presented are available online at the end of this article.

WKYC and Fox8 have posted stories about the press conference; the Lakewood Observer has a draft transcript of Kucinich’s remarks, and photos.

Feature story in this week’s Scene

The new issue of Scene carries an extensive feature on “The Struggle to Save (or Close) Lakewood Hospital…” by Eric Sandy. This is a great opportunity to help friends and neighbors who aren’t closely following every event and update in this drawn-out fight; pick up a copy and pass it on.

The general story touted by the city is that “changes in health care” and “declining patient volumes” had forced the mayor’s hand. But as the opposition described to Scene, the Cleveland Clinic can pretty much dictate who goes where — i.e., which and how many Northeast Ohio patients take their health care business to which Clinic outpost. With services like pediatrics and trauma care being shipped elsewhere in the Clinic network from Lakewood Hospital, patient volumes began decreasing ipso facto. What patients were left were more often enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, kicking Clinic profits down another notch.

Very quickly, residents chipped away at claims that “changes in health care” were driving the losses. Puzzle pieces began locking into place. The data points that were being used to justify the hospital’s closure were direct consequences of the Clinic’s evolving policies over the past 10 years.

The complete story is also online.

Match Challenge

The next eight weeks are critical in our efforts to Save Lakewood Hospital.

In honor of Labor Day and all the hard work of SLH volunteers everywhere, an anonymous supporter is issuing a challenge to other SLH supporters this week.

For every dollar contributed to SLH through Thursday, September 17, this supporter will match that contribution up to $1000.

Contribute to SLH this week and your $20 becomes $40!  Your $50 becomes $100!  Your $100 becomes $200!

C’mon everyone, let’s have some fun way and raise some needed funds for SLH.  Show your support for SLH this week by making a generous contribution and doubling your money!

You can donate through the website or send a check made out to:

c/o Bill Call
14713 Lake Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107

Wallet feeling a little light?  It’s free to talk to your friends and neighbors!

Pinching pennies this month?  Call Mayor Summers (529-6600 or or Council President Madigan (228-9578 or and tell them to keeps their paws off Lakewood Hospital!

All tapped out right now?  You can still come to a city council meeting and show your support!

Warnings in the Huron consulting report

Huron Consulting, retained by the city of Lakewood in June to study the Cleveland Clinic letter of intent and related issues, submitted its final report in August. Some important points to hang onto, as the debate over Lakewood Hospital proceeds to its next phase:

The 89-page presentation is, judged as a whole, painstakingly noncommittal. Its authors emphasize that they do not provide investment or legal advice (pp. 4, 52), and explicitly caution that they considered neither “the impact on employment in the City” nor Lakewood’s share of responsibility for maintaining acute care services in the community. Reasons for Lakewood Hospitals’s decline in patient volume receive a cursory examination, as well.

Given this context, however, readers should be all the more concerned by problems that Huron identifies with the management of Lakewood Hospital and proposals for its future.

Huron’s review of the search for alternative hospital partners is particularly troubling. From page 43: “It is our understanding that a release from Cleveland Clinic regarding potential tortious interference claims was not obtained upon the initial marketing of the Hospital. We would generally not conduct a sales process in such a circumstance without first obtaining a release (or permission) from the company managing or operating the hospital. [Emphasis added] It is not known if the lack of such a release impacted interest among potential buyers.”

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Highest and Best Use

The coming days may be particularly important to demonstrate, to city council, support for keeping Lakewood Hospital open. Messages to members David Anderson (ward 1), Sam O’Leary (ward 2) and Cindy Marx (at large) are especially encouraged.

Save Lakewood Hospital president Marguerite Harkness has recently offered these comments to city council:

Hello Councilpersons,

The highest and best use of the hospital site is a fully-functioning inpatient hospital, with expanded outpatient facilities and services. (This includes the professional building, the south garage, and the auxiliary health building.)

Please keep in mind:

  • Lakewood’s population is declining moderately; we don’t need more housing.
  • Lakewood has loads of empty storefronts; we don’t need more retail space.
  • Lakewood restaurants are coming . . . and GOING; we don’t need more bars and restaurants.
  • Lakewood Center North is half empty; we don’t need more office space.

Fairview Hospital is JAMMED with Lakewood residents being sent there for medical services; what we NEED in Lakewood is a fully-functioning inpatient hospital.

And if we lose the 1100 jobs (over 1600 W-2’s which means actual people), we REALLY won’t need more housing, more retail space, more bars, or more office space.

Please know that physicians are eyeing our situation, and our efforts to preserve and create a fully-functioning hospital with independent physicians who can practice medicine and take care of their patients, HERE, in Lakewood.

They KNOW we will succeed, and they are actually making bold financial decisions that will be part of the solution that saves and expands our hospital.

There are over 1,000 independent physicians from Brooklyn to Rocky River, in about a dozen practices.  There is no shortage of medical staff to work here.

Thank you,

The Charter of the City of Lakewood OH

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Second Amended Charter was adopted on November 7, 2000.  Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading indicate those provisions were subsequently adopted, amended or repealed on the date given.
      §1.    Powers.
      §2.   Manner of Exercise.  (11-8-11)
      §3.   Interpretation.  (11-8-11)
      §1.   Executive and Administrative Powers.
      §2.   Residency, Term and Qualifications of Mayor.
      §3.   Mayor Ex-Officio Director.
      §4.   Mayor’s Appointment Power.  (11-5-02)
      §5.   Salary of the Mayor. (11-8-05)
      §6.   General Powers and Duties of Mayor.
      §7.   Mayor’s Investigation.  (11-8-11)
      §8.   Acting and Interim Mayor.  (11-8-11)
      §9.   Location of Office; Full-Time Position.
      §10.   Right of Mayor and Directors in Council.
      §1.   Membership, Election and Term.
      §2.   Qualifications and Vacancies.  (11-8-11)
      §3.   Salaries. (11-8-05)
      §4.   Meetings.
      §5.   Organization and Open Meetings.  (11-8-11)
      §6.   President of Council.
      §7.   Clerk, Vice President and Other Officers of Council.
      §8.   Enactment of Ordinances and Resolutions.
      §9.   Voter Approval of Ordinances and Resolutions. (11-8-05)
      §10.   Mayor’s Approval or Disapproval of Legislation.
      §11.   Recording of Legislation; Codified Ordinances.
      §12.   Publication.  (11-8-11)
      §13.   Effective Date of Legislation.
      §14.   Estimate of Expense; Appropriation Ordinances.
      §15.   Appropriations of Balance or Accruing Revenue Not Already Appropriated.
      §16.   Drawing Money from the Treasury; Unexpended Balances Revert.
      §17.   Bonds Required.
      §1.   Departments Established.
      §2.   Directors of Departments.
      §1.   Duties of Director.
      §2.   Public Improvements.
§1.   Divisions Established.
      §2.   Duties of Director.
      §3.   Organization.
      §4.   Assignment of Duties.
      §5.   Suspension from Duties.
      §6.   Suspension of Chiefs.
      §7.   Appeal from Suspension.
      §1.   Qualifications and Duties of Director.
      §2.   Duties Imposed by General Law.  (11-8-11)
§1.   Duties.
      §2.   Accounting Procedure.
      §3.   Reports.
      §4.   Certification.
      §5.   Funds Subject to Certification.
      §6.   Failure to Comply.
      §1.   Duties of Director.
      §1.   Duties of Director.
      §1.   Appointment and Term of Members.
      §2.   President; Secretary.
      §3.   Classified and Unclassified Service.
      §4.   Procedure.
      §5.   Salaries.
      §6.   Suspension of Commission Member.
      §7.   Advisory Salary Recommendations. (11-8-05)
      §1.   Organization.
      §2.   Administrative Staff.
      §3.   Powers and Duties.
      §4.   Mandatory Referral.
      §1.   Organization.
      §2.   Powers and Duties.
      §1.   Organization.  (11-5-02)
      §2.   Powers and Duties.
§1.   Establishment; Board of Trustees.
      §2.   Term of Board Members.
      §3.   Duties and Powers of the Board.
      §4.   Lease Alternative.
      §1.   Local Improvements.
      §2.   Methods of Special Assessment.
      §3.   Preliminary Assessments.
      §4.   Notices Served.
      §5.   Plans and Proposed Improvements.
      §6.   Board of Revision of Assessments.
      §7.   Claims.
      §8.   Final Assessment.
      §9.   Damages Assessed.  (11-8-11)
      §10.   Work to be Done.
      §11.   Lands Unallotted or Not on Duplicate.
      §12.   Interest on Assessment Bonds.
      §13.   Limitation on Assessments.
      §14.   City’s Portion of Cost.
      §15.   Replacing Existing Improvements.
      §16.   Subsequent Improvements.
      §17.   Supplementary Assessments and Rebates.
      §18.   Sewer and Water Connections.
      §19.   Sidewalks.
      §20.   Further Proceedings Unnecessary.
      §21.   Assessment Bonds.
      §22.   Alterations or Modifications in Contract.
      §23.   Plat of Subdivision.
      §24.   Fee Shall Vest in City.
      §25.   Streets and Public Grounds.
      §26.   Alteration of Streets.
      §27.   Dedication of Streets.
      §28.   Vacation or Change of Name.
      §29.   Taxation Without Vote.
      §30.   Levy for Police and Firemen’s Disability and Pension Fund.
      §31.   Levy for Reconstruction, Expansion, Operation and Maintenance of a Sewer Disposal Plant.  (11-8-11)
      §1.   Appropriation.
      §2.   Declaratory Resolution.
      §3.   Notice.  (11-8-11)
      §4.   Further Proceedings.
      §1.   Grant.
      §2.   Renewals.
      §3.   Extension.
      §4.   Consents.
      §5.   Regulations.
      §1.   Regular and Special Municipal Elections.  (11-5-02)
      §2.   Primary Elections.  (11-4-08)
      §3.   Election Procedures.  (11-5-02)
      §4.   Certificate of Nomination When No Primary is Held.  (11-5-02)
      §5.   Designation of Candidates.  (11-5-02)
      §6.   Declarations of Candidacy.  (11-6-12)
      §7.   Ballot Form.  (11-5-02)
      §8.   Nomination and Election of Judges.  (11-5-02)
      §1.   Right to Initiative.
      §2.   Form of Petition.
      §3.   Signatures to Petition.
      §4.   Filing of Petition.
      §5.   Additional Signatures.
      §6.   Hearing by Council Committee.
      §7.   Action by Council.
      §8.   Power of Council.
      §9.   Certification; Supplemental Petition.
      §10.   Submission to Electors.
      §11.   Ballot Form.
      §12.   Repealing Ordinances.
      §13.   Publication, Amendment or Repeal.
      §1.   Right to Referendum.
      §2.   Form of Petition.
      §3.   Signatures to Petition.
      §4.   Filing of Petition.
      §5.   Additional Signatures.
      §6.   Procedure.
      §7.   Ballot Form.
      §8.   Majority Vote.
      §9.   Enactments Not Subject to Referendum.
      §10.   Initiated Ordinance Subject to Referendum.
      §11.   Referendum of Measures Taking Early Effect.
      §12.   Acts Preliminary to Election.
      §1.   Recall Procedure.
      §2.   Petitions.
      §3.   Signatures.
      §4.   Filing and Certification.
      §5.   Supplemental Petitions.
      §6.   Recall Election.
      §7.   Ballots.
      §8.   Succeeding Officer.
      §9.   State Law Governs Where No Charter Provision.
      §1.   Continuance of Present Officers.
      §2.   Oath of Office.
      §3.   Activity of Officials and Employees Restricted.  (5-8-07)
      §4.   Continuance of Contracts.
      §5.   Continuance of Other Enactments.
      §6.   Amendments.
      §7.   Severability.
      §8.   Charter Review Commission.
      §9.   Exceptions for Bonds, Notes and Other Debt Instruments.

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“Decanting” Lakewood Hospital

On June 21, 2012, three years before the plan to close and raze Lakewood Hospital was revealed to the public and beneficiaries of the charitable trust, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) representatives met to discuss the decanting plan of Lakewood Hospital. (Ex. 2).

Under the decanting plan,

  • 30-45 beds from Lakewood Hospital’s nursing unit will be moved to Fairview Hospital;
  • 16 intensive care unit beds at Lakewood Hospital will be moved to Fairview Hospital;
  • Fairview Hospital will absorb 700-800 births per year from Lakewood Hospital;
  • 7,000-8,000 Lakewood Hospital inpatient emergency department visits will be moved to Fairview Hospital;
  • 1,315-1,773 inpatient surgeries per year will be moved from Lakewood Hospital to Fairview Hospital;
  • Lakewood Hospital physicians will be moved to Fairview Hospital and other CCF wholly-owned hospitals;
  • 12 geropsych beds will be moved from Lakewood Hospital to Lutheran Hospital;
  • Lakewood Hospital’s vascular laboratory will be moved to Fairview Hospital;
  • some Lakewood Hospital inpatient beds will be moved to Fairview Hospital;
  • and inpatient surgery and the catheterization laboratory at Lakewood Hospital will be moved to Fairview Hospital. (Ex. 1).

All of these services, employees, and equipment that have been moved and will continue to be moved away from Lakewood Hospital are City assets. More importantly, those assets belong to a charitable trust for the charitable purpose of providing high quality health care to the third party beneficiaries of the trust: City taxpayers and residents, Lakewood Hospital employees, and the general public.

The need for these medical services, including inpatient surgery, is demonstrated by CCF’s Master Plan for Fairview Hospital showing Lakewood Hospital’s 1,773 surgery cases being transferred (i.e. decanted) to CCF’s wholly-owned Fairview Hospital.

Read more here: 2015.07.31.01.Reply in Support of PI w Exhibits-2

Medicare Turns 50!

July 30th Celebration of Medicare ‘s 50th Birthday and March to Save Lakewood Hospital

On July 30th communities from over 45 cities across the US will gather to celebrate one of the most successful social programs in US history- Medicare.

Protecting and celebrating  Medicare and protecting our hospital go hand in hand.  Join thousands of people across the US as well as right here at home to ensure that everyone who needs high quality care has it where and when they need it most.

11-1 Press conference, Lunch, games, music & more

12-1 Speakers

1-2 March from Lakewood Park to Lakewood Hospital ( 1mile round trip)




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Save Lakewood Hospital to Hold Rally, Present Petitions to Lakewood City Council

***Press Release***
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill Grulich,

May 18, 2015

Communications Chair   (216) 521-1239

Save Lakewood Hospital to Hold Rally, Present Petitions to Lakewood City Council

Lakewood, Ohio — On Monday, May 18, 2015, Supporters of Save Lakewood Hospital will rally and present petitions containing more than 2,000 signatures to Lakewood City Council. The petitions request City Council to reject a proposal brought forward in January by Mayor Mike Summers to close Lakewood Hospital and to establish a Cleveland Clinic Family Wellness Center. The proposal was memorialized on January 14, 2015, in a “Letter of Intent” signed by Lakewood Hospital Association, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Lakewood Hospital Foundation.

Save Lakewood Hospital Rally

When: Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Where: Front of Lakewood City Hall

12650 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Ohio

Presentation of Petitions

When: Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Council Chamber – City Hall

12650 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, Ohio

Save Lakewood Hospital is a grassroots citizens’ organization and was formed following the announcement of the proposal to close of Lakewood Hospital. Save Lakewood Hospital has been working with elected officials, community leaders, medical professionals, residents of the service territory of the Hospital and local businesses to preserve and promote Lakewood Hospital as a full service community hospital.

Lakewood Hospital was founded in 1907 by a group of doctors and became a municipal public hospital in 1930. Currently, the City of Lakewood leases the hospital to the Lakewood Hospital Association. In 1996, the Lakewood Hospital Association entered into a long-term lease ending in 2026 with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the operation of the hospital. The proposal outlined by the January 2015 Letter of Intent, would terminate the lease and result in the closure and demolition of the hospital. The Cleveland Clinic is currently constructing a new hospital in Avon, Ohio.

“The fact that the Cleveland Clinic does not need Lakewood Hospital does not mean Lakewood Hospital is not needed to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Marguerite Harkness, CPA, Chairwoman of Save Lakewood Hospital. “City Council must reject the Letter of Intent,” Ms. Harkness added.

Vice Chairman of Save Lakewood Hospital, Thomas Monahan stated: “The case for closure of Lakewood Hospital has not been made. The Cleveland Clinic is responsible for the reduction in patient volume by referring patients to other facilities and diminishing services. City Council must reject the Letter of Intent and pursue enforcement of the current contracts or seek another healthcare partner.”


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MetroHealth says it offered proposal for Lakewood Hospital

By Bruce Geiselman, Northeast Ohio Media Group 
on April 29, 2015 at 2:16 PM

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Save Lakewood Hospital and its supporters have urged the city to find another health care provider, such as MetroHealth Medical Center, to keep open Lakewood Hospital.

Lakewood Hospital Association trustees repeatedly have said MetroHealth withdrew from talks about operating the hospital, but a MetroHealth spokeswoman on Tuesday seemed to say Lakewood made the decision.

“Yes we responded to the [request for proposals],” MetroHealth spokeswoman Tina Shaerban Arundel said in a written statement. “The city of Lakewood decided to go with the Clinic’s proposal.”

Arundel also said MetroHealth is interested in working with communities on meeting their health care needs.

“We are always looking at ways to collaborate with health care providers and community leaders to see if there’s a role MetroHealth can play in building up the health of the community,” she said.

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Rebuttal to Mayor’s comments on Channel 43

You can watch the Save LW Hospital Reply on Channel 19, online or:

Wednesday April 29 – Monday May 4

Wednesday April 29, 2015 (end of the 6 pm newscast)

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Hospitals Leaving Poorer Communities

kaiser health hospital relocationBelleville Mayor Mark Eckert stands outside St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is looking to move to wealthier digs.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been a downtown bedrock of Belleville, Illinois, since 1875.

The Catholic hospital is so tied to this southern Illinois city that when the local economy slumped in 2009, the non-profit St. Elizabeth’s gave $20 to every employee to spend on Main Street, sending hundreds of shoppers out to the mostly mom and pop-owned stores.

But “St. E’s,” as locals call it, now faces its own financial troubles, largely a result of the costs of maintaining an obsolete facility and of growing numbers of low-income and uninsured patients from Belleville and neighboring East St. Louis, one of the poorest cities in the Midwest.

Like a small but growing number of hospitals around the country, St. Elizabeth’s is taking a radical step. Hospital officials plan to close the 303-bed hospital and are seeking state approval to build a $300-million facility seven miles northeast, in O’Fallon. It’s a wealthier city that is one of the fastest-growing communities in the St. Louis region with new subdivisions, proximity to a regional mall, and quick access to Interstate 64.

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Taking the Financial Temperature of the Possible Lakewood Hospital Closure

Taking the Financial Temperature of the Possible Lakewood Hospital Closure

Posted By  on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 10:23 am


Since city leaders first announced that Lakewood Hospital would be “redesigned to fit community needs,” i.e. “transitioned into a wellness campus,” Lakewood City Council has held a number of hearings to explain all sorts of angles to the news. In short, there’s no sense that the Letter of Intent signed with Cleveland Clinic will be done away with; rather, the city is just trying to find ways to “manage.”

The immediate 2016 financial impact of the measure would involve a $1.5- to $1.7-million hit to the city’s general fund. That’s 4 percent of general fund revenues. (Council members later pushed back during a Monday night meeting, saying that the loss could be greater, as it’s possible and likely that salaries and income tax withholdings of the 150-250 wellness campus employees will not proportionally match the salaries and income tax withholdings of the 1,000-plus Lakewood Hospital employees. But that’s one of seemingly hundreds of unknowns at this point.)

The point is: This would be a blow to Lakewood.

“This is going to be a loss,” Council President Mary Louise Madigan said, avoiding the subjunctive. “We know that. We’re trying to manage our future.”

While none of this is final, it sure feels like it at Lakewood City Hall.
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City of Lakewood faces lawsuit for hospital management

Attorney Christopher M. DeVito has called on the City of Lakewood to defend its contractual rights, under its lease agreement with Cleveland Clinic, rather than cooperating with the Clinic to liquidate Lakewood Hospital.

Supported by Senator Michael Skindell and other Save Lakewood Hospital members, DeVito addressed local news media at a press conference outside the hospital Tuesday morning. DeVito explained that he has written Lakewood Law Director Kevin Butler, calling on him to file a lawsuit on or before May 1 to “preserve and ensure the continued operation of Lakewood Hospital for the benefit of the Lakewood community.”

In the event the City fails to file a lawsuit by the May 1 deadline, DeVito intends to file a lawsuit on behalf of the residents and taxpayers of the City of Lakewood.

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