“I am deeply disappointed that the Cleveland Clinic is abandoning a critical component of healthcare for thousands of constituents in Cleveland and East Cleveland by eliminating in-patient service in an area where it is desperately needed,” Fudge said in a news release. “While the opening of the Cleveland Clinic Huron Community Health Center in October is important for meeting the needs of residents, it should not be viewed as a replacement for emergency room care and inpatient medical care.”
Fudge met with clinic officials, including Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, its president and CEO, on Tuesday and then held a news conference outside of the hospital afterward. Clinic officials did not release details of the meeting. In an e-mail, hospital spokeswoman Eileen Sheile said the “meeting was informative, and we shared the reasons behind the closing and had an open discussion with community leaders.”
In his statement, Jackson said how there were 3,000 ambulance transports to the hospital in 2010, of which 800 were trauma victims, and said the clinic never discussed its intent to shutting down the hospital emergency department.
“The Cleveland Clinic has left the city with little choice but to resume legal action in an effort to protect the public health and safety interest of our community,” Jackson said. “We, along with the City of East Cleveland, will begin reaching out to all affected parties to determine next steps.”
Contentious discussions to maintain the hospital's status as a Level 2 trauma center also took place in 2003 and 2010.