Cleveland Clinic community hospital to close

Huron Hospital, a community hospital of the Cleveland Clinic in East Cleveland, will be shutting its doors.

The decision by one of the nation’s leading health care systems to close a neighborhood hospital, once a relatively rare event, reflects a stark new reality that is likely to play out across the country at hundreds of other hospitals that can no longer afford empty beds or wings and unused medical services. The federal health care law, which is likely to reduce payments for in-patient care, as well as changing demographics and a lessening dependence on hospitals, are converging into a death knell for longstanding health institutions. While many hospitals will be bought and converted into clinics or other health care centers, a lot are likely to be closed.

(h/t NC)

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