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Taxpayer Request For Legal Action To Preserve Lakewood Hospital

Re: Taxpayer Request for Legal Action to Preserve Lakewood Hospital

Dear Law Director Butler:

I represent Mr. Edward M. Graham, Esq., Mr. William J. Grulich, Ms. Deborah "D.L." L. Meckes, Marguerite Harkness, and all residents and taxpayers of the City of Lakewood. This letter constitutes the written request pursuant to Article VII, Section 1 (G), of the 2nd Amended Charter of Lakewood and Ohio Revised Code ("R.C.") 733.59 on behalf of my clients that you, as Law Director of the City of Lakewood, promptly apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for relief to preserve and ensure the continued operation of Lakewood Hospital for the benefit of the Lakewood community.

My clients are forced to take this action because of failed leadership. They are committed to holding the Mayor and City Council, and the leadership of Lakewood Hospital Association, Lakewood Hospital Foundation, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation responsible and accountable for their actions and omissions in managing Lakewood Hospital and failure in being good stewards of these valuable assets in our community. The only course of action the City should be pursuing is to protect these assets and manage them in the best interests of the health and welfare of the citizens of the City of Lakewood. The City needs to ignore the strategic plan of the Cleveland Clinic and begin to focus on the economic and healthcare interests of its residents. The above named taxpayers request that you seek:

  • Relief under Article VII, Section 1 (D), of the 2nd Amended Charter of Lakewood and Ohio R.C. 733.56 for an injunction to enjoin abuses of the corporate power of Lakewood and execution or performance of any contract in contravention of the 2nd Amended Charter of Lakewood and the Ordinances of the City of Lakewood relating to the preservation and continued operation of Lakewood Hospital;

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Council Consider Designating A New Park

The April 6, 2015 Council meeting was called to order at 7:33 P.M. by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan. The first order of business was a Committee of the Whole report regarding the Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted by the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA), the Lakewood Hospital Foundation (LHF), and the Cleveland Clinic, in regards to Lakewood Hospital.

Councilwoman Madigan summarized several reports on the meetings the Committee has held about the LOI in the last month. It started with a meeting with the LHA to discuss their process and reasoning in coming to deciding on the LOI. Then there was a meeting to discuss issues of transportation for the services that would be moved. They heard from Health and Human Services Director Toni Gelsomino, as well as the Police and Fire Chiefs. They held a meeting where members of the community were invited to offer alternatives to the LOI, an occasion where Dr. Terry Kilroy and State Senator Michale Skindell both presented. They also held a meeting on how the change in local services will affect the community including the impact on specific groups such as seniors and the poor. Lastly they held discussions on what kind of development might occur if the LOI moves forward and land on the Hospital site is opened up. For that discussion they heard from Patty Ryan from the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Ian Andrews from Lakewood Alive, and from Dru Siley, Director of the City's Planning and Development Department.

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Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Contest Winners

Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest winners were honored at the Beck Center for the Arts on March 30. From left: Todd Lessig, president, Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River; Kyle Stephens, first place; Kerrigan Hall, second place; Sarah Mathieson, third place; and Cindy Einhouse, president/CEO, Beck Center for the Arts.

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 30 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

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Harding Mock Trial Teams Learn Lessons In Justice

Witness Erin Kelly and attorney Sarah Yonkers will make up part of the 8th grade Mock Trial team in Columbus. Judge John Russo presides over this playoff trial.

Twenty Harding Middle School students next month will delve into the American judicial process in a very hands-on way as two Harding teams will travel to Columbus to compete in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase competition on April 17.

Middle School Mock Trial cases, based on popular literature, are written by teams of teachers and lawyers.  Students act as witnesses and attorneys to argue cases involving characters from the year’s chosen book. This year’s trial will be based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Students read and analyze witness statements drawn from the characters in the book. Students then work collaboratively to develop arguments for both sides and develop strategies to question the witnesses.

Harding has a successful history at the Mock Trial competition. In 2011, the school’s team was the top team in the state and teams year-to-year have finished in the top half of participating schools, usually around 50 from around the state. Harding participants also have routinely earned “Best Witness” or Best Attorney” awards.

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Juggling And Magic!

These high school students perform a professional show.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND CHILDREN OF ALL AGES! Announcing an exciting juggling and magic performance at the Lakewood Public Library by the one and only St. Ignatius Circus Company! Prepare to be amazed by high school students who have an interest in juggling, magic, unicycle riding, and performance acrobatics! These performers meet weekly for practice and entertain at more than 150 events each year.

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LPL Calendar of Events compiled by Elaine Rosenberger

April 15
Lakewood
Historical Society
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AsiaTown Cleveland: From Tong Wars to Dim Sum" by Alan F. Dutka
Cleveland, Chinese immigrants often earned poor pay for long hours of strenuous work. In 1925, Cleveland police responded to an especially brutal outbreak of Tong war violence by arresting every Chinese person in the city, creating an international scandal. Today, Clevelanders and tourists travel to the growing AsiaTown neighborhood to enjoy authentic Asian dinners and shop at stores. Alan F. Dutka vividly portrays one of the oldest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

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One Physician's View Of The Lakewood Hospital Debate

We are facing the most important health care decision in the history of the City of Lakewood. The proposal to close or keep Lakewood Hospital and surrender its assets to the Cleveland Clinic (CCF) will profoundly affect all current and future residents of our city. Lakewood’s dilemma, as an inner ring suburb, is ground zero for the national debate regarding our government’s responsibility to provide health care to its most vulnerable citizens. Lakewood Hospital is the main focus of our health care assets and is the ultimate health safety net for our community. If the hospital is removed, how do we guarantee the care of our citizens in an increasingly monetized health care delivery system? Currently, the disparity in life expectancy between the populations living on our eastern border is 10 years shorter than the life expectancy in the suburbs to our west. The most common cause of personal bankruptcy is an individual’s own cost of health care. An increasingly aged population will reach their senior years with an increasing burden of chronic disease and declining financial reserves. 

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Ready To Be A Warrior!

Winterhurst Hockey Association (WHA) Warriors are pleased to annouce our 2015-2016 season try-outs for the Squirt's (2005-06), Pee-Wee's ( 2003-04), and Bantam's (2001-02).

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Lakewood Student Advances To State Finals In "You Be The Chemist Challenge"

Lakewood 7th grader Alex Weber won in the regional competition of the “You be the Chemist Challenge”.

Seventh grader Alex Weber will compete for the state title in the national “You be the Chemist Challenge”. Weber won the regional competition last week in Avon, Ohio. He is one of four regional finalists who will compete April 18 in Toledo for the State title. National Competition in Philadelphia is scheduled in June. Grand prize is a $10,000 cash reward.

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Anonymous, The Original Artist

In today’s world, we wouldn’t think twice about backing up information, storing ideas in the Cloud, even uploading or downloading material for research. But generations ago, every piece of a story had to be told from one person to another, by word of mouth. Which stories, though, and who told them, you ask? We may never know who to credit, and they will forever remain “Anonymous,” because the truth is, it never was just a single artist. Rather, they are the cumulative works of many artists who added their own voices to the stories until they collectively became a cultural representation. The oral traditions that survived the longest and spread the furthest are the musical histories, in the form of melodies and lyrics known as folk music.

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A Merry Time At Merry Arts Pub & Grille

When we stepped through the door at Merry Arts Pub & Grille, we were immediately greeted by a long bar, buzzing with the lively sounds of animated conversation, rock music, and sports on a plethora of TVs. Screens are everywhere you look and when we were there, March Madness was in full swing. The bar was hopping on a Wednesday night, but the adjacent seating area featured inviting booths and rustic tables. We sat at a pleasant table, right in the window facing Detroit Avenue. A cozy neighborhood feeling imbues the place and our friendly server greeted us right away and brought our beverages promptly. She told us about the evening's special which was two for the price of one burgers. Sold! We ordered a scrumptious mushroom burger along with a tasty ranch burger, served on an English muffin--so good! Our husbands enjoyed moist, delicious, flavorful turkey burgers with a side of extra crunchy chips. You've got to love a place that serves tater tots as an alternative to fries, and Merry Arts made a great choice by having these golden gems on the menu.

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Girl Scout Troop 70505 Throws A Cookie Social For Residents

Girl Scout Troop 70505 brought their love of volunteering and drive to sell cookies to residents at O'Neill Healthcare Lakewood to have a cookie social. Residents sampled a variety of girl scout cookies while staff made some delicious purchases. Lakewood's Troop 70505 consists of 9 eager young ladies in 4th grade. The girls showed off their patches proudly sharing their favorite part of being a girl scout are the fun activities, camping, volunteering and making new friends. As of March 20th, the girls were halfway to their cookie goal of selling 2,500 boxes.

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Lakewood's Angel From The Sky

Gilbert Smith

A new World War II exhibit, "Lakewood on the Homefront," has been installed in the Oldest Stone House Museum of the Lakewood Historical Society. During our study of this important period in Lakewood’s history, we compiled fascinating personal stories about the impact of WWII on Lakewood’s residents, and we unexpectedly received a research request from France, via email, for information about one of our former Lakewood soldiers.

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Get Some Sleep!

For exasperated parents of sleep-deprived teenagers everywhere, I bring tidings of great joy—or, anyway, some cause for hope, or a cause you might want to embrace.  

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Paint Lakewood’s Fresh New Look

It’s almost that time of season again: time to take out those painting clothes and brushes to breathe life into your home from the winter blues. In the past, LakewoodAlive has offered assistance to income qualifying homeowners with the cost of paint and materials. Well folks, we have amped up the Paint Lakewood! program for the 2015 season. The program now includes assistance with the cost of labor! Yes, you read that correctly. LakewoodAlive will now offer assistance to income qualifying homeowners with paint, materials and labor.

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Trials For Hope To Hold 6th Annual Fundraiser To Help Feed Hungry Children And Families

Have you noticed the billboards along side of our local highways depicting young children with the staggering statistic that one in five does not get enough to eat? Can that be true, here in the United States, in Ohio, in Lakewood? Unfortunately it is the sad fact for thousands of children and adults. So many slip through the safety net and struggle every day to eat, attend to hygiene and other basic needs.

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Matt LaWell Named 2015 Taste Of Lakewood Blogger

Journalist and writer Matt LaWell has been named the 2015 Taste of Lakewood Blogger. Matt will be writing about his visits to restaurants that are participating in the 12th Annual Taste of Lakewood, the community’s largest food event that highlights the city’s eclectic mix of award-winning restaurants and food purveyors.

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He Who Saw The Deep: WordStage Presents The Epic Of Gilgamesh

Reader, you are cordially invited by the Friends of the Lakewood Library to travel with the players of WordStage four thousand years in the past. Your journey will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23rd in the Main Library Auditorium, where our resident theatricals will regale us with their dramatic adaptation of the epic of Gilgamesh. Dating back at least four millennia and almost certainly well beyond that, Gilgamesh is humanity’s oldest known story, and comes from the Akkadian and Sumerian empires that flourished upon the fecund soil of the Tigris and Euphrates river valleys. We have inherited from the timeless epic a thousand and one symbols destined to reappear in subsequent life and literature: the antediluvian world, the fear of death, the crooked path to wisdom, jus primae noctis, the flood myth, the goddess-born pater patriae, the noble savage, the hero’s journey – or, most specifically, the quest for immortality; the creative legacy of the epic cannot be understated.

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Lakewood Collaborative Job Club Meeting

The Lakewood Collaborative is hosting a monthly Job Club at the Lakewood Public Library at 15425 Detroit Ave. The next Job Club meeting will be held on Tuesday April 28th, from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library. We will have a guest speaker and the topic will be Cover Letters and Resumes. Also, we will provide information and resources to assist people with finding a job in today's market. The Job Club is free and open to the public.

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Haiku & You

April is National Poetry Month and to celebrate, the Lakewood Public Library is hosting a one-time program for teens, “Haiku & You”. Students in the sixth through twelfth grade can come learn the fine art of Haiku composition and will hopefully find the inspiration to write a few moving lines of their own. We will also learn some basic calligraphy techniques and use them to pen our simple poems, creating a beautiful display piece to take home.

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Historic Designation Sought For Curtis Block

Curtis Block

14501 - 19 Detroit Avenue

The next time you are walking down Detroit Avenue, just east of Lakewood Hospital, stop for a minute and look up. What will you see? Above the store fronts and beyond the clay tile roofs on the second and fourth bays windows, you will be able to glimpse horizontal stone tablets inset in the parapet that read “CURTIS” and “BLOCK.” Diamond-shape stones are inset in raised brick surrounds further ornament the parapet.

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The Grapes Of Wrath

The great literary genius of John Steinbeck has long been highly appreciated by the literary community, and his book, The Grapes of Wrath is one of the most influential and touching  stories chronicling the dust bowl during the Great Depression. As most will remember from their high school or college English class, the story follows the impoverished Joad family with surprising historical reverence and accuracy as they are forced from their current dwelling; in Oklahoma. They plan to escape the hardships brought on by drought, bank  foreclosure and lack of work ,all problems that are attributed mostly to their residence in what was aptly named the “Dust Bowl.”

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North Coast Health Celebrates National Volunteer Week

The volunteers of North Coast Health (NCH) are the gifts that keep on giving! We are honored and grateful to celebrate the multitude of gifts that the NCH volunteers share with our patients during National Volunteer Week, April 12 to 18, 2015. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and recognition events scheduled throughout the week.

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Nature’s Bin Presents “An Introduction To Tea” On April 22

Are you curious about the differences between various kinds of tea? Not sure how to prepare loose tea or the tools you need? Join Nature's Bin when they host "An Introduction to Tea" with Sarah Hurt on Wednesday, April 22 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at University of Akron/Lakewood (1415 Warren Road in Lakewood). Ms. Hurt will walk us through the differences and benefits of black, green, white and herbal teas. She will also answer your questions about how to prepare teas and the tools you can use in the process.

Ms. Hurt is an Herbalist, Tea Designer and Product Formulator at "t by Sarah," a local company that produces artisan, hand blended, all natural and organic herbal products. "We are so excited to provide this opportunity for our customers to learn about tea," commented Nicki Schneider, Vitamin, Supplement and Tea Manager at Nature's Bin. "Our customers have a high interest in the different kinds of teas available on the market and I know they will learn a tremendous amount from Sarah who is a master in the field."

Practicing and studying herbalism since 2007, Ms. Hurt has a Master Herbalist Diploma from American College of Healthcare Sciences, and other Herbal Certifications. She is a Certified Tea Master, a Certified Reiki Practitioner and is currently working towards Certification in aroma-therapy. Ms. Hurt is a member of the American Tea Masters Association, The American Herbalist Guild, United Plant Savers, and Ohio Proud.

This program is FREE but registration is required. Please visit www.naturesbin.com or the Nature's Bin Facebook page to register.

Nature's Bin, Lakewood's own independent natural health store, is operated by the nonprofit, Cornucopia, Inc. This natural foods market serves as a training site for a unique and successful program that provides vocational training leading to employment for people with disabilities. Programs hosted at Nature's Bin serve people with a wide range of disabilities including developmental disabilities, autism, mental illness, visual, speech and hearing impairments, and injuries resulting from accident or illness. Nature's Bin has been serving the greater Cleveland community since 1975.

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Parenting Is Hard! Some Extra Support Never Hurts...

The Lakewood Family Collaborative, in partnership with the Ranger 360 Program, is hosting a Parent Resource Night on Wednesday, April 29th from 6-8:30 p.m. at Harding Middle School. Representatives from various agencies and organizations will be set up in the gym to create a one-stop-shop for parents of tweens and teens.

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ZOOM! Lakewood Adventure Guides Holds Its Annual Pinewood Derby

Photo Credit: Mark Cosgriff

The Lakewood YMCA Adventure Guides - Lake Trail Nation debuted their new custom built aluminum track at its annual Pinewood Derby on March 28, 2015. It was quite exciting as the cars raced down the track, some achieving speeds of over 200 mph! The winners of the 2015 Derby were: 1st place: Ashton Bryan 2nd place: Maya George and 3rd place: Parker Toke. In addition, prizes were awarded for best paint job, sportiest, most artistic, most intimidating, people's choice, fastest time and safest driver.

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LakewoodAlive Forum Focuses On Lakewood’s LGBTQ Community “Exploring The Legend: Is Equality Alive In Lakewood”

LakewoodAlive will host a free community forum on Wednesday, May 13 from 7–8:30 p.m. at Lakewood Public Library (15425 Detroit Avenue) featuring a conversation about the importance of equality and efforts to welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals to our community. The forum continues LakewoodAlive’s tradition of hosting community forums dating back more than 10 years. This forum is open to the public.

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Lakewood Family Collaborative Seeks “Helping Hands Award” Nominees

The Lakewood Family Collaborative, serving Lakewood and it's neighbors, is looking for those people in our community who serve and have made an impact. The Leadership Team of the Collab is choosing one outstanding candidate – an individual or organization – whose helping hands have made a stellar difference in the lives of the people served in our community. The honoree last year was Jason Weiner of The Beck Center of the Arts.

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"Nancy Drew, I Wish I Were You! For Nancy Drew Fans Of All Ages"

Sharon Morrison Pinzone, PhD

Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Library Auditorium

In the juvenile mystery market, few characters can match the popularity of amateur detective Nancy Drew. Created in 1929, Nancy was the brainchild of New Jersey publisher Edward Stratemeyer, whose “formula fiction” successfully brought The Rover Boys, the Tom Swift series and numerous other characters to American youth in the 1920s. But the endurance of the Nancy Drew phenomenon is the larger mystery… Join Sharon Morrison Pinzone, PhD and find out why.

In this very visual presentation, learn the real story behind the Nancy Drew series, and share a literary and social history analysis of the impact of such a character that still holds a dominant position in juvenile fiction. Reminisce and introduce Nancy Drew to a new generation of mystery readers! Sharon Morrison Pinzone is a free-lance writer and educational speaker with part-time college teaching experience and a PhD in Urban Education. She retired in 2007 with 30 years of high school teaching experience in college writing, journalism, American, British and World Literature and literature electives.

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Celebrate Spring With Earth Day And The Great American Cleanup

Spring has finally sprung here in Lakewood, Ohio and Keep Lakewood Beautiful is celebrating this time of year with its Annual Earth Day and a Great American Cleanup on April 25 from 9-11 a.m., all at the Detroit Ave. entrance to Kauffman Park. Give your spring cleaning a jumpstart by participating in all or any one of these great events!

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Healthy Starts, Happy Hearts

Heart Disease is the #1 birth defect in our nation, affecting our children at a rate of nearly 1 in 100 births.

Each year more than 300 distinguished members of the community and medical field join together at Jordan’s Family Foundation’s “Healthy Starts, Happy Hearts.” Charity Wine and Beer Tasting. The event raises awareness and funding for the research and development of Congenital Heart Diseases. This year’s tasting, the 10th annual event, is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th at The Wine Spot (Cleveland Heights, OH).

Proceeds, more than $85,000 through this event alone, benefit organizations such as the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Cardiac Research Division and the American Heart Association and help us conduct our own events such as Fitness Fits Everyone where each year more than 3000 people and 75 organizations come together to learn about eating healthy, being active and having fun.
 
If you have any questions or know of someone who would also like to support Jordan’s Family Foundation’s “Healthy Starts, Happy Hearts.” event please feel free to contact Corey Rossen at 216-704-9194 or JordansFamilyFoundation@Yahoo.com.

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Lakewood Cyclists Ride In The National Bike Challenge

The Wild Ones of Arthur Avenue.

On May 1st bicyclists nationwide will roll out and log miles in the National Bike Challenge, a friendly event that encourages people to get on their bikes and ride. Last year nearly 50,000 cyclists rode over 23 million miles during the challenge period which ran from May 1st to September 30th. People for Bikes, a bicycling advocacy group, sponsors the challenge and hosts a website that lets participants log rides, chart progress, and view the rankings of individuals (like Bob Bellamy, Lakewood’s top rider in 2014) or teams such as Mind Brain Social Club which was ranked #1 in the nation and based right here in Cleveland. The award winning site is compatible with a host of phone apps which help make tracking rides and mileage a snap and can provide a wealth of data regarding fitness (calories burned) or the environment (CO2 emissions reduced) or money saved by not driving a car.

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City Considers New Way To Bid Projects

The March 2, 2015 Council meeting was called to order at 7:36 P.M. by Council President and Ward IV Councilwoman Mary Louise Madigan. The first order of business was to excuse the absents of Councilman Ryan Nowlin (At-Large) who was absent due to the birth of his daughter. Council approved his absence.

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Mayor Summers On The Future Of Healthcare In Lakewood

What are the hallmarks of the proposal?

This is a major investment in healthcare in our community — of more than $100 million of private money — the magnitude of which we have not seen in decades. 

This recommendation leverages significant trends toward outpatient care. It also better aligns service delivery with the chronic conditions found in our community such as diabetes, breathing disorders, addiction disorders and mental health needs. It preserves rehabilitation needs, as well 24-hour, 7-day emergency services.

This proposal also addresses the “affordability” aspect of the Affordable Care Act by removing very costly, vastly underutilized inpatient care facilities and replacing them with a more up-to-date, more energy efficient, and a more adaptable facility that can be modified to address changing healthcare needs.

One often overlooked aspect of the proposal is the creation of a new, $32 million community foundation whose purpose would be to support the health and welfare of Lakewood’s citizens with what I hope and expect would be profound and exciting initiatives in the area of population health management.

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Select Few To Decide Health Care In Lakewood?

Hospitals occupy a unique place in human experience. They are the backdrop for life and death, joyful anticipation and sorrowful loss. Perhaps because they are where we experience these mysteries, hospitals seem imbued with an otherworldly quality. The soft glow of monitor screens, the seemingly endless chirping of IV pumps, the gleam of stainless steel, starched white linen, muted earth-tones, the bustle of activity at nursing stations. It's small wonder that hospitals are etched into our emotional memories.

Our hospital has seen generations come and go and its walls have witnessed much unbridled laughter as well as whispered prayers. Will it be retired to a pile of gray stone and mortar? Who will make this decision?

Many developments in the proposal between the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA) and the Cleveland Clinic to raze the current hospital making way for a new Clinic-owned and -operated Family Health Center have come to light in the past month. The details of the plan were outlined in a January Letter of Intent that essentially would have all $158 million of hospital assets ceded to the Clinic in exchange for approximately $75 million that would be paid to a new non-profit entity charged with “wellness” in Lakewood.

LHA trustees and board members maintain the Clinic's assertion that the hospital is worth no more than $24 million after all liabilities are settled. However, financial details of the plan have been released only with persistent questioning.  Coupled with the LHA's track record of allowing services to be farmed out to Fairview Hospital, the fact that this closure has been contemplated behind closed doors for at least two years with scarce public notice, the recent revelation by Senator Skindell that the final deal hammering out the details of the plan has already been drafted in contradiction to what City and Hospital officials have been saying, and the lack of basic due diligence such as obtaining more than the quote offered by the buyer, has put Lakewood citizens on high alert.

 

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Calling All Homeowners!

This is event is free and open to the public.

The Lakewood Old House Fair will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 10am-3pm at Harding Middle School. This free event will provide folks with the opportunity to speak with contractors about home improvement and repair projects that you are planning for the warmer months. Contractors are available to answer questions about do-self or contracted repairs to make sure that you are on the right track with your projects.

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Patterson's Perspective

Harrison students and brothers Htoo Lwhe Wah (left) and Thaw Thee Htoo are part of a family of five brothers who have assimilated well academically and as citizens of our community.

I truly appreciate Lakewood as a community. People here understand the value of a good education, but we also understand that people come from all walks of life and that it takes all kinds to make up this world. There is not only a feeling of acceptance of people from all walks of life, but people in Lakewood embrace diversity. Perhaps that's the reason that Lakewood is a community chosen for relocation of refugees from war-torn countries elsewhere in the world. At last count, Lakewood City Schools is serving students from 32 different countries.

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Lakewood Hospital Is Not Dead Yet!

Bob Soltis addresses March 10 public forum; Photo by Frank Lanza

Like the good knight did for his servant Patsy shot with an arrow in the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, many people have assumed it’s all over for Lakewood Hospital. Despite what the Cleveland Clinic and Mayor Summers would have you believe, Lakewood Hospital is alive and well.

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Spring Sale At Nicholson House

Lakewood Historical Society is excited to announce the Tabletops & Trifles Sale at the Nicholson House at 13335 Detroit Avenue, on Friday, April 10th, 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, April 11th, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. A fine selection of everything exquisite will be artfully displayed for your shopping pleasure, including crystal, china, silver, jewelry, linen and many more decorative items.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

Lakewood Hospital Closing???

Lakewood City Council Members,

I'm not one to normally pick up the pen and write about such matters, but I cannot let this go without saying something. I've lived and worked in Lakewood for most of my life. I live in the home that I grew up in, which will be 100 years old this year. It's been in my family for 50 years and only the second surname to own it. I run the administrative side of a 102-year-old manufacturing company here in Lakewood and have worked there for 38 years. I love this town for its diversity of people, convenience, offerings of restaurants, churches, city services, school system, parks, libraries, and yes, our hospital.

I know I do not have all of the facts before me about Lakewood Hospital's proposed closing. However, what I do know is that a lot of what I've heard so far just does not add up.

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Perseverance Paves The Way To Success

Filled with rich history and beautiful photography, "Asia Town Cleveland: From Tong Wars to Dim Sum" showcases a little known chapter in Cleveland’s history. Mr. Dutka takes us on a journey to a place that was once unknown to him: Asia Town. What we know now as the chic cool place to dine and shop,was once described as “peculiar and strange.” The path to success is not always an easy one, but the Chinese have proven that with hard work and perseverance, you can accomplish what you set out to do.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

George McNulty Brings The Trieste Intrigue To Lakewood Public Library

In 1981, when President Ronald Reagan learns of a Russian plot to assassinate Pope John Paul II, Reagan chooses international businessman Colin McHugh to warn and advise the Pontiff’s Swiss Guards. But McHugh is unmasked by a Bulgarian cadre which targets him for assassination, as events lead inextricably to the date which shocked the world, May 13, 1981.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

Community Baptisms Offered At Faith

“Child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever.” -- from the Lutheran Book of Worship.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

Super Powered – A Superhero Role-Play Experience

For youth in fifth through eighth grade
Ever wanted to create a superhero as cool as Wonder Woman or Captain America? Now you can! Join us for "Super Powered" and just like real comic book writers, you’ll design your own superhero from scratch: create an origin story, select your super powers (and weaknesses!), design a costume, and find out which arch-nemesis is going to try to stop you.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

LPL Calendar Of Events

April 2
Meet the Author: "You Got This! A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up" by Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent
The journey young girls face as they transition from girlhood to adulthood can be difficult and filled with obstacles. "You Got This!" is an interactive book which provides direction regarding self-esteem, relationships, social media, friendships and other road blocks. Through journal writings, art activities, affirmations, and discussions, "You Got This!" allows you the opportunity to develop into the phenomenal woman that you are meant to be. Dr. Tyffani Monford Dent is a licensed psychologist and motivational speaker who specializes in emotional wellness in children and women. She is also the author of "Girls Got Issues: A Woman's Guide to Self-discovery & Healing." Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm in the Main Library Auditorium

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

Radon Gas - Be Aware Not Scared

How Radon Enters a Home

1. Cracks in solid floors
2. Construction joints
3. Cracks in walls
4. Gaps in suspended floors
5. Gaps around service pipes
6. Cavities inside walls
7. The water supply

Illustration from epa.gov

Radon is still a mystery to many homeowners and new buyers. Some may be aware that it is something to be concerned about, but not exactly sure how it can affect their family’s health. It’s important to know the facts and safety measures.

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Kauffman Park Friends Snow Sculpting Contest Melts Away

There was plenty of snow for this year’s Kauffman Park Friends Snow Sculpting Contest! Fourteen artists braved below normal temperatures this winter to build eight spectacular sculptures. Individuals, families, teams, businesses and organizations were invited to participate by sculpting snow creations in the park and submitting photos of their work. The first ten artists enjoyed hot beverages compliments of The Root Café and each artist was eligible for a raffle drawing. Prizes included tickets to an upcoming show at Beck Center for the Arts and extra large pizzas from Roman Fountain.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 7:10 AM, 04.01.2015

“Eagles On Foot” Race Brings Lakewood And Haiti Together

St. Edward Senior Alec Battistoni visiting with students and staff during a visit to Basil Moreau School in Haiti last summer. 

At first glance, the City of Lakewood and the nation of Haiti have very little in common. Lakewood enjoys a high standard of living, and has won many awards for its livability. Haiti, on the other hand, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. A catastrophic 2010 earthquake made things even worse, killing over 100,000 residents and destroying much of the nation’s infrastructure.

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