Dover’s Union Hospital is now a full member of the Cleveland Clinic health system, making it the 11th regional hospital to join the system.
Now known as Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, all of its services, programs, locations and hospital-operated physician network will continue through the integration process. Changes that will signal the new name, such as signage, will happen gradually.
“Integration of Union Hospital as part of the overall Cleveland Clinic family will be done at a thoughtful, balanced pace as we’ve done successfully with our other hospitals,” Dr. Edmund Sabanegh, president of Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and Regional Hospitals, said. “We will develop our integration plans with the leaders from Union Hospital who know their hospital and their community the best.”
The independent Union Hospital announced in 2016 that operating costs were outpacing revenues, and it was looking for a partner to prop it up. The hospital cut $3 million that year and shed 20 jobs. Additional cutbacks would have led to reductions in services and more lost jobs.
It signed a letter of intent for the merger last May. Union Hospital is located at the southern end of the system’s service network, which includes 10 other regional hospitals in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina and Summit counties.