April 16, 2014

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University Hospitals, EMH merger effective Wednesday

EMH Elyria Medical Center, seen here in June, will be absorbed into the University Hospital system. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

In this image taken with a camera mounted on a drone, EMH Elyria Medical Center in downtown Elyria can be seen in June. The takeover by the University Hospitals medical system has been approved and the facility will be taking the UH name beginning with the new year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — EMH Elyria Medical Center will officially become University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center on Wednesday, now that University Hospitals has received final approval for a merger of the medical entities.

Plans to merge Parma Community General Hospital and EMH Healthcare into the Cleveland-based UH system were announced in June, but the medical entities were awaiting final approval from government regulators.

Each hospital conducted a thorough evaluation to determine the benefits of joining the UH system and arrived at unanimous decisions for integration, according to a University Hospitals news release.

The name changes represent a full integration of the facilities, including its assets, into UH.

As part of the changes, Parma Community General Hospital will become University Hospitals Parma Medical Center.

UH will work closely with the physicians and leadership to bring investments and cost efficiencies, including upgrades to facilities, equipment, services and technologies at both entities, the release said. Plans are also under way to provide clinical research and technology to the facilities with UH’s Case Medical Center.

Additional commitments will bring programs from UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center to UH Elyria, making it their flagship Lorain County hospital.

There will be no changes in management at the Elyria facility, according to UH spokesman George Stamatis.

“Meeting our community’s health care needs has been an unwavering commitment of University Hospitals since our founding in 1866,” Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals, said in the news release. “Joining with these hospitals will provide western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties the best opportunity to strengthen and improve the health of their communities for years to come. We look forward to connecting with their medical staffs in supporting the communities’ focus on prevention and wellness, and to provide the highest quality medical care for patients.”

EMH officials declined to comment on the merger, directing all inquiries to UH on Friday.

In June, EMH representatives said the need to partner with UH stemmed from continued changes in the health care industry, such as changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would make it nearly impossible for a hospital of EMH’s size to stay competitive.

After UH and EMH Healthcare announced plans to merge, UH announced another partnership to launch Rainbow Pediatric Emergency Services at Lorain’s Mercy Regional Medical Center and Oberlin’s Mercy Allen Hospital. The partnership would give children access to Rainbow pediatric specialists and pediatric experts for follow-up care.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

  • Razorback Twou

    The Elyria Memorial Hospital was established as a hospital for the people of . Elyria. A memorial to the son of a man who lost this boy in a streetcar accident in Elyria. Medical help was to far away to help this young man so his Father saw a need and filled it. Now the hospital has been dealt away from the people of Elyria by the money interests of some people who never knew what a streetcar was. I wonder how many people who have been helped, or even born in this hospital remember the name of the family whose memory the hospital was started. The saddest part of all this is as the name of C. Smyth fads into the distant memory of the people that the word ‘Memorial’ has been removed from the title of a hospital that has saved so many. Sad indeed.

    • Chris Sukel

      It was started by Daddy Allen. The tower was named after (Clancy? Chancy) Smythe in the early 60′s and added onto in the late 70′s. Still, to this day, the buildings are still refered to as the Allen building, The Smythe building, ect. I dont for a minute believe this merger is because the people you are referring to are money hungry. But rather with the changing health insurace guidelines (Not Obama care) It has been increasingly difficult for EMH to stay independent. My hat is off to the former management team for keeping it as independent for as long as they have! Im not sure what is meant by “hospital dealt away from the people of Elyria”…..It isnt going anywhere. There will just be a new sign hanging out front.

  • Dave Sommers

    It will probably be a better hospital as a result of this.

  • Joe Smith

    I hope this does not affect if the hospital accepts peoples insurance or not.

  • KLA

    As a proud employee of UH, I can tell you they accept all patients. They take in every single one of the patients that another large hospital system in our area refuses on a daily basis. I don’t believe EMH, or any independent hospital, could survive much longer on it’s own. This is a very very good thing.

    • thestingisthetruth

      Garbage healthcare, garbage institution.

    • thestingisthetruth

      To the guest who thinks profanity is needed to argue a point…

      Go back to your STNA job…

  • taxpayer89

    I’m looking forward to this change, we are given more of a selection of doctors now. Many private hospitals are struggling to survive and with a big hospital coming in could only help EMH and the community.

  • GreatRedeemer

    Maybe bring in some additional small business to the area. That area around EMH is looking kind of shoddy.