September 30, 2014

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8. University Hospitals to take over EMH Healthcare

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

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

Changes in the medical industry, the introduction of the Patient Protection Act and Affordable Care Act, and a need to stay financially solvent – these were among the reasons that Comprehensive Healthcare of Ohio, the parent company of EMH Healthcare, chose 2013 as the year to announce Cleveland-based University Hospitals would take over the Lorain County medical entity.

In the region, UH is well-known, keen on doing cutting-edge work and leading in its field. It’s no wonder bringing that kind of expertise to Lorain County – EMH will officially become part of the UH system on Jan. 1 – is being hailed as a good thing

When merger plans were announced back in June, EMH CEO and President Don Sheldon said having a strong hospital in Elyria was the main driving force.

“It was a matter of us needing a big brother, so to speak, that has bigger strengths for us to collaborate with in the future,” he said.

In other hospital news, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it would expand its Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Avon into an inpatient hospital.