I volunteer for quite a few seniors in East Cleveland. I have a child living there and I have friends through ministry affiliation. The closing of Huron Road Hospital is part of our daily conversation.
Huron Road Hospital closing is a very sad decision for many reasons.
Huron Road Hospital is more than a hospital, it is a place where community relationships were established.
It is a place in the neighborhood where you make a hospital visit to see about your neighbor.
It is a place of security and assurance for that young family with little children, knowing if there was an unfortunate accident they didn't have to travel far for medical help.
I've been told by some of the seniors they are frightened of large hospitals because it makes them feel overwhelmed.
Some of the seniors shared their dislike for bus transportation sometimes the window to wait was very stressful.
I was told they really don't believe they will receive the same quality of healthcare.
One family shared with me closing this hospital is a lack of concern and care for human life and every community should have a hospital.
Dealing with a person during a bipolar episode, Huron Road Hospital was the hospital of choice because the knowledge of the episode is confined to a smaller audience.
I was told the doctors know what to expect when they arrived at Huron Road Hospital without a lot of red tape it was like the healthcare professionals knew their circumstances, whether insured or without insurance.
But most importantly Huron Road Hospital knows it has a purpose and an obligation to the residents of East Cleveland, Ohio.