State Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, speaks Monday afternoon during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 6,500-square-foot Lodi Community Care Center at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Lodi Hospital on Monday afternoon.
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LODI — The new medical office building at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Lodi Hospital has its roots in history.
“It is a structure that is built on the foundation of Lodi Hospital, which was actually built in 1876,” said Dr. Kimberly Sheets, a 13-year veteran with the hospital said during a Monday afternoon open house for the new 6,500-square-foot Lodi Community Care Center.
G.W. Jason built the “hospital to serve the residents of Harrisville, which is what this community was called, and we want to thank Akron General and Cleveland Clinic for the generous building of this to continue and serve the residents.”
After eight months of construction, the $2.4 million project was made possible by initial commitments from Cleveland Clinic during the 2015 merger with Akron General Hospital, Akron General President Brian Harte said.
“We are physically standing in one of the examples of Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to our regional facilities and to our communities, so this is a really exciting thing for all of us,” Harte said.
Lodi Community Care Center brings together two office buildings that previously were behind the hospital and features 12 exam rooms for six care providers.
“You can therefore imagine in your head the capabilities it provides for not only primary care but also ambulatory specialty care, which we also provide out here at Lodi,” Harte said.
State Rep. Steve Hambley, R- Brunswick, said the Cleveland Clinic is able to provide Lodi Hospital, 225 Elyria St., with a variety of resources to give patients the best in modern medicine.
“The Cleveland Clinic brings resources, it brings the resources necessary for this building, but they also bring the staff, the people, the caregivers that not only improve the quality of life, but provide the needed modern-day procedures and resources a great system like Cleveland Clinic does.”
“We are just so glad that Cleveland Clinic Akron General continues to invest here in our community and our hospital,” Lodi Mayor Robert Geissman said. “It is a building block of everything we do here in Lodi.”
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