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March 29, 2012

Changing Environment, Changing Market: How Northeast Ohio Hospitals Are Evolving to Serve their Communities



Communities, like people, change over time.  They age, for example, or the experience other shifts in demographics.  And as they change so do their healthcare needs.  As a result, the healthcare industry, including Greater Cleveland hospitals, must continuously shift the way in which they deliver care to meet the needs of the communities they serve.  Today, the region’s hospitals are making upgrades, adopting technological advancements and strategically shifting resources in response to the changes they are seeing in their communities.  At the same time, Greater Cleveland hospitals are also preparing for the changes they expect in the future.  This issue brief takes a look at the community and policy changes that are shaping the hospital environment both nationally and locally and how Greater Cleveland hospitals are adapting to these changes to meet the needs of their communities.