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Inpatient-to-outpatient transformation, continued

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Cleveland Clinic plans to close  its Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital, and then  turn it into an ambulatory facility, reflecting the nationwide trend toward outpatient care.

Consider, most recently, Steward Healthcare System’s controversial plans to replace Quincy (Mass.) Medical Center with an outpatient urgent-care center and a 24-hour emergency department, in two separate places.  HCA closed Edward White Hospital, in St. Petersburg, Fla., in November with the same plan.

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