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Local leaders are watching the Akron General/Cleveland clinic partnership
The deal preserves the hospital's employment, but there's concern that local leadership could shrink

Kevin Niedermier
Akron General Hospital will partner with the Cleveland Clinic
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Akron and Summit County leaders are closely watching the move toward a new partnership between struggling Akron General Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic.

Connie Krauss is Summit County’s community and economic development director. She’s relieved the deal was reached to preserve  Akron General and its nearly 5,000 tax paying employees.

For now, the Clinic has a minority interest in Akron General. But Krauss is concerned about what could happen to the hospital’s local leadership if the Clinic uses its option to fully acquire the hospital after one year.

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“Sometimes you see when you have consolidations, or when a company is acquired or these kinds of collaborations, the community where the old company was isn’t of primary importance anymore. And I think what we want to do is make sure that Akron General continues to be kind of our local health system.”

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic has also expressed concern over Akron General losing local influence to the Cleveland Clinic. Akron General officials say all of its’ employees will remain with the hospital under the $100 million deal.                                              

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