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The Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation announced today a $1.2 million grant to help lower infant mortality rates among low-income mothers in Cleveland.

The money will support the Nurse-Family Partnership, which brings a nurse to a first-time mother, during and after a pregnancy, to monitor health issues, improve parenting skills and share child development information.

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The Ohio Department of Youth Services

A federal judge has ended a decade of court-ordered oversight of Ohio's juvenile prison system. 

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

In 2004, two child-advocacy lawyers sued the Department of Youth Services, claiming excessive use of force against children, inadequate education, denial of proper medical and mental health care and failure to adequately train and supervise staff.

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The Ohio House of Representatives

A bill that’s meant to add safeguards for religious leaders has some lawmakers worried about the unintended consequences it could have on marriage equality. 

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

Republican Rep. Nino Vitale of Urbana says his bill will help all sides avoid legal action.

The proposal would ensure that religious leaders and buildings owned by religious establishments have the right to not to perform or host marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Deal to Close Lakewood Hospital Won't Stop Opponents

Dec 8, 2015
Lakewood Hospital

Lakewood city officials and the Cleveland Clinic have agreed on a deal to close Lakewood Hospital and replace it with a family health center.  The Cleveland Clinic, which runs the in-patient facility, says the in-patient hospital cannot keep operating because it loses millions of dollars each month. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the effort to keep it open will not end.

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 Healthcare is more than just taking care of people’s health. With a $15 billion footprint in northeast Ohio, it is a key part of the regional economy. In this opening installment of our seven-part series, “The Business of Health,” WKSU’s Tim Rudell takes a look at this growing and evolving industry.

It seems like anywhere you go in northeast Ohio, there's an outpost of the Cleveland Clinic or University Hospital, and sometimes both -- or Summa or another big healthcare system. The major regional players keep expanding, acquiring smaller hospitals and merging.