Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and state Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo), Lisa Sobecki (D-Toledo) and Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) called for three measures to protect the University of Toledo Medical Center.
“We agree with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s call for a forensic audit. This will answer many questions around the financial viability of UTMC, starting with the $50 million it receives each year from ProMedica,” the lawmakers said. “Following the money will allow us to find sustainable solutions to the hospital’s current financial situation. Ultimately, the General Assembly must pass legislation to authorize the transfer of a public asset.”
In addition, the lawmakers agreed with what the editorial board of The Blade said on Sunday in an opinion piece.
“We agree that the board must act now to ‘recommit to the future of the medical college by stabilizing the university hospital.’ To ensure the growth of both the campus and the community, the board must maintain UTMC’s designation as a research and teaching hospital,” the lawmakers said. “Additionally, the board must be transparent with the public throughout this process instead of denying them a voice by holding meetings behind closed doors.”