Parma Community General Hospital and EMH Healthcare will become part of University Hospitals effective Jan. 1, 2014.

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PARMA -- University Hospitals has received final approval from government regulators this week for the integrations of Parma Community General Hospital and EMH Healthcare into the UH health system.

The organizations announced separately last summer that they were exploring partnerships with UH and anticipated closure by end of 2013.

As part of the integration into the UH system, the two hospitals will undergo name changes to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center (UH Elyria) and University Hospitals Parma Medical Center (UH Parma).

UH will work closely with the physicians and leadership to bring investments and cost efficiencies including upgrades to facilities, equipment, services and technologies at both entities.

UH, with its nationally recognized academic medical center – UH Case Medical Center – will also provide strong clinical research, leading-edge technology, innovative practices and initiatives that will complement and grow the two hospitals' highly regarded medical programs.

Additional commitments will bring programs from internationally recognized centers of excellence such as UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and UH Seidman Cancer Center to UH Elyria making it their flagship hospital based in Lorain County and continued expansion of their presence at UH Parma.

UH Parma employs 2,000 Northeast Ohio residents and has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff. Its care extends far beyond its six founding cities of Parma, Parma Heights, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Seven Hills and North Royalton.

UH Elyria employs 2,100 Northwest Ohio residents and has campuses in Elyria, Amherst, Avon, Sheffield and North Ridgeville. University Hospitals employs 18,000 Ohio residents and its health system includes 10 hospitals and 20 outpatient health centers located throughout the region.

All three organizations have won numerous recognitions for quality in patient care, safety and innovative practice.

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