Neighbors concerned about UTMC's fate

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - It all comes down to cash. Neighbors, union leaders, and politicians came together Saturday as rumors about the fate of the University of Toledo Medical Center started swirling.

Now they're asking one big question for the University of Toledo Board of Trustees.

"What is the master plan for UTMC?," asks Senator Teresa Fedor.

The UTMC was downgraded from a level one trauma center in August. That is one of many recent changes.

Former Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner presents a list of those changes to the crowd.

"Departments that either in entirety or in part have left our campus or Toledo Hospital ProMedica," says Finkbeiner.

Nearly 100 people packed a South Toledo church with the same mission: push to save the hospital. For months there have been rumors.

"We also hear that there is a budget hole and we also heard that UTMC may be on the 'For Sale' end of things," says Fedor.

Neighbors who have a stake in the property are concerned.

"They don't want to be left in the dark. Their futures, their homes, their property values very much depend on what goes on over on Arlington Avenue," says Toledo council member Rob Ludeman.

They want regular town hall meetings with University President Dr. Sharon Gaber.

"Be transparent. Engage with us so that we can build this together. We really look forward to that. We welcome the open dialogue," says Fedor.

According to Randy Desposito, president of the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers, the organization sent a letter to UT and UTMC leaders, but there hasn't been a much of a response yet.

"We want to see what the master plan is for the University of Toledo Medical Center, and we have not received a master plan," says Desposito.