UTMC supporters pen letter to Governor DeWine

Published: Feb. 26, 2020 at 4:50 PM EST
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The group trying to save the University of Toledo Medical Center is taking its fight all the way to the governor. Members want Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to know the full scope of what's happening at this state owned facility.

The letter was penned by politicians, hospital supporters, and current faculty, such as Dr. James Willey.

"It's always a good idea to let the top person in charge of an institution know what your concerns are and give a report and ask for input," Willey said.

The letter documents part of how the hospital has gotten into such bad financial shape, including a $12 million deficit in the first half of this fiscal year.

It also goes into the medical school's affiliation with ProMedica and how the physicians have left UTMC to follow the students to ProMedica facilities.

"So the question is, do you let that completely fail, shut it down," Willey said. "That would be a catastrophe of a major order."

Among the letter's suggestions are encouraging marketing of the hospital and allowing non-faculty appointed physicians to practice at UTMC.

"We want to make sure northwestern Ohio isn't forgotten by the folks in Columbus," Toledo City Councilman Rob Ludeman said.

In response to the letter, the Governor's Office said, "Governor DeWine has been briefed on this issue and is closely monitoring the situation."