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The footprint of University Hospitals just got a bit bigger. Government regulators gave approval for UH to take over Parma Community General Hospital and EMH Healthcare in Elyria. Starting January 1, 2014, the hospitals will become UH Parma and UH Elyria.

We contacted UH and requested an interview to talk about the future of both hospitals but no one is available until next week. They were however, able to answer some questions through email.

Namely, employment numbers. We asked if there are any plans to expand or reduce the workforce. Their answer, "No plans at this time..."

The next question: Will patients see any changes? Answer; "UH will work closely with the existing medical staffs to determine what new programs would benefit their communities.  There will be a focus on wellness and prevention."

The integration of both hospitals into the UH systems is expected to take the better part of 2014.

Of the community members we talked to they like move.

"Oh, that's good, that's a good connection," Rita Otero said as she was headed into EMH Elyria. "UH is a well known hospital in Cleveland so I think that's a good idea."

Cathy Feketik was headed in to see her mother-in-law. "I don't really know that much about the hospitals but I know that University Hospitals is a very good organization."

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