MEDINA — Medina County leaders are appealing to MetroHealth System in Cuyahoga County to open a medical facility with a birthing unit in Medina County, the Medina Gazette reports.

Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital closed its maternity ward in July 2017, meaning women have to leave the county to give birth at a hospital.

“It’s a great opportunity for MetroHealth, and it sees that," state Rep. Steve Hambley, R-Brunswick, told the newspaper. "It’s a healthy market here to have those services. Unfortunately, Cleveland Clinic decided to abandon Medina County and leave it out to dry.”

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