Ohio hospitals already preparing for GOP National Convention

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Hospitals around Cleveland are beginning to prepare for next year's Republican National Convention and an influx of up to 50,000 visitors.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1I1jkpH ) various medical officers around the city have been holding meetings to get ready for the convention, scheduled to begin on July 18.

Hospitals are planning to give employees disaster training and emergency medical services must come up with new routes to take patients to hospitals due to the increased crowds and security measures.

MetroHealth is scheduled to complete an expansion of its Critical Care Pavilion weeks before the convention. It expects to have twice its typical intensive care unit capacity.

University Hospitals is scheduled to open the region's second adult Level 1 trauma center on Dec. 1. MetroHealth operates the other.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com