CHICAGO — Cleveland has sued the Cleveland Clinic over its decision to close a hospital on the city’s east side, arguing in part that the prestigious clinic’s acceptance of tax-exempt funding from the state requires it to provide equitable services to the city.

The Cleveland Clinic announced the decision to close Huron Hospital, a facility that serves the city’s east side as well as the largely minority municipality of East Cleveland. The clinic has spent eight months negotiating with the cities over the closure of the trauma center, which has seen severe volume drops over the last several years.

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