This group provides a continuum of care to address the ongoing needs of burn survivors and their families.
The mission is to embed visual, performing and therapeutic arts throughout The MetroHealth System to promote healing, wellness and increased engagement among patients, families, caregivers and the greater community.
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The BUILD Health Challenge, a national program, awarded The MetroHealth System along with Environmental Health Watch, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s and other local organizations, a second $250,000 grant to improve community health.
Music therapy at the Comprehensive Burn Care Center at MetroHealth is often used during uncomfortable bedside procedures.
Patients can walk in or schedule an appointment online for same-day service for anyone who needs care, from young children to older adults.
Patients, visitors and staff of MetroHealth have easy access to the resources of Cuyahoga County Public Library through a service point at MetroHealth Medical Center.
In 2017, in partnership with Fallen Apple Farm, MetroHealth hosted a farm stand accessible to patients, employees and the general community.
Established in 1972, the MetroHealth Friends of Mothers and Infants is a volunteer organization dedicated to providing essential items for underserved mothers and infants who are clients of MetroHealth.
The Healing Hearts fund offers a grieving family financial help for burial or cremation of their premature or newborn child.
The MetroHealth System has participated in the Hearts Against Hunger drive since 1990. The MetroHealth A.C.T.I.O.N. (A Caring Tradition in our Neighborhood) Team recruited more than 100 internal food drive champions to lead employees in the charitable effort.
Every year, MetroHealth awards matching grants to employee groups from various departments that donate cash and/or goods to provide gifts and food to those in need during the winter holidays.
As a verified trauma center, MetroHealth follows the American College of Surgeons requirement for educating the community about the risk factors that could lead to traumatic injury.
In addition, there are five core community initiatives:
1. Safety to Go — Sponsored by the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Burn and Acute Care Surgery, it interactively teaches children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District about safety rules that help prevent childhood accidents, injuries and deaths. During the 2016-2017 school year, this program reached nearly 600 students at 20 schools.
2. Violence Prevention — With the Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS), MetroHealth has implemented a hospital- based violence intervention program to decrease repeated offenses and injury, increase youth enrollment in school, assist with job placement and life skills as well as provide connections to social services. In 2017, this program reached over 200 patients and family members. During this time, none of the patients who worked with the program returned for repeat injury.
3. Stop the Bleed — The MetroHealth Division of Trauma, in accordance with the Northern Ohio Trauma System, supports the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma efforts to decrease preventable deaths from hemorrhage. The goal is to teach the civilian population, often the “immediate responders,” to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. The program provides a comprehensive overview of bleeding control education designed for civilians that will inform, educate and empower them to make a difference. This program is being offered throughout the community at various locations including but not limited to schools and churches.
4. Save a Life Tour — Held at high schools, it’s aimed at preventing teen deaths due to unsafe driving. Presentations and driving simulations build awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving, texting and driving and other distracted driving.
5. Falls Prevention — Health care team members provide education about preventing falls to inpatients, outpatients, and at senior centers and health fairs. Matter of Balance classes, a free eight-week series that emphasizes strategies to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels, are also offered in the community.
MetroHealth Care Partners operates a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO), delivering high quality coordinated care to improve health and wisely spend health care dollars.
MetroHealth’s Mi MetroHealth family festival, formerly an annual summer event with activities for all ages, health screenings and food, has become part of the La Placita monthly summer series.
MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic founded NOTS in 2010 as a collaboration to provide the best trauma care for people in our community by transporting them to the right place for the right care at the right time. University Hospitals joined NOTS in 2017.
Violence and injury prevention is an integral part of an outstanding trauma system. In 2016, a specially trained individual, the violence interrupter, began working in the MetroHealth Emergency Department with patients who are victims of violence and their friends and families.
In 2014, The MetroHealth System was recognized as an Ebola treatment center by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
MetroHealth, in collaboration with elected officials, community development organizations, local businesses, neighborhood organizations and residents, is a founding partner with Open Streets Cleveland, an initiative patterned after the international “Open Streets” movement made famous in Bogota, Columbia.
The mission of the PHNR is to promote a healthy, drug-free community by empowering youth and adults to make responsible decisions.
Since 2006, the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland has managed Standing Together Against Neighborhood Crime Everyday (STANCE), which has helped to reduce violence in three of Cleveland’s highest crime neighborhoods.
In this program, healing for survivors of trauma, violence or loss is promoted by: 1) helping patients cope with the impact of traumatic stress, 2) connecting patients and families with peer support, 3) fostering a safe and supportive community and 4) providing ongoing services and counseling post-hospitalization.
In 2015, The Center for Health Affairs created the CHNA Roundtable to initiate community health assessment and planning strategies.
Founded in 1954, The MetroHealth Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which supports The MetroHealth System’s mission by funding programs and projects in patient care, scientific and clinical research and medical education.
MetroHealth staff regularly provide voter registration forms to patients who express an interest in registering to vote.