Transformation - MetroHealth
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The MetroHealth System has embarked on an ambitious, multi-year Transformation project aimed at improving long-term health for all.

Since our opening in 1837 as Cleveland’s City Hospital, we have evolved to solve many of the health care needs of our community. We originally opened our doors for the chronically ill and infirm, fought the cholera epidemic and went on to treat tuberculosis, polio and other epidemics. Today, we are nationally recognized in many areas, including for our Level I Adult Trauma and Burn Center, high-risk pregnancy care, rehabilitation, research and social advocacy.

We are an early adopter of population health – preventive and monitored care for better health outcomes. For several years, we have proactively delivered individualized care, preventing acute situations and lowering overall costs.

Since we know that population health is influenced by social, economic and physical environments, it became clear that excellent doctor-patient health care was not enough. Under the leadership of President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, MetroHealth has embraced the idea that we need more social programs and an updated hospital campus to reach beyond patient care to community care.

Our 100+ social programs, from the Nurse-Family Partnership addressing infant mortality to the Office of Opioid Safety to Violence Interrupters, peel away at the extra help or interventions that are necessary for better mental and physical health. Add to that the need for a physical plant that can support our technical and clinical strengths and you are looking at the physical transformation of our 60-acre main campus.


First phase, demolition of Northcoast Behavioral Health.


Two-story addition – 80 intensive care rooms – to the existing Critical Care Pavilion


Groundbreaking for construction of new parking garage

JUNE 2018

Unveiling of design for new hospital

FALL 2018

Completion of new parking garage

FALL 2018

Demolition of Southpoint parking

EARLY 2019

Groundbreaking for construction of new 10-story hospital*

FALL 2022

Opening of new hospital


Demolition of old hospital towers


Creation of approximately 30 acres of park-like green space with a connection to the Towpath Trail

*Accompanied by new Outpatient Pavilion, Prentiss Center, central utility plant, additional parking garages and pedestrian connectors. Also, the Critical Care Pavilion and Rammelkamp Research Center will be refaced and highway access to the campus will be improved.


The MetroHealth campus transformation is an intentional catalyst for the revitalization of the West 25th Street Corridor. As a major anchor institution and the largest employer on Cleveland’s West Side, MetroHealth is a partner in the West 25th Street Corridor Initiative. This collaboration with the city of Cleveland, local officials, organizations and businesses is an effort to build on the area’s existing assets and bring economic revitalization to the corridor and its adjacent neighborhoods.

Unveiled in 2013, the Transformation envelopes large and small businesses and nonprofits along a four-mile stretch from MetroHealth’s Old Brooklyn campus at the southern end to Lutheran Hospital at the northern end. Included are the West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, MetroHealth’s main campus, Nestle’s LJ Minor Facility, Voss Industries and Great Lakes Brewing Company. In the last couple years, several businesses have moved into the area and a commercial building was refurbished to offer modern rental units. A regular schedule of summer neighborhood events has brought people together and offered the opportunity for individuals and businesses to sell products.

In 2017, MetroHealth took steps to accelerate the pace of revitalization of the West 25th Street Corridor and the surrounding neighborhood. The following are three advancements:

  • Neighborhood Redevelopment – MetroHealth is working collaboratively with public, private, nonprofit and civic partners on planned and future projects, public transportation, roadway infrastructure improvements and public space enhancements that will improve the quality of life for those who live, work, visit, shop and play in our neighborhood.
  • MetroHealth Line – MetroHealth is investing $4 million over the next 25 years with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority to sponsor the MetroHealth Line (formerly the #51 route). Upgrades include 20 new clean energy vehicles, more than 400 new bus stop signs and 37 shelters, all rebranded with the MetroHealth logo and graphics. The route begins downtown and runs south along the West 25th Street Corridor, connecting commuters to work, school and five MetroHealth facilities. Covering the second highest RTA ridership area, the line operates 24/7 and serves 2.1 million customers annually.
  • EcoDistrict – Areas committed to innovation, sustainability, economic opportunity and social equity are the new standard for community development and building healthy, vibrant neighborhoods. MetroHealth is working toward making our campus and surrounding neighborhood the 15th certified EcoDistrict in the country and the 1st in the world anchored by a health system. The EcoDistrict will span approximately 585 acres, reaching from Interstate 90/490 to the north, Interstate 71 to the east and south and Fulton Road to the west.All of this, admittedly, is unusual for a hospital system to undertake. Our mission is “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” It takes all of this and more to reach out into our community and partner with entities and individuals to create a more robust residential and business environment contributing to inclusion, sustainability and health equity.

In the following sections, you will see the campaign leadership for our $100 million campaign and our four community transformation areas of focus, as defined by The MetroHealth Foundation.

Funding for hospital construction and equipment was secured through the May 2017 sale of $945.7 million in hospital revenue bonds, which demonstrated the confidence of the national business sector in MetroHealth’s endeavors. Complementing that is The MetroHealth Foundation’s commitment to raise a minimum of $100 million over five years for patient health and wellness, community initiatives, education and research and the expanded green space.




Bridget Moreno
Civic Leader

Bernie Moreno
Bernie Moreno Companies

Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
Pastor Emeritus
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Albert Ratner
Co-Chair Emeritus
Forest City Realty Trust, Inc.

Audrey Ratner

Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD
President Emeritus
Cuyahoga Community College


Akram Boutros, MD
President and CEO
The MetroHealth System

Thomas McDonald
President and CEO
McDonald Partners, LLC

Chair, Board of Trustees
The MetroHealth System

Brenda K. Kirk
Chief Product & Strategy Officer
Hyland Software

Immediate Past Chair
Board of Directors
The MetroHealth Foundation

Joseph DiRocco
Northeast Ohio Regional President
Fifth Third Bank

Rob Durham
HKM Direct Market

Past Chair and Life Member
Board of Directors
The MetroHealth Foundation

Scott Mueller
Dealer Tire, LLC

Brian M. O’Neill
Tucker Ellis, LLP

Chair, Board of Directors
The MetroHealth Foundation

Vanessa L. Whiting, Esq.
A.E.S. Management Corp
Secretary, Board of Trustees
The MetroHealth System

The Four Areas of Concentration for Community Health:


In the following sections, you will see the many programs that MetroHealth has in place to advance health equity. You also will see several programs addressing community well-being and learning. As we expand into the area of cultivating neighborhood prosperity, we are planning more programs to strengthen the community and its ability to achieve better health.