Additional Partners Join MetroHealth's Buckeye Community Resource Center
CLEVELAND – The MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ recently welcomed several new partners to its Buckeye Community Resource Center to better connect patients and community members on Cleveland’s East Side with the resources they need to live healthier lives.
The resource center is located on the first floor of the MetroHealth Buckeye Health Center at 2816 East 116th St. Organizations currently with space in the resource center include College Now Greater Cleveland, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, CHN Housing Partners, Family Connections, Goodwill Industries, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland and Seeds of Literacy.
MetroHealth is providing the office space to these organizations at no cost.
“We can’t say it enough: Good health depends on more than proper medical care – that includes access to safe housing, food, utility assistance, educational opportunities and other important social needs,” says Susan Fuehrer, President, Institute for H.O.P.E. “Greater Cleveland is fortunate to have so many incredible organizations committed to helping meet these needs, and we’re thrilled to have several right here in Buckeye.”
Many of the organizations with a presence in the Community Resource Center are also members in Unite Ohio, a coordinated care network launched by MetroHealth and Unite Us, an innovative technology company. Through Unite Ohio, MetroHealth and its partners can seamlessly send and receive electronic referrals, address people’s social needs and ultimately improve the health of the community.
To date, 125 community-based organizations have joined Unite Ohio. The resource center at Buckeye is designed to augment the network and provide more opportunities for face-to-face interaction between the agencies and the individuals they serve. Services at the resource center are open to MetroHealth patients, employees and any member of the community who could benefit.
At every opportunity, MetroHealth screens patients for their social needs – often called the social determinants of health. Through August 2021, MetroHealth had screened more than 60,000 individuals for needs like access to healthy food, digital connectivity, transportation, safe housing and the like.
“So many people in Greater Cleveland need more than a good doctor to live their healthiest lives,” said James Misak, MD, Medical Director, Institute for H.O.P.E.™ “If we truly want to build a healthier Cleveland, it will take organizations from all corners of the community working together to meet people where they are.”
The resource center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Hours of partner organizations vary.
To learn more about the Institute for H.O.P.E.™, please visit metrohealth.org/hope.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.