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Almost All MetroHealth Employees in Compliance with COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement


The MetroHealth System is proud to announce that 99.94% of its 7,700-member workforce is in compliance with its COVID-19 vaccination policy.

In late August, MetroHealth announced it would require its employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations or request an exemption by October 30, 2021.

As of Monday, only five employees have not shared their vaccination status.

Those individuals who have not shared their vaccination status have been suspended without pay for two weeks before separation proceedings begin. If those employees choose to get vaccinated before then, or prove they already did, their status will be reevaluated.

Among 7,700 employees, approximately 7,269 (94.4%) are vaccinated.

Approximately 426 employees (5.5%) have requested exemptions. Those requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of the year.

MetroHealth remains the only hospital system in Cleveland to make the COVID-19 vaccine a condition of employment. MetroHealth leadership is fully confident these vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection against this dangerous virus.

“I am grateful for each and every member of our team who took this important step to protect the health of their colleagues, patients, families and the community during this once-in-a-generation pandemic,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD. “Our employees are simply extraordinary. As an academic medical center, we embrace scientifically proven measures in everything that we do. The COVID-19 vaccination is no exception.”

In the past two months, MetroHealth has had 12 employees who resigned or retired and indicated the COVID-19 vaccination requirement was the reason.

Vaccine requirements for health care employees are nothing new. MetroHealth already requires annual flu vaccinations, as well as measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations as a condition of employment.

About The MetroHealth System

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.

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