Cleveland, OH,
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Attorney General DeWine Awards MetroHealth $1.5 million for Trauma Recovery Center

(Cleveland, Ohio) – The MetroHealth System’s Trauma Recovery Center has received a $1.5 million grant as part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s allocation of grants to crime victim service providers. MetroHealth’s Trauma Recovery Center provides counseling, financial help and other special care for victims of violent crime. The Center recognizes that healing means more than what happens inside the hospital.

Over the next 12 months, MetroHealth will use the grant money to expand capacity and programming for the Trauma Recovery Center, which includes victim service support and trauma-focused counseling. The funding will also support art therapists, counselors and MetroHealth’s faith-based work. An additional four therapists and five social workers will be added to the Trauma Recovery Center staff.


Sarah Hendrickson, manager of survivor recovery services
“We are honored to receive this grant from Attorney General Dewine. It is a reflection of the amazing work our team does to address the needs of people experiencing pervasive trauma in the community and in their lives."
Sarah Hendrickson, manager of survivor recovery services

The grant dollars will also create new services for the School Health Program, new training for the SANE program, additional support for the Alpha Clinic and Child Advocacy Center. Additionally, the funds will support Arts in Medicine initiatives and vocational rehabilitation including job support and job training.

The SANE program trains and educates nurses to specialize in the care of sexual assault victims. It will receive $200,000 of the grant money, with $50,000 dedicated to more specialized training for its nurses to continue providing coordinated care to pediatric and adult victims of sexual assault 24 hours a day.

“We are honored to receive this grant from Attorney General Dewine. It is a reflection of the amazing work our team does to address the needs of people experiencing pervasive trauma in the community and in their lives,” said Sarah Hendrickson, manager of survivor recovery services. “We’re committed to MetroHealth’s mission and these dollars allow us the opportunity to go above and beyond for our patients and survivors.”

Since the Trauma Recovery Services program launched in 2017, more than 4,000 patients have been screened for trauma-related resources.

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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