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.
“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."
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.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
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