Bank of America Awards $1 Million Grant Toward the MetroHealth System Transformation
Major Contribution Boosts Capital Campaign to Increase Health Access for Ohio Residents
CLEVELAND – The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $1 million anchor grant to MetroHealth that will be used to support MetroHealth’s expanded services and transformation. Bank of America is the first lead corporate partner of MetroHealth’s philanthropic campaign, “For All of Us.” Launched earlier this year, the campaign’s goal is to raise a minimum of $100 million by 2023 for core aspects of MetroHealth’s transformation.
“At Bank of America, we continually seek new ways to connect with institutions doing important work and making a meaningful impact in our community,” said Jeneen Marziani, Ohio market president at Bank of America. “We’re incredibly proud to provide an anchor grant in support of MetroHealth’s impressive community revitalization transformation project that will not only transform the main medical campus but also revitalize and anchor the neighborhood.”
“Having this significant support from Bank of America, a major financial institution that is growing and investing in Ohio, is a great endorsement toward reaching our goals of creating a stronger MetroHealth,” said Brian M. O’Neill, chair of The MetroHealth Foundation board of directors. “We are honored to have Bank of America as a key partner as we continue to achieve and increase our health services that will make MetroHealth and Northeast Ohio a more formidable force in the future.”
Bank of America has environmental, social, and governance policies that drive responsible growth, create jobs, and help families, businesses and communities thrive. The anchor grant was created to support institutions and initiatives that ‘anchor’ the local community and enable economic mobility, workforce development and education, and community revitalization.
As part of MetroHealth’s transformation, the MetroHealth/West 25th Street neighborhood is on the path toward certification as an EcoDistrict, seizing upon creating opportunities for community wellness and economic development. MetroHealth is developing programs that address affordable housing, financial stability, safe neighborhoods and equitable access to healthy foods and quality jobs. New programs and the expansion of existing programs and services will target making access to health care easier; address social and economic barriers to health and wellness; and engage in cross-community collaborations. It also includes the construction of an 11-story hospital and a new long-term care and skilled nursing facility. Those capital projects are being financed by proceeds of a successful bond sale and with savings.
Pictured l to r above: Brian O’Neill, Chair, The MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors; Kashim Skeete, U.S. Trust, Senior Vice President Sales Executive; Raju Patel, Senior Vice President Ohio and Indiana for Bank of America; Jeneen Marziani, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Ohio Market President; Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO, MetroHealth; Vanessa L. Whiting, Chair-Elect, The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees; Tom McDonald, Chair, The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees
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.