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Case Western Reserve University and The MetroHealth System Continue Affiliation for Another Decade

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and The MetroHealth System today announced an agreement to extend the institutions’ partnership in education and research through June 30, 2031.

The affiliation continues medical students’ clinical learning opportunities within MetroHealth, and includes a shared commitment to identify additional educational options for CWRU’s allied health students within the hospital system. It also signals the hospital’s commitment to increasing its research efforts.

“This agreement expands and strengthens our partnership, for the good of both organizations, and for the benefit of the community,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “MetroHealth’s transformation will create advanced, engaged, and innovative campus, neighborhoods, research, and teaching programs.”

The new agreement follows last month’s announcement of MetroHealth’s addition to the National Center for Regenerative Medicine, which is based at the university and includes Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. Four years ago, MetroHealth and CWRU’s dental school launched their own new affiliation to expand research and clinical opportunities for students and residents and expand the hospital’s oral health services.

“This 10-year extension recognizes the strength of our existing collaborations and provides more ways for us to engage with one another,” Case Western Reserve President Eric W. Kaler said. “We look forward to seeing our collective progress in learning and discovery.”

One of the organizations’ most longstanding joint efforts involves the Cleveland FES Center, now a city-wide consortium dedicated to applying electrical signals to the nervous system to enhance patients’ quality of life—for example, by restoring movement to paralyzed muscles. The FES Center also includes the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center and, more recently, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic.

“MetroHealth has been a key partner for more than 100 years,” said Stan Gerson, Interim Dean of CWRU’s School of Medicine. “This extension not only continues existing collaborations, but opens additional avenues for us to advance medical education and research in ways that ultimately benefit patients. I look forward to seeing how these efforts unfold.”

“This partnership underscores our commitment to educating the next generation of physicians and other health professionals while building upon our groundbreaking research collaboration,” said Bernard Boulanger, MD, MBA, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of The MetroHealth System and Professor of Surgery, Senior Associate Dean at the CWRU School of Medicine. “In both education and research, we are working together to help create a better tomorrow.”

One example is a new Affiliation Council of key medical school and hospital leaders charged to identify priority areas for strategic engagement as well as opportunities to provide additional training and professional development for members of groups traditionally underrepresented in medicine.

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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About Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,700 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.