Clark-Fulton Residents Get Digital Support through MetroHealth Partnership
Nearly 40 residents of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood received free laptops and digital literacy support recently thanks to MetroHealth, Dollar Bank, Digital C and MCPc.
Last year, Dollar Bank pledged $600,000 to help MetroHealth provide low-cost internet access to up to 1,000 low and moderate-income households in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. The partnership supports MetroHealth's efforts to bring digital resources to that neighborhood.
MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, has previously discussed the importance of being digitally connected in today's world and the lack of internet availability in the neighborhoods surrounding MetroHealth. He committed to collaborating with partners to provide low-cost internet for those households, with MetroHealth's Institute for H.O.P.E.™ coordinating these efforts.
Residents who received the laptops are already Digital C subscribers who benefit from the Dollar Bank subsidy for broadband internet. The laptops, courtesy of MCPc, provide these neighbors a reliable device for connecting to social service resources, health care portals, academics, college and job applications, and more.
During the laptop distribution, Institute for H.O.P.E. ™ staff helped residents get signed up for and trained on using MyChart, MetroHealth's free online health management tool that can be used for making medical appointments, checking test results and more.
Residents also had the chance to register to vote, courtesy of the Young Latino Network.
Additional laptops are scheduled to be distributed soon through MetroHealth's Digital Literacy Initiative.
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.