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Cleveland Ballet returns to MetroHealth for annual performance of 'The Nutcracker'

The MetroHealth System is about a lot more than check-ups and flu shots. The Arts in Medicine program is one example of the way we inspire joy and wonder in our patients – and our employees – to help reduce stress and keep them happy and healthy.

The Cleveland Ballet brings the beauty of the holidays to our Main Campus every year by performing excerpts from “The Nutcracker” in the rotunda just outside the Emergency Department. This year, they performed on November 28.

Their first performance was for a group of 40 second-grade students from Scranton Elementary School. After the beautiful performance, the dancers invited the students to their dance space for the chance to meet them, learn some dance moves and - for some - get lifted off their feet.


The company's second performance of the day was for the entire MetroHealth community. 

Linda Jackson, director of MetroHealth's Arts in Medicine program, says there are so many benefits to this special treat (and others that her program puts on throughout the entire year). "There are proven, positive effects of incorporating art of all kinds into the healing process. Every performance, presentation and opportunity to participate, listen to or view art helps enrich the lives of patients, staff, and the family and friends who come here to support them. It’s part of our way of supporting MetroHealth’s mission of creating healthier communities."

For a complete calendar of the Arts in Medicine program, click here

About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care–through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services–that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit