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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

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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