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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 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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