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CSU & MetroHealth Partner to Enhance Nursing Education and the Public’s Health

Due to the growing population of older Americans, as Baby Boomers age, and the ageing-out of many nurse leaders/executives, Northeast Ohio has an increasing need for highly-educated nurse managers who can help meet the needs of our community. Cleveland State University and The MetroHealth System are combining forces to ensure the region has enough nursing professionals to meet health care demand by providing enhanced educational opportunities for nurses.

Through the partnership, CSU will offer both a Master’s of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing for individuals who are already registered nurses, on-site at MetroHealth. The blended delivery approach, which will be eligible for employee reimbursement by MetroHealth, will include in-person and online coursework taught by CSU professors. The initiative is designed to allow working nurses to enhance their education affordably and conveniently, minimizing disruptions to other aspects of their lives.

“CSU and MetroHealth both recognize the importance of expanding the number of qualified nursing professionals who can meet growing demand for quality care,” notes Dr. Timothy Gaspar, dean of the School of Nursing at Cleveland State. “This partnership seeks to provide a pathway for current nurses to augment their credentials and clinical expertise as an added value to MetroHealth and the community as a whole.”

"Patient care is our nurses’ top top priority," says Melissa Kline, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, vice-president and chief nursing officer. "Advancing their education will ultimately lead to better outcomes for our patients."

CSU and MetroHealth plan to enroll up to 20-30 nurses in the master’s program and up to 20-30 in the bachelor’s program annually and will offer some openings in each program to nurses at other health systems in the region. This is one of the first blended educational programs being offered by a university at a health care system.

“As one of the largest undergraduate nursing schools in the State of Ohio, CSU is dedicated to working with our community to address the educational and health care needs of the region,” Gaspar adds. “This effort is just one of several unique initiatives we are undertaking to work with our health care partners to provide the best nursing education possible in our community.”

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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