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Donation to fund game systems for MetroHealth's young patients

A hospital stay can be a scary thing for a little one. That’s why MetroHealth’s Child Life and Education team tries hard to give children a sense of normalcy – familiar and fun things to do - when they are in the hospital

For a child confined to a bed, activities can be very restricted.

But not if there’s a video game close at hand.

The Cleveland Warthogs, a nonprofit organization made up of public safety workers including police officers, firefighters, EMTs and court workers, found out that video gaming systems were on top of the MetroHealth Child Life and Education team’s wish list. So, they went into action.

The group had originally hoped to be able to donate monies for the systems by 2019, but they met that goal much sooner, donating more than $10,000 to Child Life just before Thanksgiving of 2018.

They game systems are just what the doctor ordered for a hospital setting. They are durable, washable and secure and come with pre-loaded games, making it easy for children and their families to have a little fun during such a scary time. These systems are built on carts that function the same way a bedside table does, so children who cannot get up can still enjoy them. The screens can move and tilt to accommodate children in bed, even if needing to lay flat on their back.

“We are so excited and grateful for the support and generosity of the Cleveland Warthogs. This is an incredible gift to Pediatric patients at MetroHealth,” says Jessica Chupnick, manager of Child Life and Education.

"We see bad things on a daily basis," says Tim Sopkovich, president of the Warthogs. "This is a way we can bring good into some childrens' lives."

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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