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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 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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