Cleveland, OH,
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June
2020
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MetroHealth Employee Care Fund Receives Boost from PNC, Trustees and Foundation Boards

CLEVELAND – Thanks to the community’s overwhelming desire to provide direct support to front-line caregivers and other essential staff at The MetroHealth System during the COVID-19 crisis, The MetroHealth Foundation has raised more than $111,000 for its Employee Care Fund.

This money is being used to provide needed services such as day care, counseling and food delivery to MetroHealth employees, as well as safe respite for caregivers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients.

Expanding the number of musicians performing in the corridor near the cafeteria at MetroHealth’s main campus and providing employees with art supplies as a way to help relieve stress are among the efforts the Employee Care Fund supports throughout MetroHealth that focus on caregiver well-being, connection and recognition.

The fund has received several notable donations.

  • The PNC Foundation has given $50,000 in support of MetroHealth employees. Part of the gift was used to underwrite the cost of a meal for 4,000 employees at MetroHealth’s main campus and Old Brooklyn Campus in May. The remainder will be used for a similar event later this month.

“The team at MetroHealth is on the front lines every day taking care of our loved ones,” said Pat Pastore, PNC regional president for Cleveland. “Greater Clevelanders have a long history of taking care of one another in times of need. It’s important now, more than ever, for all of us to support our friends and neighbors to ensure Northeast Ohio emerges stronger and healthier.”

  • Members of The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees and The MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors have collectively given nearly $20,000.
  • The Stephen J. McHale Family Foundation Fund has provided $15,000 in support.
  • A $10,000 donation from new Cleveland Browns player Austin Hooper provided 1,000 employees with chicken sandwiches from Sauce the City Cleveland, a restaurant located down the street from MetroHealth in the Galley Building on West 25th Street.

“We are so thankful for the donations that are lessening the financial burden of our employees on the front lines of this health crisis,” said Kate Brown, president of The MetroHealth Foundation. “It’s so heartening to see the outpouring of support from the community.”

For additional information, including how to donate to the Employee Care Fund, visit https://www.metrohealth.org/foundation/covid-19/employee-care-fund.

About PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

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 broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 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% 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 Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

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. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.