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.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.