Everyone gather 'round! MetroHealth to host holiday tree-lighting ceremony
We already know the forecast for the evening of Saturday, December 1: Lots of warmth.
Warmth from free hot cocoa and baked treats, live music performances, tree lighting and, most of all, a community coming together.
The MetroHealth System, Turner Construction and Councilwoman Jasmin Santana are hosting the Season to Celebrate community event on Saturday, December 1, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor quad near our iconic hospital towers at 2500 MetroHealth Drive. There will be free parking in the Sackett lot (between MetroHealth drive and W. 25th Street) for the duration of the event.
In addition to the free hot cocoa and baked goods, live performances by The MetroHealth System Employee Choir, the Urban Community School Choir, and flutist Gayle Getts. La Mega will be broadcasting live, and the tree lighting will take place at 6:00 p.m.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.