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Generous Donation, Unique Partnership Allows MetroHealth to Support Employees Whose Children are Learning Remotely

MetroHealth employees whose children are going to school remotely because of COVID-19 will have access to a rich educational environment for their kids during the work day, thanks to a unique partnership and a very generous donation.

The MetroHealth System has teamed up with Urban Community School to offer assisted learning support for the children of employees who are in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

An anonymous donation to the MetroHealth Employee Assistance Fund is allowing the system to help its employees pay for this program.

“One of the greatest challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic is the uncertainty we face in our daily lives, particularly as it relates to our children,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, M.D. “This program will allow parents to come to go to work knowing their children are supervised and have someone who can help with school assignments. We are grateful to Urban Community School and our donor for making this partnership possible.”

“This is another example of Urban Community School working to fill a critical gap in our neighborhood,” said Tom Gill, President of Urban Community School. “We will help educate more children, preparing the next generation of Cleveland’s leaders, while helping a good partner.”

"Our world is in crisis and our city is no exception,” said Urban Community School President Tom Gill. “Urban Community School cannot meet all of the needs but our mission compels us to do more right now. MetroHealth is a great friend and partner to our school. They make us better.

“And when a friend calls you and asks for support, you do everything you can to say yes. For us at UCS, if it means serving more kids and playing a small role in helping caretakers keep working at such an important place in our community, we will do everything we possibly can to make it work,” Gill said.

The program will be offered from 6:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. beginning September 8.

Students will be dropped off at Urban Community School at 4909 Lorain Ave., a short drive from MetroHealth’s Main and Old Brooklyn campuses. There, teacher assistants will help students as they do distance learning lessons from their own schools. The students will bring their own breakfast and/or lunch, as well as their own laptop and school supplies.

The cost is $50 per day, but MetroHealth will subsidize half of it through the donation, so the cost to employees will be $25 per day. Employees can use the service as few as two days per week up to five days per week.

This program for MetroHealth employees marks another major collaboration between the public healthcare system and Urban Community School. This spring, MetroHealth moved its Ohio City Health Center into the newly built Cletus Jeckering Family Health Center on the UCS campus. The Ohio City Health Center offers an array of outpatient services, including Urgent Care, as well as onsite referrals to social service partners.

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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