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JoAnn and Bob Glick Target Gift to Impact Cleveland’s Underserved Communities

(Cleveland) – MetroHealth will significantly expand two programs that serve some of Cleveland’s most vulnerable children, thanks to a $500,000 gift from JoAnn and Bob Glick.

The Glicks, who focus their philanthropic efforts on improving the lives, health and well-being of Cleveland’s women and children, have committed $250,000 each to the MetroHealth Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC) and the system’s Students Are Free to Express (SAFE) Project.

MAAC evaluates children for autism spectrum disorders. It is the only autism assessment clinic on Cleveland’s west side and the only clinic in Ohio (and one of very few in the country) that accommodates and embraces the language and cultural needs of Hispanic patients and families.

The Glicks’ gift will allow MAAC to add a bilingual psychologist, speech/language therapist and social worker to its current full-time staff of three; significantly reduce its wait list; and serve more children who would otherwise not have access to screening and services.

The SAFE Project is a mental health initiative within MetroHealth’s School Health Program, which provides health care services to children while they are at school. SAFE immerses students in the arts – music, dance, theater, visual arts, poetry, drum circles and more – helping them navigate serious mental health challenges, learn how to work through their anxiety and trauma, and find healthy outlets for their emotions.

The program is offered at Harvey Rice Wraparound School, John Adams High School and Lincoln-West High School, all in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The Glicks’ gift will allow the SAFE Project to recruit a full-time evaluation assistant and program coordinator, develop evaluation metrics, increase the pool of visiting professional artists, provide education presentations/workshops for families, and expand programming to include more students at each school. The eventual goal is to expand SAFE to all grades.

Both programs are fundraising priorities of MetroHealth’s philanthropic campaign, “For All of Us.”

Launched in 2018, the five-year, $100 million campaign supports MetroHealth’s Transformation with fundraising for programs and services in four areas: For Our Health, For Our Neighborhood, For Our Economy and For Our Future.

“We chose to support these two programs because they are both fulfilling an unmet need and improving the lives of Cleveland’s children, on the front lines,” said JoAnn Glick, a champion of community health who has an extensive nursing background.

“MAAC and SAFE are working, and they can be expanded and replicated by other health systems, increasing access to those who most need it,” said Bob Glick, former CEO and Chairman of Dots LLC, a national chain of women’s apparel stores. “We hope our investments not only help kids in Cleveland but that they inspire others to join us in supporting Cleveland’s kids and families.”

The Glicks have been quietly contributing to various local nonprofit organizations for years. Bob’s board service includes The Cleveland Foundation, The Cleveland Orchestra and Activant Capital. JoAnn Glick serves on the board of ideastream and is a member of the advisory committee for Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

“Clevelanders are fortunate to have JoAnn and Bob Glick in their corner,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We are grateful that the Glicks have chosen to be our partner in bringing critical services to the community. Ensuring the health and well-being of our residents, especially our young people, is one of the most important parts of MetroHealth’s mission.”

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.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.