Cleveland, OH,
15:38 PM

Metro Life Flight base to open at Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center

CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Lake Health and The MetroHealth System have agreed to open a day base at TriPoint Medical Center to house a Cleveland Metro Life Flight helicopter.

The new base will be located at Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township and will help reduce response time for Lake and Geauga County residents. Operations for day basing are scheduled to start on December 3rd, 2019.

“This is another partnership that helps improve care for our community,” said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE, President and CEO of Lake Health. “Their presence in Lake County will provide a quicker response time in critical life situations for many of our patients and their families.”

The day base will include MetroHealth positioning a Metro Life Flight aircraft at the Concord Township campus for up to 12 hours a day. The day base will help reduce travel time when transporting trauma patients to the appropriate health care facility and allows a Metro Life Flight helicopter to be closer to where more and more trauma patients are originating from.

“Operating a Life Flight helicopter from Lake County will allow us to more quickly provide life-saving care and transport to more people,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with the Lake Hospital System to help make our community healthier.”

Metro Life Flight was the first air medical program in Northeast Ohio. The program was started in 1982 in order to quickly transport critically injured patients to the nearest and most appropriate trauma level care facility.

MetroHealth operates three Metro Life Flight helicopters strategically based throughout the region. Basing at the Lake Health TriPoint Medical Center will expand coverage into Lake and Geauga counties.

Cleveland Metro Life Flight currently transports about three to six patients a day across the region, or 2,800 patients a year, with emergency air medical services 24/7/365 in Northeast Ohio. Each morning, Metro Life Flight will fly its EC-145 aircraft to TriPoint Medical Center with a four-person crew that will consist of two pilots, one flight nurse and one physician or nurse practitioner.

The yellow and blue EC-145 helicopters used by Metro Life Flight are designed so the medical team can provide the highest level of care to patients during flight, including having immediate access to emergency blood products, ultrasound, and the ability to perform advanced procedures. The EC-145 is equipped with the latest avionics and safety equipment and exceeds all Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board recommendations for the Helicopter EMS industry.

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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