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Metro Life Flight honored by U.S. Marshals Service with Outstanding Community Partnership Award

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Cleveland Metro Life Flight was honored by the United States Marshals Service Northern District of Ohio with its Outstanding Community Partnership Award.

The award recognizes Metro Life Flight’s service to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, made up of agents and police officers from around the region. Metro Life Flight physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other team members provide first-aid training to the Task Force, and sometimes accompany them as they arrest violent fugitives in case medical support is needed for anyone involved.

“Metro Life Flight works closely with police officers, firefighters and other first responders as we are called to help people often going through the worst day of their life,” said Dr. Bernard Boulanger, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer of The MetroHealth System. “We respect the work the Marshals do to keep our community safe and appreciate being recognized for the hard work that has gone into building this partnership with them.”

Metro Life Flight is a not-for-profit, CAMTS-accredited, air and ground critical care transport service. Since its inception in 1982, its priorities have always been to provide the highest level of care to those in need while implementing the highest safety standards in the industry.

With helicopters, critical care ground ambulances and advanced life support ambulances based throughout the region, Metro Life Flight is readily accessible to the communities throughout Northern Ohio. 

In addition to its work with the Fugitive Task Force and the Marshals, Metro Life Flight provides advanced medical and life support training to the FBI Cleveland Field Office, multiple local police departments and other first responders.

The award was presented by U.S. Marshal Peter Elliott to the Metro Life Flight team Thursday at Progressive Field. The awards presentation, delayed because of COVID-19, were for 2019 and 2020.

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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