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Metro Life Flight to Expand Coverage in Wayne County

Metro Life Flight

The MetroHealth System will expand the life-saving services of its Metro Life Flight helicopter in north-central Ohio this summer.

A Metro Life Flight helicopter will now be based around the clock at Wayne County Airport beginning July 5. This 24/7 service will help reduce travel time when transporting patients from Wayne County and surrounding areas -- such as Wooster, Orrville, Ashland, Canton and many other locations -- to the appropriate health care facility.

“This move will save lives. It allows MetroHealth to offer its world-class emergency care to more people across Ohio,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We’re honored to partner with the first responders in Wayne County to offer this service.”

Kidron Fire Chief Jon Peters said: “We are excited about having 24/7 helicopter coverage. This is a win for Wayne County residents.”

Metro Life Flight currently transports nearly 4,000 patients a year, or more than 10 patients a day, with emergency medical services 24/7/365 in Northeast Ohio.

The three Metro Life Flight helicopters are staffed with a four-person crew consisting of two pilots, one flight nurse and one physician or nurse practitioner.

Metro Life Flight was the first air medical program in Northeast Ohio. The program was started in 1982 in order to quickly transport critically sick and injured patients to the nearest and most appropriate facility. Transports typically include trauma, strokes, pediatric emergency or other medical emergency.

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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