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MetroHealth Congratulates its Youngest Graduates

Thirty-one toddlers graduated earlier this month from MetroHealth’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program, which serves low-income women who are pregnant with their first child. The women are partnered with a registered nurse early in pregnancy (before reaching the 28th week) and receive ongoing nurse home visits until the child reaches two years of age. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, those visits have shifted to virtual and phone visits.

Click here for a video with highlights from this year's NFP graduating class. 

Nurse-Family Partnership, which was established in 1996, operates in 41 states, including Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the program arrived at MetroHealth in 2016, more than 300 babies have been born. Ninety-one pregnant women are currently enrolled.

The June group of toddlers is the second group to graduate from MetroHealth’s NFP program. A set of twins was among the 31 toddlers in the first group to graduate during a ceremony held at MetroHealth last October.

Through regular home nurse visits, first-time moms receive information on preventive care (prenatal care, smoking cessation, future pregnancy planning, etc.) and also are connected with local health and educational resources. They also get information on improving their diets and reducing their use of cigarettes, alcohol and illegal substances.

More than a dozen specially trained nurses check in regularly on first-time moms and mothers-to-be who live in the Cleveland neighborhoods at highest risk for preterm birth/infant mortality – Buckeye/Broadway, Central, Stockyards, Clark-Fulton, Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit-Shoreway, and Brooklyn Centre.

Those nurses and social workers who work with NFP help parents access the health care they need to promote their baby’s development and well-being; and improves the economic self-sufficiency of the family by helping parents access educational and employment opportunities and assist with planning future pregnancies.

The MetroHealth Nurse-Family Partnership has received support from private philanthropy (including The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland and the Myers Foundation) as well as public funds from the State of Ohio.

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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