MetroHealth Among Ohio’s Best Hospitals for Inclusivity, Community Health
The MetroHealth System is one of the best hospitals in Ohio when it comes to its commitment to community health, equity and inclusivity, according a recently released study.
The Lown Institute Hospitals Index, a nonpartisan think tank, compared more than 3,000 hospitals across the United States on how well the hospitals treat their patients and their commitment to providing high-quality care.
“This recognition places MetroHealth in the top 98th percentile of the 3,282 hospitals and health systems for community health, equity and inclusion. It is a tribute to our mission, the Board of Trustees and employees of MetroHealth, who strive each day to make our community healthier and more resilient,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, M.D. “Whether it is addressing affordable housing needs, infant mortality, prioritizing diversity, digitally connecting a community or building a new hospital, our health system is building new roads to success for everyone. We are proud of the ranking and are committed to doing even more.”
The scores were based on a combination of: civic leadership, including how much a hospital spends on community benefits; how well the hospital cares for minorities; the proportion of low-income patients it serves; value of care, which looks at the overuse of low-value procedures and patient outcomes, determined by a risk-adjustment algorithm.
“At a time when communities are relying on (hospitals) like never before, hospitals must rethink what it means to be great,” said Dr. Vikas Saini, president of the Lown Institute, in a statement. “To be great, a hospital cannot only provide care that’s high in quality. It must also deliver value and advance equality.”
The MetroHealth System has long prioritized community health and equitable health care for all. It is one of the founders of First Year Cleveland, which focuses on reducing infant deaths in Cuyahoga County, particularly among African-American babies. Dr. Boutros spoke last year at The City Club of Cleveland about health disparities and toxic stress.
MetroHealth also established the Institute for H.O.P.E. to address social determinants of health – factors such as housing, access to nutritious food, transportation, education and job training that can have a far greater impact on someone’s health than the medical care they receive.
MetroHealth ranked seventh on the list for Ohio, behind Mercy Health – West Hospital in Cincinnati (1) and Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus (2). All hospitals ranked in the top 10 earned an A+ rating.
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.