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MetroHealth and Urban Community School Partner to Improve Access to Care, Build a Healthier Community

CLEVELAND – The MetroHealth System will begin seeing patients Monday, June 1, at its new Ohio City Health Center in the Cletus Jeckering Family Health Center at Urban Community School (UCS).

The 32,000-square-foot facility, at the intersection of West 48th Street and Lorain Avenue, represents an innovative partnership between MetroHealth and UCS – two like-minded institutions committed to building a healthier and stronger community. The new health center will provide medical care to the school’s 600 students, as well their families and the entire community.

“Both MetroHealth and UCS understand that the best chance anyone has for long-term success is being surrounded by the services they need, services that are delivered by people who care,” said MetroHealth President & CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “At UCS, it isn’t just about academics. And at MetroHealth, it isn’t just about medicine. UCS has always operated under the belief that a family’s income doesn’t have to define a child’s future. MetroHealth has always operated under the belief that a family’s income doesn’t have to define the health of that family. Both of us see a need and we fill it.”

“We see this partnership as the logical next step for our school. We believe deeply in our mission to serve the whole child and feel that UCS will be a better school as result of the services now available,” said Tom Gill, president of Urban Community School. “We also envision ourselves as a neighborhood anchor and knowing that the health center will improve the lives of so many around only enhances this vision.”

The Ohio City Health Center will offer primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology services as well as MetroExpressCare to provide non-emergency room treatment for urgent health issues. This will be the fifth MetroExpressCare site, and the first on Cleveland’s Near West Side. Many of the health center’s providers are bilingual, including about 20 who speak Spanish.

The facility will also host services that address social determinants of health, those factors beyond medical care that research shows influence up to 80% of a person’s health. Those services include financial counseling, Food As Medicine, WIC, social work and civil legal help from the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland.

The MetroHealth School Health Program will provide comprehensive primary and preventive care services and care coordination for UCS students. The team will also provide health education and wellness programming for students and their families as well as professional development for UCS staff. In addition to UCS, the MetroHealth School Health Program also partners with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District and Positive Education Program.

The new Ohio City Health Center is separate from the school and has its own, free, on-campus parking lot. There’s a Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority bus stop on Lorain Avenue, just steps from the front door.

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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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