Cleveland, OH,
09:13 AM

MetroHealth and Urban Community School to partner

The MetroHealth System and Urban Community School (UCS) are pleased to announce that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a community and school health center on the UCS campus. The partnership will enhance access to health care resources for UCS children and their families, UCS faculty, staff and their families, and the surrounding community.

Urban Community School plans to construct a new clinic building on its campus, located at 4909 Lorain Avenue. Initially, services will include primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health, a Hispanic Culture Health Clinic and a new service, MetroExpressCare, offering non-emergency room treatment for urgent health issues. MetroHealth will relocate a portion of its Family Medicine Department from its West 25th Street location to the new clinic building on the UCS campus. Construction is set to start in early 2019.

In addition, the building will include access to nutritional consultation, legal support, food access, Moms First program, a WIC office and a Reach Out and Read program.

At UCS, MetroHealth will operate the school’s clinic during school hours, eliminating many barriers to care for children and families. Services inside of the school will include immunizations, screenings, same-day sick care appointments, and primary and behavioral health care with services for children impacted by trauma,. Launched in 2013, MetroHealth’s School Health Program is currently offered to students at 13 Cleveland Metropolitan School District locations.

“As an Ursuline-sponsored school and under the guidance of a strong board of trustees, our commitment has always been to serve the whole child with the hope of meeting the needs of the entire family,” said Tom Gill, president of Urban Community School. “Health is an essential element of this commitment. We are thrilled to be partnering with MetroHealth to build what we believe will be an innovative and effective school-based health model. We also see ourselves as an anchor in the community and believe the overall impact on our community’s health is mission critical as well.”

“I am delighted the UCS Board and management have selected MetroHealth as their partner in this important endeavor. Their holistic focus on young people’s social, emotional, spiritual and physical development perfectly aligns with MetroHealth’s mission for the community. Together, we will create healthier neighbors and healthier neighborhoods,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, president and CEO of MetroHealth. “Urban Community School’s long history of collaboration, innovation and success increases the probability of sustainable impact on a community in need.”

The new health care services are planned to start in 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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