MetroHealth Assists the State, FEMA in Vaccinating Thousands of Ohioans at its Maple Heights Location
The MetroHealth System has partnered with Governor Mike DeWine’s office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Cuyahoga County to offer thousands COVID-19 vaccinations at MetroHealth’s Maple Heights location this Friday and Saturday.
MetroHealth opened the site at 5398 Northfield Road in March to handle increased demand for vaccine in the southeast part of Cuyahoga County. The site was selected because of its proximity to neighborhoods with relatively low rates of vaccination, as well as access to bus routes and parking.
“With MetroHealth's help, Maple Heights will have a vaccination center that is easily accessible to our residents and the residents of surrounding communities," said Maple Heights Mayor Annette Blackwell. "Efforts like MetroHealth’s Southgate vaccination center are vital to achieving equity in health care."
MetroHealth has vaccinated more than 7,000 people there over the past three weeks as part of a comprehensive plan to bring vaccines to neighborhoods that need them. Additional locations throughout Cuyahoga County will be announced soon.
Vaccinations are open to any Ohioan age 16 and older. Appointments are required.
To sign up, go to: https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov
Once on the state website, a search for zip code 44137 will bring up the Maple Heights location (“MetroHealth Maple Heights Branch of Wolstein Center”).
MetroHealth, the state, FEMA and others have been working with area elected officials, clergy and community leaders to help sign up people for vaccinations at the Northfield site.
The Northfield vaccination clinic will operate with FEMA and the state on Friday, April 16, and Saturday, April 17, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Additional appointments for April 23 and 24 will be made available soon. MetroHealth will continue to operate the vaccination clinic on other days.
“We are pleased to partner with the state, FEMA and the county to offer additional COVID vaccinations to thousands of people,” said Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System. “MetroHealth opened this clinic in Maple Heights because we saw an urgent need in the surrounding neighborhoods and zip codes. Our mission is to expand access to health care, and this partnership does just that.”
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.