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MetroHealth Awarded $1.5 Million Grant from KeyBank Foundation to Help Eliminate Potential Barriers to Health in Underserved Populations

Funding will help MetroHealth expand the reach of the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ and reflects KeyBank’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

The KeyBank Foundation is making a $1.5 million grant to The MetroHealth System. This transformative grant is part of KeyBank’s $40 billion National Community Benefits Plan and is symbolic of the bank’s longstanding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The funding will help MetroHealth expand the reach of the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment) and capture a more complete picture of patients and their lives, beyond hospital walls, so that they can identify and help eliminate potential barriers to health and well-being.

“KeyBank is proud to partner with MetroHealth to address the root causes of health issues and to improve access to the resources that will help citizens live healthier lives,“ said KeyCorp Chairman and CEO Chris Gorman. “The Institute for H.O.P.E. aligns with our mission to help communities thrive by creating better and brighter futures for all.”

Launched in 2019, the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ is a commitment to identify and act on the social determinants of health (SDOH) as critical components of achieving optimal individual and community health. The Institute is organized into three focus areas:

• Healthy Families and Thriving Communities: Screens patients for social determinants of health and responds to identified needs, through programs and partnerships

• Transformative Knowledge and Education: Increases the ability of patients, employees and community members to live their healthiest lives by building skills and opportunities for education, employment, financial stability and digital access

• Innovative Practices: Uses data to inform direction and measure results in everything. Also leads the effort to spread best practices to other communities

A key initiative of the Institute is to screen all adult MetroHealth patients for social determinants of health across 10 key domain areas including: Food Insecurity, Transportation, Social Connection, Housing, Utilities, Stress, Intimate Partner Violence, Physical Activity, Financial Resource Strain, and Digital Connectivity.

This investment by the KeyBank Foundation will provide community-benefit to underserved populations, predominantly persons of color, by connecting patients/clients with social needs to MetroHealth and other community-based organizations (CBOs) for assistance with their social needs such as food, transportation, health, stress, digital connectivity, housing and utilities, education and finances via the MetroHealth Economic Opportunity Center.

“KeyBank’s early support of the Opportunity Center is providing significant momentum for the Institute for H.O.P.E.,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD. “We are grateful for the generosity of the KeyBank Foundation and look forward to this expanded collaboration.”

Since 2001, the KeyBank Foundation has given more than $430,000 to MetroHealth to support various community, healthcare and workforce initiatives, including the Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center and the Nursing Careers Pathway Program.

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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About KeyBank

KeyBank’s roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $176.2 billion at March 31, 2021. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,100 branches and more than 1,400 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.