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MetroHealth Burn Care Center Earns Reverification

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MetroHealth's Comprehensive Burn Care Center has been reverified as an adult and pediatric Burn Center by the American Burn Association (ABA) and American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma. MetroHealth is the only hospital in Ohio with an adult and pediatric trauma and Burn Center.

The reverification review began in late 2020, with the site visit delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The adult reverification was completed in January 2021. The pediatric reverification was completed earlier this month.

The review included three years' worth of documentation about the Burn Care Center's patient outcomes, performance improvement, community involvement, research and more.

MetroHealth voluntarily participates in the ABA/ACS reverification, and is one of the country's first verified Burn Centers. The joint verification is active through October 2023.

"The fact that we can provide burn and trauma care to adult and pediatric patients sets us apart from many other programs nationally," says Trauma Medical Director Jeffrey Claridge, MD. "The addition of three highly trained burn and trauma surgeons allows us to provide the most comprehensive burn care for all of Northern Ohio."

These additions, paired with Metro Life Flight air and ground critical care transport service, extends the reach of this comprehensive burn and trauma care to communities throughout the region.

The Burn Care Center opened in the summer of 1970 under the direction of Richard B. Fratianne, MD, who was instrumental in its establishment. Its first location was in the old SICU (Surgical ICU) with one patient bed. It later moved to occupy the entire 11th floor of the West Tower before moving again to the fifth floor of the Hamman Building. You can learn more about its history here.

The Burn Care Center on average treats more than 1,700 new burn injuries a year. It continues to provide primary care, teaching, training, and research in burn-related injuries. In addition to thermal injuries, the Burn Center treats chemical and electrical burns, inhalation injuries, frostbite injuries, exfoliative skin conditions and other complex wounds, such as necrotizing soft tissue infections.

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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