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MetroHealth Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Kline Appointed to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Magnet Recognition

Kline, Melissa

Melissa Kline, VP and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), has been appointed to the Commission on Magnet Recognition, a voluntary governing body that oversees the Magnet Recognition Program®. This program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The commission renders the final decision regarding the designation of the Magnet® credential, and provides a mechanism for the systematic review and evaluation of the strategic direction of the Magnet Recognition Program. She will be one of two CNOs and one of twelve on the Commission.

Kline’s work has helped in securing MetroHealth’s Magnet® designation for three consecutive reviews. In its most recent review in 2015, MetroHealth achieved Magnet redesignation with six exemplars under her leadership. In this role on the Commission, Kline will help make final decisions regarding other hospitals’ Magnet designation, and will oversee the appeals process for the program.

She began her career at MetroHealth in 1998 as a clinical nurse on the Progressive Cardiac Care Unit and then the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Prior to becoming VP and CNO in 2015, she served in many leadership capacities, including assistant nurse manager, nurse manager, director of Nurse Staffing Operations, director of Nursing Operations and Professional Development, and associate chief nursing officer.

Kline’s four-year term begins in January 2018.

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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