MetroHealth, Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health Collaborate to Vaccinate at Homeless Shelter
The MetroHealth System, the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cuyahoga County Board of Health worked together Friday to vaccinate nearly 100 people at the largest homeless shelter in Ohio.
Health care workers from MetroHealth administered the vaccines to those who work or stay at the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside. The vaccine was provided by the Cleveland Department of Public Health. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health provided additional support.
“MetroHealth has a long history of providing health care and other services to our community’s most vulnerable, including the homeless population,” said MetroHealth CEO and President Akram Boutros, MD. “This vaccination program will help reduces the spread of COVID-19 and make everyone safer.”
“The Cleveland Department of Public Health is working in partnership with Cuyahoga County and MetroHealth to prioritize the vaccine for our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Jackson. “Those without adequate housing can be especially vulnerable to COVID-19, but by working as a community we can help provide fair vaccine access and delivery for our citizens.”
Those living in shelters are at the highest risk of contracting and transmitting COVID. This program targeting the homeless population will continue as long as vaccines provided to the City of Cleveland remain available.
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.