MetroHealth, Cleveland Metroparks Partner for a Healthier Cleveland
The MetroHealth System and Cleveland Metroparks are proud to announce a five-year partnership that will leverage both institutions’ shared passion and commitment to wellness and equity to build a healthier community for everyone.
As its official health care partner, MetroHealth will collaborate with Cleveland Metroparks on several hallmark events enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people each year – Asian Lantern Festival, Trick-or-Treat Fest, Grandparents Day at the Zoo and others – with health screenings, wellness programming and more. Additionally, MetroHealth and Cleveland Metroparks are working on future opportunities to celebrate the diversity of the community both organizations serve.
The partnership will also build on Cleveland Metroparks’ innovative new mobile app presented by MetroHealth to inspire exercise and other fitness activities throughout the parks’ more than 24,000 acres of nature and 300 miles of hiking and biking trails. Download the free mobile app at clevelandmetroparks.com/app.
“Building a healthier Cleveland takes an incredible amount of collaboration between institutions, and we can’t imagine a more natural partnership than one with a 104-year track record of caring for our community,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “Last year, our friends, family and neighbors visited the Cleveland Metroparks nearly 20 million times. Those visits keep us healthy by helping to reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and heart rate, and boost our immune systems. They prevent disease.”
“Our partnership with MetroHealth and the impact our collective efforts can have on the community is significant,” said Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman. “Together we can offer a holistic approach to wellness that extends throughout Northeast Ohio.”
MetroHealth is currently in the midst of an ambitious makeover of its 52-acre main campus on West 25th Street, which includes the MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, and a direct link to Cleveland Metroparks. The reimagined campus – often described as a “Hospital in a Park” – will feature green space, gardens, walking paths and access to Cleveland Metroparks' portion of the Towpath Trail.
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.
About Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks spans more than 24,000 acres across Northeast Ohio including 18 reservations, more than 300 miles of trails, eight golf courses, eight lakefront parks, dining and retail venues, and nationally acclaimed Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The Park District offers thousands of education and recreation programs and events each year across the 49 communities it serves, helping to create connections to nature and promote conservation and sustainability. Find Your Path by downloading Cleveland Metroparks free mobile app at clevelandmetroparks.com/app.