MetroHealth Donates More Than $150,000 to Local Organizations Dedicated to Serving The Community
Cleveland - The MetroHealth System is making grants totaling $180,000 to three Cleveland nonprofits.
Two of the organizations – FrontLine Service and the Journey Center for Safety and Healing – share MetroHealth’s mission to care for under-resourced or often-ignored populations. FrontLine delivers behavioral health assistance to clients in crisis, many of whom are without permanent homes or have had their lives disrupted by violence. The Journey Center, formerly known as the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, works with victims of domestic violence and child abuse and their families.
The already difficult work of both organizations has been made even harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Journey Center, for example, traditionally received many referrals through schools, but that has been disrupted because of remote learning. FrontLine’s clients have added the burdens of COVID to problems that already can seem overwhelming.
FrontLine and the Journey Center will each receive $50,000.
MetroHealth is also giving $80,000 over the next two years to the Metro West Development Organization to support beautification projects along the West 25th Street Corridor that borders the health system’s main campus. These efforts will complement on-going partnerships between MetroHealth and Metro West, including master planning and EcoDistrict planning in the community around the main hospital, all with a goal of enhancing the neighborhood and improving opportunities for its residents.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MetroHealth has continued to help those in need by providing both health care and assistance with non-medical issues such as food insecurity and social isolation. Partnering with community organizations to help those in need is key to MetroHealth’s mission.
“Both FrontLine and Journey have worked hard to overcome challenges to provide services that are desperately needed,” said MetroHealth CEO and President Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “Metro West is a vital partner as we continue to build our new hospital campus and make sure inclusive development happens in our neighborhood.”
“We know unreported cases of abuse are even higher than usual because of the pandemic,” said Melissa Graves, Executive Director of The Journey Center. “With MetroHealth’s assistance, we will educate new partners to spot abuse and redouble our efforts to help vulnerable families.”
“COVID has made the lives of our clients even more dangerous and uncertain,” said Susan Neth, CEO of Frontline Service. “By using this money from MetroHealth to help them with basic needs including healthy food and transportation to their appointments, we hope to restore some stability and dignity to their lives.”
“Even in the midst of the pandemic, our neighborhood has continued to move forward in 2020,” said Ricardo León, Executive Director of Metro West Development Organization. “This money from MetroHealth will help us celebrate that progress and create a more pleasing, positive environment along the West 25th Street Corridor.”
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.