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MetroHealth Employees Spread Joy During Annual Holiday Project

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Giving back can be fun! An annual grant gives The MetroHealth System employees creative freedom to spread joy and holiday cheer throughout the community year after year.

The MetroHealth A.C.T.I.O.N (A Caring Tradition in Our Community) Grant is a proud tradition that assists employees to develop and carry out projects to help others during the holiday season. The grants are designed to supplement contributions that the employees make to fund their projects.

In 2020, more than 40 A.C.T.I.O.N grants were awarded to departments, workgroups and individuals who found creative ways to help people in the community.

Groups of MetroHealth employees or departments are encouraged to work with local agencies, social service organizations or faith communities to provide gifts or opportunities to those in need.

For example, this year the Bedford Team used grant money to donate toys to foster children in need through the Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services.

“Every year, our physicians and staff look forward to the opportunity to work with their friends and coworkers to give back,” said Dorsena Drakeford, MetroHealth media relations specialist. “It’s fun to see what they come up with and how their generosity extends outside of the workplace.”

Every day, MetroHealth staff and physicians show compassion for people inside the hospital - a holiday grant helps them do more outside of those four walls.

Please use the contact information above if you’re interested in speaking with a team or an organizer about their project and the impact it’s had on the recipients.

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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