Cleveland, OH,
13
March
2020
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17:34 PM
America/New_York

MetroHealth Establishes Helping Hand Fund To Assist Individuals Under COVID-19 Quarantine

In response to COVID-19, or coronavirus, and anticipating the needs of the community, The MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ has begun coordinating efforts to assist individuals under quarantine who need food and other supplies.

MetroHealth has established the Helping Hand Fund. Donations to the fund will support the purchase and delivery of food, supplies, medication and other assistance.

“People are calling in with specific needs,” said Susan Fuehrer, President, Institute for H.O.P.E.™ “A cash donation provides an efficient and effective method for meeting those needs, including timely delivery of supplies to someone’s doorstep and verification of the delivery.”

Delivery services of prescription medications will be handled through the MetroHealth Pharmacy and CVS. The Institute for H.O.P.E. will assist with coordinating the delivery of emergency food and supplies.

In addition to cash donations to the Helping Hand Fund or local social service organizations, people can offer to provide a meal, deliver food or help with other errands for friends or neighbors who are under quarantined or at elevated risk of contracting COVID-19, Fuehrer said.

For additional information, including how to donate to the Helping Hand Fund, visit http://www.metrohealth.org/covid19help.

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.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.