Cleveland, OH,
13
March
2020
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10:34 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, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75% of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system 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 teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.