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MetroHealth hosts community tree lighting

Upwards of 200 people from the neighborhood and beyond celebrated the holiday season at MetroHealth on Saturday, December 1.

We hosted the Season to Celebrate community event on the outdoor quad near our hospital towers. Councilwoman Jasmin Santana provided welcoming remarks to neighborhood residents.

As we continue construction on our main campus, with plans to build a new hospital in the next few years, we are committed to creating a vibrant neighborhood for our residents. We were thrilled to be the site for our community to gather to ring in the holiday season.

Metrohealth Tree Lighting (Video courtesy of Olivia Mantenieks)

Families enjoyed free hot cocoa and baked goods, live performances by The MetroHealth System Employee Choir, the Urban Community School Choir and flutist Gayle Getts. Of course, Santa also stopped by to chat with some little ones about their lists. 

There was a live tree lighting at 6 p.m. The lights will stay on through the holiday season and everyone is invited to visit and take pictures.

Thank you to Turner Construction and to Johnny’s Restaurant and Floressa Café & Bakery for providing the treats for the community. Olivia Mantenieks put together the video of the evening. What an amazing way to celebrate the season with our neighbors!

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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 percent 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.