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MetroHealth introduces mentoring program to support recent Lincoln-West graduates

(Cleveland) - Although the inaugural class of the Lincoln-West School of Science and Health graduated on June 21, the scholars will still have support from The MetroHealth System, where they took classes onsite, job shadowed and interned to learn about careers in health care.

A.I.M.S. – Academic Inspiration for MetroHealth Success Mentoring Program – pairs the students as mentees with MetroHealth employees as mentors. The mentors/mentees will connect twice a month via phone, text, Skype, or through other channels to discuss students' accomplishments, challenges, career advice, and other topics related to their post high school transition. All graduates have been paired with a MetroHealth mentor.

Program goals are to:

- Increase college retention and graduation rates

- Provide assistance to mentees with adjusting and navigating their college experience and life post-high school

- Encourage students' academic excellence

"We want you to remain part of this family. We want to continue working with you, and we want to inspire you and help you to live out your dreams," Alan K. Nevel, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer, told the new high school graduates.

"I really appreciate you taking the time out to do this," Alan told the mentors. "It's important to invest your time, efforts and energy in these young folks. You may be one of the very few people who has a positive message for these students.

Let's build relationships."

The mentor-mentee pairs, who were selected based on careers, hobbies and interests, met for the first time at a luncheon Wednesday afternoon. They participated in ice breakers to get to know each other, exchanged contact information and started planning the framework for their mentoring relationship.

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.

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