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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 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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