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MetroHealth Joins National Center for Regenerative Medicine as Part of Membership Expansion

MetroHealth has been accepted as an institutional member of the National Center for Regenerative Medicine, a leader in cellular manufacturing and regenerative medicine. The Center is based at Case Western Reserve University and operated by CWRU, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. All three are nationally ranked and recognized research institutions.​

The Center is focused on research leading to the discovery of cell-based therapies for patient care. The invitation for MetroHealth to join the Center followed a vote by its board of governors last month.

"The National Center for Regenerative Medicine is leading the way in regenerative medicine, stem cell research, cellular manufacturing and clinical trials for cellular therapeutics," says Bernard Boulanger, MD, Chief Clinical Officer. "The addition of MetroHealth as a full member of the Center enhances our ability to bring these cutting-edge advances to the patients we serve."

The National Center for Regenerative Medicine is one of only a few academic institutions in the U.S. with a state-of-the-art cellular therapy manufacturing facility.

William Tse, MD, Director of MetroHealth's division of Hematology/Oncology and Deputy Director of the MetroHealth Cancer Center, credits the membership invitation as a direct result of MetroHealth's leadership, vision and investment in cellular immunotherapy research.

"Joining the National Center for Regenerative Medicine raises our status in the world of cancer research and treatment and makes us a more competitive institution for decades to come," he says. "We are part of an elite partnership now."

Dr. Tse believes affiliation with the National Center for Regenerative Medicine will provide more regulatory support and increased access to FDA approval for MetroHealth discoveries in treatment, enabling our patients to reap the benefits sooner.

The Center integrates the cell therapy and regenerative medicine activities of the largest biomedical research and health care institutions in Ohio – Case Western Reserve, University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic. It is led by Stanton Gerson, MD, interim dean of the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Asa and Patricia Shiverick-Jane Shiverick (Tripp) Professor of Hematological Oncology, and director of the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; and co-led by Timothy Chan, MD, PhD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Immunotherapy and Precision Immuno-Oncology.

"With the addition of MetroHealth as a formal institutional member, all cellular therapy activities in the city are now united under the Center's umbrella, fostering collaboration, promoting efficiency, and expanding possibilities for better treatments and new discoveries," says Dr. Gerson, Director of the National Center for Regenerative Medicine.

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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