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MetroHealth Launches New Podcast for Health Systems to Help Reduce Number of Opioids Prescribed

The MetroHealth System this week launched a podcast series designed to help other health systems and caregivers lower the number of opioids they prescribe.

The 10-episode podcast can be found at It was funded through the Care Innovation and Community Improvement Program, a consortium of safety net hospitals that look to improve health outcomes while reducing costs.

“We are excited to share information and lessons learned with our health care colleagues,” said Dr. Joan Papp, Director of MetroHealth’s Office of Opioid Safety. “We think other hospitals can learn from how we lowered the number of painkillers we prescribed by nearly 50 percent over four years. We know Ohio continues to struggle with an opioid epidemic in the midst of a global pandemic.”

OnePath is a toolkit for helping to combat the opioid epidemic as a member of the medical community with empathy, mindfulness, and a big-picture perspective. Hosted by Metrohealth Department of Opioid Safety community educator Libbey Pelaia, OnePath is an immersive, engaging series that shares practical advice, hard data, and personal anecdotes of those working to combat the opioid epidemic on a daily basis, from software developers and policymakers to emergency doctors and clinical psychologists.

Non-opioid pain management is one of several topics covered in the series, along with use of electronic records, medically assisted treatment, community engagement and others.

The series was produced in conjunction with Evergreen Podcasts.

In addition to, the podcast can be heard on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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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