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MetroHealth Medical Center in Parma Achieves Adult III Trauma Center Designation

Parma - People who live in and around Parma and need trauma care have more options for life-saving care now that the MetroHealth Medical Center in Parma has been upgraded to Level III, effective October 5.

Parma’s dense population coupled with MetroHealth’s trauma expertise and MetroHealth Medical Center in Parma’s capabilities in emergency, surgical and inpatient care were all contributing factors for seeking Level III Adult Trauma Center designation from the American College of Surgeons.

"We know that speed and experience matter when it comes to caring for people who have suffered a traumatic injury,” said Bernie Boulanger, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. “Based on the number of residents and businesses in the immediate area and surrounding community, the Parma facility is a prime location for a trauma center. As a Level III Adult Trauma Center, we will be able to reach more people, faster, when they need us most.”

“We have been providing trauma care to patients who live in and near Parma for decades,” said Jeff Claridge, MD, Trauma Medical Director. “We are happy and honored to be able to bring trauma and emergency surgical services closer to where they work, live and play.”

To receive a Level III Adult Trauma Center designation, a health care institution must be able to provide prompt assessment, resuscitation, surgery, intensive care and stabilization of injured patients and emergency operations. Level III Adult Trauma Centers include 24-hour immediate coverage by emergency medicine physicians and the prompt availability of general surgeons and anesthesiologists.

MetroHealth’s Medical Center in Parma is located at 12301 Snow Road.

MetroHealth is one of the first and longest-serving Adult Trauma Centers in the region. MetroHealth’s trauma team is nationally known for its skill and teamwork in providing life-saving medical care. That same level of expertise will be available at the Parma Medical Center with Level I Adult Trauma trained dual boarded surgeons/intensivists from MetroHealth’s Main Medical Campus, who will be providing full trauma coverage at MetroHealth Parma.

MetroHealth has been operating as a verified Adult Trauma Center since 1992, caring for approximately 6,000 trauma patients per year at the MetroHealth Medical Center on Main Campus.

In 2018, MetroHealth extended its trauma care expertise to Lorain and Huron counties when a unique partnership was established with Mercy Health in Lorain County and Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Huron County to operate Level III trauma centers.

To learn more about MetroHealth’s Adult and Pediatric Trauma Care, visit

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 broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 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% 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 Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

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

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