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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.

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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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