MetroHealth Moves Autism Assessment Clinic to Parma
Parma - The MetroHealth System is moving its Autism Assessment Clinic (MAAC) from main campus to MetroHealth Parma Medical Center to meet the growing need for autism treatment and diagnostic services.
In Ohio, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders has doubled since 2000. National data suggest one in 54 children have an autism spectrum disorder. In Cuyahoga County, 42% of children who have behavioral or mental health diagnoses do not receive treatment.
The new site at the Parma Medical Center will allow the clinic to support an additional 398 appointments per month, increasing the capacity to 507 monthly appointments. To accommodate the expected increase in appointments and the growing need for care, MetroHealth has also hired additional employees.
MetroHealth will offer a variety of appointments including developmental assessments, neuropsychological evaluations from infancy to age 21, interdisciplinary autism diagnostic evaluations, speech-language evaluations for young children and teenagers, group counseling, feedback appointments and medical follow-ups. Autism evaluations for Hispanic patients whose primary language is Spanish are a particularly notable service offered as well.
Not only will this move decrease wait times for appointments, shifting visits from MetroHealth’s main campus to Parma will also support our transformation initiative. Significant donations to MAAC facilitated its expansion. A recent $250,000 gift from JoAnn and Bob Glick doubled the number of bilingual staff. The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation previously made a grant of $210,000 that allowed for the clinic’s initial expansion of bilingual staff and resources.
By continuing to develop MAAC, MetroHealth becomes the only hospital with a comprehensive developmental clinic on the West Side, the only Hispanic Autism Assessment Clinic in Ohio and the only multidisciplinary adult Autism diagnostic service in the area. Our goal is to continue to work toward providing the best care to vulnerable populations.
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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