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 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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.