Cleveland, OH,
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MetroHealth Partners with Cleveland Food Bank to Distribute Turkeys, Food to Those in Need

Statement from Dr. Akram Boutros from MetroHealth on Vimeo.

Cleveland - The MetroHealth System partnered with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to distribute more than 3,000 turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving.

MetroHealth volunteers on Thursday distributed 1,500 frozen turkeys at the Buckeye Health Center and the Family Ministry Center, near MetroHealth’s Main Campus, as well as bags of food provided by the Food Bank.

MetroHealth made a monetary donation to the Food Bank for another 1,600 turkeys, which were given away as part of the Food Bank’s weekly food distribution at the Cleveland Municipal Parking Lot.

“Even in a challenging year, MetroHealth has much to be thankful for, including amazing employees who work every day to help our community,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We know that stress and not having enough healthy food are among the factors that make people sick. We are proud to partner with the Food Bank to help make Thanksgiving a little easier for thousands of families.”

“In this critical time of need for so many hungry families, it is encouraging to see an organization like MetroHealth step up to serve thousands of hungry people in our community,” said Kristin Warzocha, president and CEO, Greater Cleveland Food Bank. “We are proud to partner with MetroHealth to ensure everyone in our community has the nutritious food they need to thrive.”

The public is reminded that they should reconsider and scale back their Thanksgiving plans this year, including limiting their dinners to people in their immediate bubble.

MetroHealth has partnered with the Food Bank to distribute Turkeys around Thanksgiving since 2018.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Click here to download Dr. Boutros' statement.

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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