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, 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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