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MetroHealth patients get free turkeys for Thanksgiving

One hundred MetroHealth patients left the hospital campus Friday with something they weren't planning on: a free turkey!

The turkeys were donated to MetroHealth by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA), who joined in to help distribute them. Akram Boutros, MD, President and CEO, also joined the social work team to hand out the birds.

The turkeys were a welcome pre-Thanksgiving gift, as evidenced by the smiles on the recipients' faces in the pictures above. 

Thanks to the WRAAA for thinking about our patients, and for our social workers who stepped up to the plate on short notice to help out. 

Our friends at the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging put together a video collage of the giveaway:

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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 percent 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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