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MetroHealth Police Warn - Heads Up, Be Safe

​CLEVELAND - Our smartphones have become our lifeline to family, friends, work and the outside world. But that habit poses serious problems.

According to an article in Digital Trends, the average American spends 4.7 hours of their day on their smartphone. Some of that time we are walking or even driving, which is distracting and dangerous.

To promote a safer work experience, MetroHealth’s Department of Public Safety has launched a Heads Up campaign to encourage employees to put their phones down when they are walking, and be more alert of their surroundings.

They have proof from security footage that shows how important this is from a personal safety perspective. Take a close look at the video above to see just how important it was for one of our employees who avoided a potential carjacking by keeping her head up.

The challenge is on. When walking to and from our parking lots, the bus stop or however you get to work, put your phone down and your head up. While at MetroHealth, focus on our patients and each other when you are walking.What’s on your phone can wait. Heads Up! 

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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