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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, 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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