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MetroHealth Receives $1 Million from Tech Entrepreneur To Assist with COVID-19 Preparedness

A $1 million gift from a Bay Village entrepreneur already has had a huge impact as The MetroHealth System prepares for an expected surge of patients admitted for treatment of COVID-19, the new coronavirus.

Shortly after the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a pandemic, Miguel Zubizarreta contacted MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, to ask what the health system needed.

Boutros told Zubizarreta, former Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Hyland Software, he needed to speak with with Justin Gallo, Vice President of Supply Chain Management. Gallo quickly detailed MetroHealth’s most pressing needs: ventilators, N95 respirator masks and other equipment and supplies to ensure that MetroHealth would be ready for an influx of patients in the coming weeks.

“This is an incredible windfall, at a time when we most need it,” Gallo said. Zubizarreta’s gift assures an ample supply of critical items, and it allows MetroHealth to concentrate on expanding available space for inpatient care, Gallo said.

This is not the first major gift Zubizarreta has made to MetroHealth. He and his wife, Denise donated $1.6 million for the design, construction and furnishing of the Zubizarreta House, which opened in 2017. The 7,000-square-foot house next to the MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center (OBC) is a fully accessible facility that is a second home for people with spinal cord injuries who travel to MetroHealth for research-related treatment and evaluation.

“For several years, Miguel has been such a strong and enthusiastic supporter of MetroHealth,” said Kate Brown, MetroHealth’s Chief Development Officer and President, The MetroHealth Foundation. “In ways that continue to amaze us, he fully embraces MetroHealth’s mission of providing excellent care for everyone. We are beyond appreciative of his immense generosity.”

Zubizarreta’s gift couldn’t come at a better time, Gallo said: “We are using this gift as efficiently and as effectively as we can. We’re making investments right now for the welfare of our caregivers on the front line, and to care for our community.”

Click here to learn more about Gallo's team's efforts to secure appropriate personal protective equipment.

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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