MetroHealth Receives $600K to Support Survivors of Trauma
The MetroHealth System’s nationally recognized Trauma Recovery Center has received $600,218 as part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s latest allocation of grants to organizations that support victims of gun violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other trauma.
“The lingering effects of trauma can grow in isolation, and this funding ensures that survivors continue to have access to dedicated professionals and services on their journey of healing,” said Megen Simpson, Manager, Trauma Recovery Center. “The continued support of our work is a reflection of our team’s commitment to building a more resilient community.”
The Trauma Recovery Center offers victims of trauma care coordination, coaching, peer support, mentorship programs, financial assistance and other resources.
The center’s services continued uninterrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the need for the center’s services only grew over the last year given the steady increase in domestic violence, child abuse and other crimes.
In 2020, the Trauma Recovery Center made 4,599 direct contacts with survivors – a 17% increase over the previous year. In all, the team served 2,127 unique clients in 2020 – 60% of whom were victims of physical assault or gun violence.
“Violence increased across the spectrum over the course of the pandemic, and the need for compassionate individuals to hear survivors and offer encouragement, advocacy and support has never been greater,” Simpson said. “Our team at MetroHealth understands that true healing depends on so much more than expert medical care.”
The 2021-2022 award was made possible through grants from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund – the same fund that provided start-up funding for the Trauma Recovery Center in 2017. VOCA funds are allocated by the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
The Trauma Recovery Center is a service of the Center for Health Resilience through MetroHealth’s Institute for H.O.P.E.™. The Institute for H.O.P.E.™ was created to identify, address and eliminate barriers to care and to tackle the root causes of health disparities in our community.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.