MetroHealth Receives More than $900,000 to Support Victims of Trauma
CLEVELAND – The MetroHealth System’s nationally recognized Trauma Recovery Center has received $917,765 as part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s allocation of grants to organizations that support victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other trauma.
“This critical support offers us the continued opportunity to lead in the care that people deserve when they need it most,” said Sarah Hendrickson, Director of MetroHealth’s Center for Health Resilience and Trauma Recovery Center. “Advocating for our survivors is not possible without compassion and pathways. The Trauma Recovery Center at MetroHealth offers both.”
Over the next year, the funds will be used to expand the work of the Trauma Recovery Center, which provides victims of trauma with counseling, peer support and mentorship programs, care coordination, financial help and other resources.
“The organizations receiving these grants provide vital resources to families during one of the most difficult times of their lives,” Attorney General Dave Yost said. “It is important that every dollar go to support these victims and help them recover.”
The Trauma Recovery Center’s work took on a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hendrickson said, given the steady climb in domestic violence, child abuse and other crimes as people went into lockdown. MetroHealth’s trauma support services continued to operate throughout the pandemic.
“As people shuttered in their homes, they became more isolated. Many experienced financial ruin, food insecurity and other intense challenges,” Hendrickson said. “In many cases, COVID tipped the scales into violence and traumatization.”
The 2020-2021 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.
Since the Trauma Recovery Center’s launch, more 4,000 patients have been screened for trauma-related resources. In 2019, 375 counseling sessions were completed, and 419 individuals received referrals to community partners. In all, the center served 2,145 clients last year – 1,206 of those were victims of crime.
This year, the Trauma Recovery Center integrated into MetroHealth’s Institute for H.O.P.E.TM (Health, Opportunity, Partnership and Empowerment), which is focused on fixing the root causes of health problems, by removing obstacles and engaging community partners so more people can access what they need to help them grow, succeed and be healthier.
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 broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 8,000 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% 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 Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
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. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.