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MetroHealth Recognized For Work Addressing Cleveland's Lead Crisis

MetroHealth Lead Coalition

The Ohio Patient Safety Institute recognized MetroHealth for its pioneering work to address the lead crisis in Greater Cleveland. The institute recently awarded MetroHealth with its Preventative Care Best Practice Award, which recognizes innovative programs designed improve patient safety.
With Greater Cleveland’s only dedicated pediatric lead clinic, MetroHealth has a long history of addressing lead exposure in the community. But over the last two years, MetroHealth has expanded its efforts to screen as many pediatric patients as possible for elevated lead levels – work that included making it easier than ever for families to have their children tested.
MetroHealth’s caregivers, for example, started collecting blood samples during routine pediatric well visits rather than asking families to wait in line at a lab or return later for a blood draw. Children with elevated lead levels are at risk for serious health issues including delayed development, learning and behavioral issues, inattention, hyperactivity, irritability and more.
MetroHealth’s pediatric lead nurse ensures all patients with elevated levels and their caregivers are notified of test results and connected with the appropriate provider for follow-up care. A community health worker also connects patients with resources that can assist with any sorts of lead abatement work. Click here to learn more about this ongoing work.
The Ohio Patient Safety Institute is a subsidiary of the Ohio Health Council, which was founded by The Ohio Hospital Association, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Osteopathic Association. To learn more about the awards, click here.

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 throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, three-quarters 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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