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MetroHealth Recognizes National Trauma Month

The American Trauma Society focuses on the dangers of distracted driving

Cleveland – Distracted driving is a problem every Ohio county faces and as the state begins to reopen, The MetroHealth System is committed to protecting our neighbors from preventable injuries.

May is National Trauma Month and MetroHealth’s Level I Trauma Center, along with the American Trauma Society, is focused on informing drivers of the dangers of visual, manual and cognitive distraction.

Texting while driving is dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction. When you send or read a text message, you take your eyes off the road for about five seconds, that’s long enough to cover the length of a football field while driving at 55 mph.

This year, the ATS has chosen “Distracted to Death: Pay Attention or Pay the Price” to draw attention to the many distractions we face on the road, in our homes or at work.

Year to date in 2020, Cuyahoga County has already seen more distracted driving violations than last year during the same time. Along with the law, MetroHealth physicians believe drivers can decrease the likelihood of an accident by replacing complacency with awareness.

“Many will be eager to venture out and resume previous routines as the warmer weather approaches,” said Carol Kaminoski, Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator. “One routine that many may not want to resume is multi-tasking and distraction.”

What we know is that trauma is predictable and preventable. Throughout the month, MetroHealth will be posting on social media and sending out tips to remain safe and stay focused leading up to National Trauma Survivors Day on May 20.

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 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.

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