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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 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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