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MetroHealth Serves Community with Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Provides Thanksgiving Turkeys to Families in Need

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The MetroHealth System and The Greater Cleveland Food Bank put feet to its mission for Thanksgiving, donating turkeys to families who are in need.

The one-day, drive-thru turkey giveaway is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, while supplies last. Staff and volunteers will hand out turkeys at two locations:

  • MetroHealth Main Campus – 2500 MetroHealth Dr.
  • MetroHealth Buckeye Health Center –  2816 E 116th St.

Each location has a specific number of turkeys that will be given away, so they distribution is on a first come, first served basis. Families are limited to one turkey per car.

As prices continue to increase for essentials and groceries, MetroHealth and the Food Bank realize the need is greater than ever.

“Even in a challenging year, MetroHealth has much to be thankful for, including amazing employees who work every day to help our community,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We know that stress and not having enough healthy food are among the factors that make people sick. We are proud to partner with the Food Bank to help make Thanksgiving a little easier for thousands of families.”

Last year, MetroHealth distributed more than 3,000 turkeys, helping families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. The partnership with the Food Bank to distribute turkeys started in 2018.

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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