Cleveland, OH,
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MetroHealth volunteers install smoke detectors in Clark-Fulton neighborhood

​Residents in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood are resting a little easier thanks to the efforts of MetroHealth volunteers, Cleveland firefighters, the American Red Cross and other volunteers.

More than 160 homes in the neighborhood were fitted with smoke detectors Saturday as part of the American Red Cross Sound the Alarm program.

At no cost to residents, volunteers installed the smoke detectors that come with extended wear batteries lasting up to 10 years. A total of 386 smoke detectors were installed by 90 volunteers. In addition to the detectors, residents received fire safety instruction.

Volunteers found many homes with inadequete protection including non-working smoke detectors, detectors without batteries or no detectors at all. This was among one of the most successful Sound the Alarm events for the American Red Cross.

Thank you to our team MetroHealth comprised of Rita Andolsen, John Campanelli (and his daughter), Brandy Kulak, Patricia Gallagher, Jackelyn Csank, and Salethia Coles. They installed the most detectors of all the volunteers -- 35!

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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 percent 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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