Cleveland, OH,
04:05 PM

MetroHealth’s Brecksville and Parma Emergency Departments Recognized for Providing Superior Stroke Care

The MetroHealth System is proud to announce that the emergency departments at its facilities in Brecksville and Parma have been recognized for providing superior care for patients suffering from strokes.

The Joint Commission recently certified MetroHealth’s Brecksville and Parma emergency departments as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals. The Brecksville and Parma facilities are believed to be the only free-standing emergency departments in Northeast Ohio to attain this level of certification.

“We have put a lot of time and training into preparing for this to better serve the communities where we are located,” said Dr. Charles L. Emerman, chair of MetroHealth’s emergency medicine department. “This is care you cannot get an urgent care or another free-standing emergency department.”

The designation means both facilities have met rigid criteria designed by the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association. Both the Brecksville and Parma locations are now recognized for the level of initial care it provides stroke victims. The teams there can rapidly recognize the signs of stroke, diagnose a stroke and begin initial treatment.

This certification is an excellent addition to the high level of stroke services available at MetroHealth. MetroHealth’s Main Campus is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is the highest level of certification.

“We congratulate MetroHealth for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

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 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. 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 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 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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