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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 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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