MetroHealth’s Helping Hand Fund Meets Growing Demand For Emergency Supplies to People Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak
CLEVELAND – MetroHealth employees this week began making deliveries to the doorsteps of people who have been impacted by COVID-19. On Monday and Tuesday, more than 100 bags of food were delivered to households in the neighborhoods surrounding MetroHealth Medical Center.
The bags – filled with broccoli, zucchini and corn on the cob, along with soap and recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19 – were assembled at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank by the staff from the MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ and other employee volunteers.
One custom delivery even included a supply of diapers.
A driver with MetroHealth’s School Health Program was deployed to assist with the deliveries, which went to patients and community members who normally visit the monthly fresh produce distribution at the Outpatient Pavilion on main campus. Other bags were dropped off at MetroHealth’s Emergency Department and to patients who depend on MetroHealth vans for transportation to and from medical appointments and who are also regulars at the monthly fresh produce distribution.
The MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ is coordinating additional efforts to provide food, supplies, and non-prescription medication and other assistance to people whose clinical providers have directed them to stay at home, in quarantine. These efforts will continue, in collaboration with local service organizations, as resources allow.
MetroHealth’s Helping Hand Fund is accepting monetary donations for the purchase and delivery of needed supplies.
The dedicated MetroHealth support line at 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843) has been set up to field requests for help. Patients who are directed to stay at home under quarantine following the medical assessment over the phone will be referred to additional resources provided by the Helping Hand Fund.
“As demand increases, we might need to rely on other delivery services,” said Susan Fuehrer, President, Institute for H.O.P.E.™ “We’re looking at alternative delivery models that will allow us to respond to more people quickly.”
Patients can contact the MetroHealth Pharmacy at 216-957-6337 for delivery services for their prescription medications. CVS is also delivering prescriptions and patients should contact their local store.
For additional information and on-line resources, including how to donate to the Helping Hand Fund, visit http://www.metrohealth.org/covid19help.
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% and its number of employees by 21%. 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% 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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.