Cleveland, OH,
17
March
2020
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06:05 PM
America/New_York

MetroHealth's Helping Hand Fund Receives Generous Donations From Discount Drug Mart and Community

Since launching the Helping Hand Fund last Friday, MetroHealth has raised more than $13,000 to assist individuals under quarantine for COVID-19, or coronavirus.In addition,

Discount Drug Mart has given MetroHealth significant access to over-the-counter medications, goods and supplies for those who are now homebound. Earlier this year, MetroHealth and Discount Drug Mart expanded their partnership to offer unprecedented access to health care services from clinics inside more Discount Drug Mart stores in Ohio.

The MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ is coordinating efforts to provide food, supplies, and non-prescription medication and other assistance to people who have been directed to stay at home by their clinical provider. These efforts will continue, in collaboration with local service organizations, as available resources allow.

MetroHealth’s COVID-19 hotline – 440-59-COVID (440-592-6843) – can assist with requests for help.

Since many people in the community have expressed interest in volunteering to help individuals in need, the MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ is exploring ways they can do so without putting anyone’s health at risk. Those interested in volunteer opportunities are asked to check MetroHealth’s COVID-19 resource page later this week.

For additional information and on-line resources, including how to donate to the Helping Hand Fund, click here.

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% 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.