More Than 4,000 Front-Line Staff Receive Raise After Unique Grant from The MetroHealth Foundation
The MetroHealth Foundation has authorized a special one-time grant to provide additional financial support during these unprecedented economic times to help cover The MetroHealth System’s cost of a proposed 2.25% salary increase for more than 4,000 front-line (non-union) staff for the last 12 pay periods of 2020.
The Foundation’s funding commitment will not dilute funds raised for MetroHealth’s $100 million Transformation Campaign.
“The MetroHealth employees are the most valuable assets of the institution. They are essential to the high-quality care that MetroHealth provides to the community, regardless of their ability to pay, during this historic health crisis,” said Brian M. O’Neill, Chair of The MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors.
“The Foundation recognizes that the pandemic has resulted in considerable demands on front-line healthcare workers and created significant financial stresses and strains on the daily lives of the System’s employees and their families, with some already experiencing unemployment in their households.”
“The way the MetroHealth family came together to provide care to our community during this COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered among our finest hours,” said Vanessa L. Whiting, Chair of The MetroHealth System’s Board of Trustees. “The board is grateful to the generosity and commitment of the MetroHealth Foundation.”
In addition to the health impacts, this pandemic has resulted in almost universal financial challenges for many companies and organizations – including many in the health care industry – that have been forced to reduce services, cut salaries or lay off employees.
Despite its own challenges, MetroHealth has remained committed to fulfilling every aspect of its mission to patients, the community, and employees. This includes protecting our caregivers’ health and jobs. It’s simply the right thing to do.
The 2.25% wage increase, effective June 28, will be awarded to front-line staff, excluding union members, as they have already received contractual increases in 2020 under their collective bargaining agreements. It excludes executives, researchers, and providers. The more than 4,000 individuals impacted by the raises includes nurses, and support workers.
“I am very proud of how the MetroHealth staff have cared for our patients, their families, our community and each other with grace and love. And they’ve done it while delivering meals to aging parents, home schooling young children and sequestering themselves from family and friends,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System. “This pandemic has also exposed the fragile financial health of many of our staff. We must do everything we can to assist them.”
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.