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, 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.