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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.”

About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit