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New affiliation between CWRU’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and The MetroHealth System expands research, education opportunities for students


A new affiliation between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and The MetroHealth System will give students at the university’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing greater educational, clinical and research opportunities.

Under the new affiliation agreement, CWRU nursing students will train and conduct research at MetroHealth’s main hospital on West 25th Street in Cleveland.

Specifically, the affiliation will align training experiences for CWRU undergraduate and advanced practice nursing students with clinical experts across specialty areas throughout MetroHealth.

“This is good for basic practice, this is good for public health and this is good for science that informs practice,” said Mary Terhaar, associate dean of academic affairs at the Case Western Reserve School of Nursing. “This is a true academic-practice partnership that will be better for not only teaching, but for patient care.”

MetroHealth’s Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Kline will serve as an associate dean for clinical affairs at the CWRU nursing school. She will oversee the clinical component of the academic activities for the school within the hospital system, according to the affiliation agreement.

“The Case Western Reserve School of Nursing is an excellent partner and we look forward to our continued relationship with them to train the nurses of tomorrow,” said Kline. “The collaboration provides excellent opportunities for our future leaders in health care.”

The agreement will provide for specific types of faculty designation for nurses at MetroHealth who actively participate in collaborative training, education, and research with CWRU students and faculty. The two institutions also will explore future opportunities for collaboration.

CWRU and MetroHealth have long maintained an affiliation through CWRU’s School of Medicine and other health-related schools and centers within the university. The most recent was a new affiliation with the Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in late 2017.

“All of that shows that, as an institution, we’re moving forward in meaningful ways with an interprofessional education model,” Terhaar said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 percent 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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