Cleveland, OH,
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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 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.

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