Preventing a COVID Tragedy at the County Jail
Eight of the nation’s top 10 COVID-19 outbreaks have been in jails or prisons. And back in early March, the chronically overcrowded Cuyahoga County Jail seemed to be the perfect petri dish for infection.
But thanks to quick action, teamwork and compassion, the jail avoided a coronavirus catastrophe and became a national model for inmate care during the pandemic. Here’s how it happened.
In addition to the video below, you can learn more about these efforts in the latest episode of our "Prescription for Hope" podcast. The podcast is available on podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and more. Listeners can also access it on their smart speaker or via the web at soundcloud.com/metrohealth.
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.