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Sauce the City Cleveland Partners with Austin Hooper to Feed MetroHealth Employees

New Browns tight end recognizing employee commitment to mission and community

Cleveland, OH – One of Austin Hooper’s first moves off the field will be a heartfelt thanks to the men and women at The MetroHealth System who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After catching wind of the “Feed the Nurses Challenge” spearheaded by local entrepreneur, Victor Searcy owner of Sauce the City Cleveland, Hooper, who recently joined the Cleveland Browns, is donating $10,000, to expand the program. Sauce the City Cleveland will provide 1,000 of their famous Cleveland Hot Chicken Sandwiches during lunch on Wednesday May 20 at the hospital’s main campus cafeteria. 

“I’m learning a lot about Cleveland lately and MetroHealth really stands out as a place that is dedicated to caring for the community it serves and committed to addressing the factors that adversely impact health, Hooper said. This is a way to honor these people who are finding solutions to address the disparities that are impacting people’s wellbeing. What better way to say thank you than partnering with Sauce the City Cleveland to serve up “Cleveland’s Best Chicken Sandwich."

After facing their own setbacks, Sauce the City Cleveland recently reopened for service inside their original home in the Galley Building in Ohio City on 1400 W. 25th Street for takeout and delivery. Chef Vick is grateful Hooper is supporting a locally owned minority business that’s been financially impacted during recent weeks.

“What this young man is doing to support hospital employees and support a local business says a great deal about the role he will play as he comes into this city as the newest member of the Cleveland Browns, said Searcy. He gets it. He sees the need and is generously stepping up to give back.” 

“This is a tremendous boost to the 'Feed the Nurses Challenge,' which paired donors and local restaurants via social media to provide lunch for local health care workers battling COVID-19 on the front lines,” said Searcy.

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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