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.
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.