The MetroHealth System Becomes Majority Holder of VNA of Ohio
The MetroHealth System and Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio (VNA of Ohio), a member of the Holmdel, New Jersey-based Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNA Health Group), announced an expansion to its formal partnership as of January 1, 2022.
MetroHealth, a public hospital system located in Cleveland, has a long history of serving the community’s most vulnerable patients – a commitment shared by VNA of Ohio. MetroHealth will take on a majority governance role in the VNA of Ohio and its home health and hospice with a goal of expanding its existing services for those in need. With the new joint venture in place, both organizations will be able to leverage services to provide better access to home health services for patients through innovative models of care and shared programming around quality improvement.
"This partnership allows us to grow our innovative Hospital in the Home program and make it accessible to the entire region," said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “The VNA and MetroHealth share a history and commitment to serving our community, and this partnership will ensure and enhance that commitment.”
VNA of Ohio, a nonprofit organization, is one of Ohio’s largest home health, hospice, and mental healthcare service providers throughout 11 counties in northeastern Ohio. The organization has been providing critical health care to the greater community for 120 years.
"We feel strongly that in order for our home health and hospice operations to succeed, we need to grow and partner with organizations that share our values,” said Steven Landers, MD, MPH, President and CEO of VNA Health Group. “We continue to find ways to enhance our services to those in need and are excited to work with such an incredible organization with a strong, long-standing reputation."
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 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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.
About VNA Health Group
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group is the largest independent, nonprofit provider of home-based health services in New Jersey and northeast Ohio. Founded over 107 years ago with a mission to care for the community, today VNA Health Group helps individuals and families achieve their best level of health and well-being by providing high quality, compassionate home health, hospice, palliative and community-based care and offers private-pay personal care services. A full range of primary care services are available through the VNACJ Community Health Centers. Currently, VNA Health Group employs nearly 2,500 people and cares for over 150,000 individuals and families annually with a special focus on vulnerable populations such as children, older adults and those with serious and disabling chronic illness. For more information about VNA Health Group and the VNAHG Foundation please call 800.862.3330, visit www.vnahg.org and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VNAHealthGroup or @VNAHealthGroup.