The MetroHealth System Releases Results of Community Health Needs Assessment
Study identifies Cuyahoga County’s most pressing health-related needs
The MetroHealth System released the results of its Community Health Needs Assessment, a study launched to better understand the health-related needs of Cuyahoga County residents. Based on the results of the study, MetroHealth has committed to focus on five priorities for its community engagement activities. Those areas are:
- Infant mortality
- The opioid epidemic
- Racial and ethnic disparities in chronic disease outcomes for patients
- Community building in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood
- Addressing community trauma in East Side neighborhoods
Working with the Center for Community Solutions, MetroHealth examined data on factors that influence health, overall health outcomes and unmet needs of the community. Conduent Healthy Communities Institute provided additional guidance and feedback.
The Community Engagement Committee of the MetroHealth Board of Trustees commissioned the study and led the effort to identify Cuyahoga County’s most pressing needs. Though MetroHealth already has several programs in place to address some of these needs, the study confirms those needs and points to others. MetroHealth plans to develop specific strategies to address the priorities and identify metrics to measure results.
To view the Community Health Needs Assessment, click here.
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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 percent 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.
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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.