March 5, 2024

MetroHealth Classes No. 1 in Ohio for Contributions to Community Health

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The MetroHealth System is recognized by the nonpartisan Lown Institute for its generous contribution to the health and well-being of the community, receiving an “A” grade in community service and ranking first out of 140 hospitals in Ohio and among the top 2% of nearly 3,800 hospitals nationally. MetroHealth also earned an “A” grade on Lown’s comprehensive social responsibility metric, reflecting the health system’s strong performance in the areas of health equity, patient outcomes and value of care.

Community benefit performance on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospital Index is based on hospital spending on financial assistance, Medicaid’s share of patient net income and spending on other investments that directly benefit the community, including health clinics, preventive health services and food . security.

“At MetroHealth, we are steadfast in our commitment to improving the health and wealth of the communities we serve,” said MetroHealth President & CEO Airica Steed, Ed.D, RN, MBA, FACHE. “Every day, we’re laser-focused on reducing the death gap, ending health care disparities and giving the people we serve the best chance at a happy, healthy life. This recognition from the Lown Institute is a testament to that work.”

“When hospitals invest heavily in public health, our nation grows stronger,” said Vikas Saini, MD, President of the Lown Institute. “That’s why it’s so important to build these high-performing hospitals as examples for others to follow.”

MetroHealth caregivers understand that public health depends on so much more than traditional medical care. Some of these efforts include:

  • Through their HOPE™ Institute, they screen patients for their health-related social needs – things like access to food, safe housing, transportation, employment opportunities and the like – and then connect them with local community agencies that can provide the necessary support . The HOPE™ Institute also manages the MetroHealth Food as Medicine program, which helps patients improve nutrition as part of medical treatment, and works with other community organizations throughout the region to provide housing assistance, financial counseling, digital literacy training, social services navigation to offer. help and more.
  • Partnership with Cleveland City School District to open Lincoln-West School of Science and Health, the only high school in the country within a hospital. Since then, MetroHealth employees have supported and encouraged dozens of students by hosting interns, serving as guest speakers for classroom presentations, mentors and more. The School of Science and Health graduation rate was over 90% for all five graduating classes. US Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra recently visited the school and raised it as a model that should be replicated throughout the country.
  • Partner with NRP Group to open Vía Sana, a mixed-use development off West 25th Street designed to improve the physical and economic health of people living in the community near MetroHealth’s Main Campus. In addition to apartments, Vía Sana – which means “healthy way” in Spanish – will house the MetroHealth Opportunity Center, which will offer job training, financial and digital literacy training and access to Cuyahoga Community College classes.
  • Host Multicultural Health Fairs and Expos throughout Greater Cleveland for women, men and children. These events are designed to increase access to care and address the health disparities experienced by minority communities. The next event – ​​the Multicultural Women’s Health Fair & Expo – will take place on Saturday, September 30, at the Huntington Convention Center in Cleveland. This effort is a direct response to Cleveland being named the least livable city for Black women.

In the Lown Institute Hospital Index, MetroHealth earned A grades in the following areas: comprehensiveness, cost-effectiveness, clinical outcomes and avoidance of overuse. In the avoid overuse category, MetroHealth ranked second in the state at 39th national. This category measures the hospital’s success in avoiding inappropriate tests and procedures that provide little or no clinical benefit.

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