Wednesday, November 06, 2013
MetroHealth Launches First School-based Health Center
(Cleveland) – MetroHealth will open its first school-based health center, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with local officials, at Mound-STEM School, 5935 Ackley Road, at noon on November 6. MetroHealth at Mound-STEM offers primary care to children who are at risk of not receiving care due to lack of access. With parent/guardian consent, MetroHealth medical professionals care for children at school during school hours.
The program is offered Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dr. Christine Alexander, Interim Chair of Family Medicine at MetroHealth, will provide medical care, as will a MetroHealth RN and the school nurse, both of whom will also coordinate appointments. In addition to primary and preventive health care including routine check-ups and immunizations, the MetroHealth program will help manage chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, and offer referrals for additional services including behavioral health. MetroHealth plans to expand the centers to as many as 20 CMSD schools in the next two years.
“I am excited to do something that takes medicine back to the people - meeting them where they are rather than having them navigate through a big medical system,” said Dr. Alexander.
MetroHealth’s school-based health center program is funded by grants from the Third Federal Savings & Loan Foundation, The Eaton Corporation Charitable Fund and individual donors. Third Federal Savings & Loan donated $100,000 to MetroHealth. Seventy-five thousand dollars will help support the current pilot program, and the remaining $25,000 will go to the early childhood literacy program at MetroHealth’s nearby Broadway Health Center. The $30,000 grant from The Eaton Corporation will provide for equipment and supplies.
“We are grateful to our MetroHealth partners for creating a student-based health center to improve the health and wellness of our students at Mound,” said Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. “The generosity and foresight of MetroHealth, Third Federal and Eaton Corporation highlight the positive correlation between good school performance and good health, and is sure to make a difference for our students this year.”
“We are committed to improving literacy levels and school performance,” said Kurt Karakul, Executive Director of the Third Federal Foundation. “Research indicates that literacy and increased school performance are tied to good health, and we continue to seek opportunities to improve education, health and wellness for the children of Slavic Village, and also improve school performance.”
“In our view, MetroHealth’s school initiative is vital for student success,” said Don McGrath, Senior Vice President of Communications at Eaton Corporation. “We know that many CMSD students are currently not receiving consistent health care. Where better to help maintain their health than in their schools?”
“It’s the right thing for MetroHealth to take on the responsibility of helping Cleveland’s children access primary care and begin to turn around the poor health outcomes we see across the city,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of MetroHealth. “I am thrilled that we are partnering with Eric and his team to help make these children healthier and thus, more successful.”
About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is a public health system committed to providing health care to all residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 6,000 employees deliver care to all at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at 16 regional health centers. MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Comprehensive Burn Care Center. In the past year, MetroHealth provided over one million patient visits in its hospital and regional health centers.
MetroHealth is an academic medical system committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top seven percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.
For more information, visit www.metrohealth.org.