Friday, December 06, 2013
MetroHealth Physician Receives American Red Cross People’s Choice Award
(Cleveland) – MetroHealth physician Thomas Collins, MD, FACEP, Director, Emergency Services, and President, Medical Staff at The MetroHealth System received the People’s Choice Award at the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio’s 2013 Hero Award event Thursday.
Eleven people were honored with Hero Awards in early November by the American Red Cross. Community members then participated in an online, public vote, choosing one individual to be further recognized with the People’s Choice Award at the December 5 luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel.
“In my life, I find that I am truly blessed, being surrounded by heroes at MetroHealth (nurses, docs, social workers, therapists, support staff, pilots and flight crews, and admin team), my great EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and police in the City of Cleveland, our local Tactical Medics, and my incredible family,” said Dr. Collins. “Winning the People’s Choice Award is truly an honor.”
The Hero Awards are a Red Cross tradition, honoring individuals who have shown extraordinary courage, compassion and humanity by saving or improving lives.
Dr. Collins was selected for his unwavering dedication to the community through his practice and leadership in emergency medicine. He is an Emergency Department physician, a MetroHealth Emergency Flight Physician and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Collins provides medical oversight to the City of Cleveland as Medical Director for the Department of Public Safety. In all his capacities, he is connected to or accountable for the care of nearly a quarter of a million patients annually.
About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is a public health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 6,000 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at 16 community health centers. MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only Adult Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Burn Care Center. In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than one million patient visits in its hospital and community health centers.
MetroHealth is also an academic medical center 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.
MetroHealth’s mission is “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork." For more information, visit www.metrohealth.org.