Wednesday, January 08, 2014
MetroHealth Teams Up With CareSource to Fight Childhood Obesity
(Cleveland) – MetroHealth Medical Center and CareSource, a leading non-profit public sector managed care company, have entered into a two-year commitment to study and transform the treatment of obesity in children living in Cuyahoga County.
An estimated 17,688, or 40 percent, of this county-wide population met the criteria for being overweight or obese. These children are up to 63 percent more likely to become obese adults. The agreement between MetroHealth and CareSource aims to engage and coordinate care of this high-risk population to improve health outcomes and empower participants with lifelong health and wellness habits.
"We're very excited to partner with CareSource to identify and reach out to children and families battling obesity and offer them a comprehensive, unique obesity management and wellness program,” said Reema Gulati, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Medical Director of MetroHealth’s Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity Medical Care and Wellness Program.
The agreement will fund a team of pediatric-focused care providers including physicians, specialists, nurses, dietitians, dietetic technicians, behavioral specialists, fitness experts, care coordinators and social workers.
"CareSource is committed to helping these children achieve lifelong health and wellness skills, and we look forward to this very innovative collaboration with the MetroHealth Medical Center." said Senior Vice President, Health Services, Pamela Tropiano.
The goal is to enroll up to 600 CareSource insured children ages 5-18 years old in MetroHealth’s Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center (PWC). Participants will attend fitness, nutrition, cooking and gardening classes to establish healthy lifestyle habits.
“This program is possible because of the donor support of the PWC, which laid the groundwork to demonstrate that these unique services truly help youth and families engage in their health,” said Susie Akers, PWC Program Manager.
“Our vision is to not only help these children lose weight and improve their current and future health status, but also empower the entire family with health and wellness skills that can be passed on to future generations,” said Dr. Gulati.
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.