Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The MetroHealth System to Receive $8 Million Increase in Cuyahoga County Funding
(Cleveland) - Cuyahoga County Council approved an $8 million increase in MetroHealth's funding, from $36.1 million to $40.08 million a year for 2014 and 2015. The 11-0 vote occurred in the regular meeting of the Cuyahoga County Council last night.
This is the first increase MetroHealth has received in its financial support from the County since 2006. The additional $4 million per year comes from a county-wide tax increase through the Health and Human Services Levy, which county voters passed on November 6.
The increased funding will allow MetroHealth to provide medical care to thousands of additional Cuyahoga County residents and improve the overall health of the County.
“These additional dollars will help us continue our mission of creating a healthier community,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of MetroHealth. “We are embarking on bold initiatives to improve the long-term health of Cuyahoga County while we continue our commitment to everyone who comes through our doors. I am very appreciative of the County’s support and their unanimous vote of confidence.”
MetroHealth is committed to serving the entire community while operating a fiscally sound health system. With this increase, funding from Cuyahoga County accounts for 5.4 percent of MetroHealth’s net patient revenue. By comparison, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital receives 37 percent of its revenue from county support, and the average local and state funding of the top 20 public hospitals in the nation is 21 percent.
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 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.
For more information, visit www.metrohealth.org.