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Thank you to every one of our generous donors.  Your support funds dozens of MetroHealth programs that make Northeast Ohio and its residents healthier every day.


2014 News

The Hershey Foundation in Concord Township has donated $10,000 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit's Safety After Discharge Project. The gift will provide car seats to the parents of infants born at MetroHealth to ensure the babies travel home safely.

MetroHealth has received $60,000 from the Honor Project, which disperses unclaimed money from class-action lawsuits to worthy charitable causes. Most of the gift, $50,000, goes to MetroHealth’s Mother and Child Dependency Program, which helps opiate-addicted mothers and their newborn babies. The remaining $10,000 will help the MetroHealth Friends of Mothers and Babies. That program provides clothing and other necessities to new moms on Cleveland’s west side. The Honor Project is spearheaded by Judge John J. Russo of Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court and Pat Perotti and Barbara Marlowe from the law firm of Dworken and Bernstein.

Chuck Gile, owner of Motorcars Honda and Toyota in Cleveland Heights, and his family raised more than $80,000 for Metrohealth’s Brain Injury Unit at the Motorcars Invitational Golf Tournament at Barrington Golf Club in Aurora on Aug. 4. Chuck recovered in MetroHealth’s Brain Injury Unit in 2011 after a life-threatening fall.

Once again, the sisters of Delta Delta Delta’s Cleveland West Side Alumnae Chapter used their annual Bridge-A-Rama and Fashion Show to raise money for MetroHealth’s Child Life Patient, Education and Research Fund. This year’s $10,000 donation brings the group’s total contribution to MetroHealth to more than $1 million.

The Saint Luke’s Foundation has completed its 10-year, $10 million pledge with its final $1 million payment to MetroHealth’s Closing the Gap program. Closing the Gap provides residents of the Buckeye and surrounding neighborhoods with the knowledge, support and resources they need to improve their health by managing their diabetes, asthma, allergies, obesity and other chronic conditions. The Saint Luke’s grant made it possible for doctors, nurses, nutritionists and others to deliver innovative education programs, offer exercise and smoking cessation classes, teach healthy cooking and create walking clubs. Because of this funding more than 12,000 people have attended Closing the Gap programs, many of which are now offered by MetroHealth at 18 locations.

The AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) has again selected MetroHealth as a host agency in the AFC/AIDS United AmeriCorps program for 2014-2015 year. An AmeriCorps service member will spend a year working with MetroHealth’s Compass Services team to provide education, resources and support services that improve the care of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative provided $44,000 to support MetroHealth’s Boot Camp for New Dads, which seeks to strengthen families by encouraging fathers to play a more active role in nurturing and raising their children.

The Alcoa Foundation donated $25,000 to MetroHealth’s BREAST/Amigas program, which offers free mammograms and breast exams to uninsured women at schools, churches and rec centers in Cleveland neighborhoods.

MetroHealth N.E.T., MetroHealth’s Council for Emerging Professionals, raised $7,600 for the MetroHealth Medical Home for Children in Foster Care at its volleyball tournament on Sunday July 27. More than 150 people on 22 teams competed in Raising the Nets for MetroHealth at Cleveland’s Whiskey Island.

United Way of Greater Cleveland has awarded a grant of $75,000 to MetroHealth's school health program, which is bringing doctors and nurse practitioners to students in the Cleveland public schools so they can receive health care without missing classes and their parents losing work. The grant will support a bilingual care coordinator to help students navigate the health care system and integrate the care they receive at school with the care they receive at other health centers.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has donated $10,000 to MetroHealth’s Brain Injury Patient Care, Education and Research Fund. The donation matches a $10,000 gift that Motorcars Toyota in Cleveland Heights gave to the brain injury fund earlier this year.

The Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust has given MetroHealth a $1 million challenge grant to help refine electrical devices that allow patients who’ve been paralyzed to move again. The money will go to the MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, part of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center, which is working toward FDA approval of the electrical devices so they can be offered to all patients who need them. To receive the $1 million match from the Lennon Trust, The MetroHealth Foundation must raise $250,000 a year for each of the next four years. To donate, click here.

For the 49th year in a row, the Cleveland West Side Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta held its Bridge-A-Rama to raise money for burn and pediatric patients at MetroHealth. This year’s bridge tournament and annual fashion show, held June 1 at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River, brought in $15,000.

The Howard Hanna Children's Free Care Fund made a $12,500 donation to MetroHealth’s Child Life and Education Program. The Free Care Fund has supported Child Life every year since 2009. This year’s donation will pay for books, dolls, DVDs and other items that comfort children during their hospital stays.

MetroHealth’s school-based health program has received a grant of $29,400 from the Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation of The Cleveland Foundation. The school-based health program, which sends MetroHealth doctors and nurse practitioners into Cleveland public schools, started in October and is up and running in two schools. It will expand to nine more this fall.

Greg Moody, director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, and Tracy Plouck, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, came to MetroHealth on May 19 to award the hospital system a $395,170 Maternal Opiate Medical Support (MOMS) grant. The grant will help MetroHealth and other area agencies improve health outcomes and reduce costs associated with babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The program will offer Subutex treatment services to at least 125 opiate-dependent pregnant women as part of a multidisciplinary care plan that holistically addresses the needs of these mothers and their newborns. It will, for example, support the coordination of their care and provide childbirth education as well as services such as transportation and day care, which often prevent women from getting the care they need.

As its last official action, MetroHealth's Nursing School Alumni Association donated $30,700 to the hospital system and designated the majority of its donation, $30,000, for MetroHealth's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The remainder of the alumni association's donation will go to MetroHealth's Harold H. Brittingham Memorial Library and the Pastoral Care Department. The association folded this year when President Ruth Curry, 89, (Class of '48) and Treasurer Antoinette Leahey-Sawyers, 90, (Class of '46) retired after decades of service to the organization. MetroHealth's nursing school closed in 1996.

MetroHealth opened its second school-based health center at Lincoln-West High School in March with a $125,000 grant from the George Gund Foundation. This is the second physician-staffed, school-based health center MetroHealth has opened with help from donors. And the Gund grant will help us serve a third school later this year.

The Saint Luke’s Foundation has given MetroHealth $245,443 to sustain and grow the HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) Initiative in the Buckeye/Larchmere/Woodland Hills neighborhood. Community Can! will provide ongoing support for current HEAL Advisory Council activities and expand community engagement efforts to one more Cleveland community. Over the last two years, more than 1,800 residents of Buckeye/Larchmere/Woodland Hills have connected with HEAL activities, which include community gardens, exercise and cooking classes, marked walking paths and fitness hubs.

MetroHealth’s BREAST/Amigas Program will continue providing breast cancer screenings, survivor support and other services to Cleveland’s underserved community with a $117,195 grant from Susan G. Komen Northeast Ohio.   Komen Northeast Ohio has supported the BREAST/ Amigas Program since 2005, helping educate more than 30,000 women and screen more than 5,300 women.

Motorcars Honda and Motorcars Toyota in Cleveland Heights donated $10,000 to MetroHealth’s Brain Injury Patient Care, Education and Research Fund. MetroHealth’s comprehensive Brain Injury Program offers inpatient rehabilitation that helps patients regain function, live independently and return to work or school.

For the second year in a row, the March of Dimes has given MetroHealth a gift of $35,000 to improve the health of opiate-addicted pregnant women and their babies. This year’s grant allows MetroHealth to continue the Mother and Child Dependency Program it began in 2013, an outreach service that fosters the March of Dimes’ goal of providing health education, information and other help to pregnant women who use alcohol or drugs.

The Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation has awarded MetroHealth $29,500 to purchase a pediatric human patient simulator called PediaSim, a child-size mannequin that responds to medical procedures the way a 7-year-old would. PediaSim will allow MetroHealth medical staff to learn sophisticated new skills in the treatment of children; practice procedures while receiving immediate, realistic feedback; and prepare to treat children with rare, high-risk injuries and diseases.  Past donations from the Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation have helped MetroHealth purchase adult and infant patient simulators.

This year’s Houser Family Fundraiser, hosted by Kevin and Kristen Houser, raised more than $10,000 for MetroHealth’s Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center. Proceeds from the event, held March 7 at Hooley House in Westlake, allow the Pediatric Wellness Center to continue its mission of helping children and teens build healthy relationships with food and exercise so they can grow into confident adults free from chronic disease. If you’re interested in hosting a similar event to raise money for the Pediatric Wellness Center or any other program at MetroHealth, contact Jessica Cartagena at 216-778-7525 or jcartagena@metrohealth.org.

Thank you to the generous donors who helped MetroHealth reach its goal of raising $125,000 toward the purchase of a new Metro Life Flight Ground Medical Intensive Care Unit. Leading contributors include ArcelorMittal, $10,000; the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, $25,000; Darice, Inc.; Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., $25,000; Epic; the Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation, $10,000; and the Sherwick Fund of the Cleveland Foundation, $25,000. The ground unit transports critically ill and injured patients when Life Flight aircraft can’t be dispatched – during heavy snowstorms, for example, or in urban areas that don’t have enough landing space. The new unit, which will be delivered this summer, will be outfitted with a ventilator, portable ultrasound machine, IV pumps and other equipment that allow for faster treatment.

2013 News

Up to 600 children and teens between 5 and 18 years old will participate in fitness, nutrition, cooking and gardening classes at MetroHealth’s Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center through a partnership between MetroHealth and the nonprofit health insurance company CareSource. The classes are part of a two-year study aimed at transforming the treatment of obesity in Cuyahoga County children, an estimated 40 percent of whom are overweight or obese. The program would not have been possible without donations from dozens of MetroHealth supporters who fund the Pediatric Wellness Center and the research that helps young people and their parents adopt healthy habits and overcome obesity.

The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund of the Cleveland Foundation has given $25,000 to MetroHealth’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The Steffee Family donation will help MetroHealth buy tiny cribettes that allow the NICU staff to provide better, more comforting care to the hundreds of premature babies born here every year.

Dr. John and Linda Chae contributed $15,000 to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Patient Care, Education and Research fund. This fund supports patient care, medical education, scientific and clinical research and the recruitment of key personnel in physical medicine and rehabilitation at MetroHealth.

Official Ribbon-cutting on November 6, 2013 to Launch MetroHealth’s First School-based Health Center. Pilot program opens at Mound-STEM School in Cleveland’s Slavic Village. (PDF) 

Elk & Elk Co., LPA had donated $25,000 toward the purchase of new Metro Life Flight Ground Medical Intensive Care Unit. A vital component of Metro Life Flight, the Ground Medical Intensive Care Unit transports critically ill and injured adults, children, newborn and premature babies on a daily basis. The new Unit will have enhanced safety standards and improved equipment to help facilitate critical patient care.

Ellena and James Muraco have made a generous gift to MetroHealth’s Cancer Care Healing Garden. This garden will provide will provide a calming, healing atmosphere to compliment MetroHealth top-quality medical care. 

The Delta, Delta, Delta Cleveland West Side Alumnae have provided nearly $15,000 to MetroHealth. The alumnae’s generous gifts were directed to MetroHealth’s Child Life program, the Richard B. Fratianne, MD Professorship in Surgery and MetroHealth’s Burn Unit. The group has been a loyal supporter of MetroHealth since 1994.

The Alcoa Foundation made a $20,000 grant to support MetroHealth’s BREAST/Amigas Unidas Program, a community outreach effort that works to improve the breast health of uninsured and underinsured minorities.

Dr. John and Linda Chae contributed $15,000 to the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Patient Care, Education and Research fund. This fund supports patient care, medical education, scientific and clinical research and the recruitment of key personnel in physical medicine and rehabilitation at MetroHealth. 

Fifth Annual Hyland Software HY-5 (5K Run, 1-Mile Walk) Raises $57,000 for MetroHealth (PDF) 

The American Cancer Society and Walmart Foundation provided $40,000 to the BREAST/Amigas Unidas Program. Their funding will allow the program to offer an additional community screening and incorporate the importance of healthy eating and good nutrition into both education and outreach. 

The Woodruff Foundation awarded $200,000 to MetroHealth, in partnership with Murtis Taylor, Recovery Resources and the Cuyahoga County Correctional Center, to provide inmates upon their release with integrated primary care and behavioral health services. The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is also supporting this project with a grant of $125,500.

The Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation has made a $25,400 grant to support the Cleveland Hispanic Adolescent Health Initiative. This initiative is under the direction of MetroHealth physician, Dr. Maria Herran, and will provide support for a Spanish-speaking social worker to assist with patient navigation, social issues and ensuring continued connection to care. 

The AIDS Funding Collaborative selected MetroHealth as a host agency for their AIDS United AmeriCorps Program. MetroHealth’s Compass Services Program welcomes an AmeriCorps volunteer for 11 months of service to work with staff to enhance outreach, testing and follow-up care for HIV-positive young adults.

The Third Federal Foundation has made a $100,000 grant to support both MetroHealth’s School Based Health initiative at the Cleveland Municipal School District’s Mound STEM School and an early childhood literacy initiative at the MetroHealth’s Broadway Health Center.   

The MetroHealth Foundation receives $25,000 grant from The Thomas H. White Foundation to support a workforce development project for Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school students (PDF) 

The MetroHealth Foundation receives Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation grant of $150,000 for the Comprehensive Breast Center at West 150th (PDF) 

Eaton Corporation awards $30,000 grant to support MetroHealth school based health program (PDF)  

 $30,000 gift from Boston Scientific supports electrophysiology fellowship program in Cardiology (PDF) 

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Donates $11,200 to MetroHealth Programs for Children (PDF) 

The MetroHealth Foundation Receives March of Dimes Grant for MetroHealth Mother and Child Dependency Program (PDF) 

2012 News

November Family Makes $1.5 Million Gift to MetroHealth; New site to be named MetroHealth Middleburg Heights November Family Health Center

MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors makes unprecedented $1.3 million+ donation to MetroHealth; Board also elects new officers

David Kaelber, MD, Receives Grant to Improve Immunization in Teen (PDF)

MetroHealth Foundation Raises $10.8 Million in a Record-breaking 2011 (PDF)

Currents named MetroHealth's Champions Ball one of its "Best Benefits of 2011."  View the article and the ad thanking our Champions Ball sponsors.

2011 News

The Giant Eagle Foundation Supports Pediatric Wellness (PDF)

The MetroHealth Foundation Names New Board Members (PDF)
Champions Ball Kicks Off MetroHealth's 175th Anniversary (PDF)View print media coverage of The Champions Ball in The Plain Dealer , MD NewsCurrents and the Cleveland Jewish News.

Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center Opens at MetroHealth Medical Center (PDF)
Dr. Rosenbaum Appointed Rakita Moss Professor of Cardiology (PDF)MetroHealth Receives Komen Power of a Partner Award (PDF)

MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors Names 2011-2012 Officers (PDF)

Edwin D. Northrup II Fund Grant Will Prevent Vision Loss in Children (PDF)

Komen’s Extraordinary Support of MetroHealth Continues (PDF)

Music Therapy Eases Patients' Pain

Kindergarten Class Raises Funds to Help Patients to Read (PDF)

MetroHealth Foundation Sees Record-Setting 2010 Giving (PDF)

MetroHealth System finishes 2010 with third consecutive surplus, Foundation exceeds fundraising goal (PDF)

Kaiser Funding to Support Early Detection of Pediatric Hypertension (PDF)

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