Wednesday, October 02, 2013
MetroHealth Offers Insurance Benefits to Same Sex Domestic Partners
(Cleveland) –The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees has approved the provision of health insurance benefits to same sex domestic partners of employees and their immediate dependents. The benefits will begin on January 1, 2014.
Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of the MetroHealth System stated, “This is not a win for one people. This is a win for our organization. It’s about doing the right thing. This reflects our values of respect, inclusion and diversity, teamwork and being accountable for doing the right thing.”
Offering same sex partner health insurance benefits is consistent with other area healthcare organizations and several local government entities including Cuyahoga County, the City of Cleveland and the City of Cleveland Heights, as well as many state universities.
"I applaud The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees for approving this provision,” said Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County Executive. “This decision is really a decision in favor of equity and fairness. With the spirit and vision of their new leader, Dr. Boutros, The MetroHealth System continues to excel. I look forward to growing an even stronger partnership with him and the institution into the future.”
"Congratulations to The MetroHealth System for taking this important step forward," said Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of the City of Cleveland. "It’s further evidence of how Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are becoming more welcoming to our LGBT citizens as we get closer to Gay Games 9 arriving in Cleveland in 2014.”
More information will be available during the upcoming benefits open enrollment period.
About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is a comprehensive academic healthcare system which has served as the safety- net public hospital for Northeast Ohio for 176 years. MetroHealth has a nationally-renowned Level I trauma and burn center and an acclaimed critical-care transport program – Metro Life Flight. MetroHealth’s network of 17 health centers incorporates a patient-centered medical home team care approach to optimize patient outcomes through chronic disease management. MetroHealth is in the top 4 percent of hospitals in the U.S. that have achieved Magnet® recognition for a second time. Magnet® is the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence. Founded in 1837, MetroHealth has been a major affiliate of Case Western Reserve University since 1914, and all MetroHealth active physician staff hold faculty appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In the past year, MetroHealth provided one million inpatient and outpatient visits – with overall revenue of nearly $750 million. For more information on The MetroHealth System, visit www.MetroHealth.org.