Metrohealth Transformation

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:56.
Metrohealth Transformation
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I am being trolled by someone who posted to the Steven Litt Metrohealth article - the troll's  comments (assuming it is guy) and a very thoughtful response by someone who apparently works in the hospital have just been removed (at 4:25 a.m.). The person with experience working in a hospital (I have also worked in a hospital) noted the architectural review of the Parkland hospital that "inspires" the most recent Metrohealth design


 @LauraMcShaneCLE - you’re a librarian. What do you know about a hospital design and construction project? Walter Jones has built some of the best hospital projects in the country.

  • 5 hours ago
Reply to @Bryn78: 

The picture you posted is of the Parkland Hospital where Mr. Jones was the Senior VP of Facilities Development, overseeing the 11 year development of their new hospital. 

You can see a review of the Parkland Hospital here: 

There are similar design features in both hospitals as there is a cantilever structure present, long walks, and lots of glass. If you want a preview of the new hospital, look at Parkland. 

While it's nice to talk about how a hospital looks, I am more interested in how it works. Does the new hospital make it easier or harder for a patient to get the care they need? Does it help the staff do their job or make it harder? Will the design save money to make care affordable, or will MetroHealth have to continue those high facility fees? Those questions were not answered by the presentation, though some of the design features suggest difficulties to come... 

If you look at picture 10 of the interior design of the new hospital, you will see the west-facing entryway doors and the southeast facing doors on the other side. When both of these doorways are open, the wind thru that area should be amazing to behold and a problem for cleaning staff. The west-facing entryway will be hit hard by winds and snow coming from the west. 

Another is how patients get transferred from the 3rd and 4th floors of the Critical Care wing to regular rooms (or the other way) in the new hospital as there are no connecting structures between the two buildings. 

There is more I could offer. Instead, I ask,"With what you see offered, how do you see it working?"


  • LauraMcShaneCLE
Reply to @Somethoughts: thank you - I worked at Metrohealth as a PFT and then as a data manager for a lung health study. The towers at Metrohealth were designed to prevent the forgotten,and neglected end-of-the-ward patient. Long corridors do not make a good service model for hospitals. There are issues w/the design most recently presented that pose very real concerns regarding the delivery of services that include landing a helicopter. 

I may be a woman with an opinion (god forbid) - but I have lived and worked here for over twenty years and I know the population served by Metrohealth. I am attaching the early drawings for the campus. It was a promising start that has really devolved. This most recent design as a "hospital within a park" campus fails to take into consideration solar heating, snow, wind gusts, power needs, hazardous materials generated by hospitals/disposal and w/respect to wildlife - introducing more groundhogs, skunks, raccoons, geese, raptors and deer (there is a resident herd at nearby Riverside Cemetery). I had to use the Internet archive to retrieve this earlier image of a campus design that made more sens






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The vision for MetroHealth is about creating a campus that connects with the surrounding
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MetroHealth Campus Update- Glick Family

Setting trends and taking care of people has been the fabric of their lives. Bob is the founder, former CEO and Chairman of Dots, LLC, a national specialty women’s apparel chain offering fast fashion at exceptional prices. At the time of its sale in 2011, Dots operated 430 stores in 28 states and employed more than 5,000 people. Bob has been inducted into the Kent State University School of Fashion Design and Merchandising’s Hall of Fame and serves on the boards of the Cleveland Foundation, University Hospital’s Ahuja Medical Center and Alliance Solutions Group. He is also a member of the Activant Capital advisory board.

“Cleveland is our home, and our philanthropy is a way of giving back and saying ‘thank you’ to the residents who shopped in our stores and who worked in our stores, our office, and our distribution center,” Bob said. “We appreciate all that they did.”

JoAnn is a registered nurse and has been a very active volunteer in the community. She is currently on the board of ideastream and serves on the advisory committee for Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Advocating for others is a natural extension of her community involvement.


As a local resident and long-time volunteer at MetroHealth, I am so grateful for the contributions made by JoAnn and Bob Glick.  Their benevolence has helped MetroHealth define a new service model in partnership with Unite Us

Unite Us uses community asset mapping to support individuals and families in need of assistance.  Unite Us will give the locally bloated United Way model a run for its money.  GOOD.  United Way is a disaster.  


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The Treu-Mart Fund, a supporting organization of both the Cleveland Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, has given a $31,500 grant award for the Students Are Free to Express (SAFE) Project.

The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation has given a $15,000 grant to support the SAFE Project.

HOTT Associates has made a $125,000 to support the Institute for H.O.P.E.™

The Giant Eagle Foundation has made a $100,000 contribution to the Transformation Fund.

Sherwin-Williams has made a generous donation to support MetroHealth’s pediatric lead clinic, mobile outreach clinics and other resources to help combat elevated blood lead levels in children.

The Ohio Arts Council has provided its support to the Students Are Free to Express (SAFE) Project at Lincoln West School of Science and Health at MetroHealth with a $13,558 grant.

The Ohio Department of Health has given a $48,690 grant to support MetroHealth’s School Health Program’s prevention programming for sexually transmitted infections. The grant will help the school health team build an Epic dashboard report that the they will use to proactively connect with and provide care to high school students. 

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation is supporting MetroHealth’s Nurse Family Partnership program and the construction of the new NICU in the Women’s and Children’s Pavilion with a $1 million gift. 

Thank you to Medical Mutual of Ohio for its second gift of $500,000 gift in the past year to support the Transformation Fund. The combined gifts are the company’s largest commitment to MetroHealth.

Thank you to The Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Foundation, which has given a $10,000 grant to the MetroHealth Institute for H.O.P.E.™ to support the COVID-19 Hotline.

The Bruening Foundation has given $18,500 to support MetroHealth’s Daddy Boot Camp.

MetroHealth has received $48,690 from the Ohio Department of Health to support the School Health Program’s prevention programming for sexually transmitted infections. 

The fifth annual Resiliency Run, held May 22-23, 2021, raised more than $4,500 for the John A. Gannon Trauma Center and the Comprehensive Burn Care Center at MetroHealth. Thank you to the 191 people who supported this year’s virtual 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk. The Resiliency Run has raised more than $14,400 since its inception. A special thank you goes out to event sponsors Mark Kalina Jr. Foundation, Cleveland Crunch and Building Laborers’ Local 310.

Thank you to Bank of America, which has awarded MetroHealth a $200,000 grant to support the areas of greatest need for the Institute for H.O.P.E.™

The Charles M. and Karen Jaffe Chaikin Donor Advised Fund has given $200,000 to the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ for the creation and management of the Anita Chaikin Band Aid Fund. The fund will assist eligible patients on a case-by-case basis with living expenses and other immediate non-medical short-term needs.

Thank you to Howard Hanna Real Estate Services for its $25,275 donation to support MetroHealth’s Child Life and Education Program and the Aamoth Family Pediatric Wellness Center. Since 2009, Howard Hanna’s Northeast Ohio branch locations have hosted their own fundraising events and have raised more than $225,000 for MetroHealth. Nationally, the real estate company’s Children's Free Care Fund provides free care at children’s hospitals and related programs and activities.

Thank you to our many donors who have supported MetroHealth’s COVID-19 response with in-kind gifts and donations. Learn more about their impact here.

A $200,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation is supporting the participation of MetroHealth’s School Health Program in a four-school integrated health care pilot. MetroHealth has been selected to deliver services at two Say Yes schools – John Adams High School and Mary M. Bethune School (pre-K-8).

The Farver Needleman Charitable Fund has given $12,000 to the Building for the Future Fund and the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Gap Fund.

The Lakeside Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to support The MetroHealth Fund.

Thank you to the following companies for their generous support of MetroHealth’s Building for the Future Fund:

  • MetroHealth Medical Staff
  • KeyBank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • A.M. Higley Company
  • Equity Trust
  • Tucker Ellis LLP
  • Bank of America
  • Clearstead Advisors LLC
  • Maloney + Novotny
  • Thompson Hine LLP
  • Bricker & Eckler LLP
  • Cleveland State University
  • Zashin & Rich Co., LPA

The Murphy Family Foundation has made a $10,000 gift to support the expansion of the Food as Medicine program at the Ohio City Health Center. 

US Communication and Electric, Inc. has redirected the first of three $10,000 presenting sponsorship payments for the annual John A. Gannon Memorial Golf Tournament (canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) to support the Colonel Thomas C. McNeal Trauma Professorship in Trauma, Critical Care, Acute Care Surgery and Burns.

The John Patrick Carey Foundation has given a $10,000 gift to MetroHealth to go toward the John Patrick Carey Pediatric Research Fund, which was established in 2019.

MetroHealth has received $10,000 from the Harry K. Fox and Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation to support the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program. Since 1990 the Fox Foundation has provided support to MetroHealth, with cumulative giving of $237,000.

The FirstEnergy Foundation has selected the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ to receive a one-time grant of $250,000 through its “Investing with Purpose” program. The grant will support MetroHealth’s COVID-19 response and social justice, race, equity and inclusion programming. 

The John P. Murphy Foundation awarded a grant of $175,000 over three years to Building for the Future.

The Callahan Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to support the MetroHealth Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

The Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund has awarded a $20,000 grant that will be used to purchase a secure digital forensic imaging (SDFI) camera system for MetroHealth’s SANE team. The equipment will enable SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurses to better document evidence with higher resolution photographs that are used in court to tell victims’/patients’ stories.

PNC has awarded MetroHealth’s Institute for H.O.P.E.™ a $75,000 Digital Connectivity Initiative grant. The funding supports the Tri-C Access Center at MetroHealth and the Tri- C Access Center partnership with underwriting for the offering of three courses in Digital Literacy, Workforce Success & Career Readiness and a Google IT Support Professional Certification to MetroHealth employees and the community.

Three Arches Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant for the hiring of a community health worker to initiate patient outreach and provide health care coordination services for MetroHealth’s School Health Program.

The Institute for H.O.P.E.™ Calls for HOPE volunteer program has received early support from two organizations. Cigna has approved a $25,000 business development grant. Baldwin Wallace University’s Jacket Philanthropy Program awarded a $5,000 grant to help with the program’s start-up costs. Created over the summer, the program provides regular social phone conversations to patients who are experiencing social isolation.

Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion program has awarded a $20,000 grant to support bringing an international artist to work in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood for roughly three months. The artist will engage with community members around civic awareness and civic engagement.

Bank of America has awarded two grants totaling $125,000 to the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ to support its home delivery service program, which is delivering food and other essential items to patients who have been impacted by COVID-19. The most recent grant will be used for the lease of a van for the home delivery program as well as to support the salary of a new position that would navigate and refer residents to community-based organizations for social service needs.

The Sam J. Frankino Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to support the MetroHealth Autism Assessment Clinic.

Thank you to UnitedHealthcare, whose three-year, $500,000 partnership with MetroHealth will help expand two programs addressing social determinants of health for underserved populations in the greater Cleveland area.

The collaboration expands initiatives targeted at high-risk pregnant mothers and medically complex patient populations. Both programs – Mom & Baby Bundle and Red Carpet Care – provide or connect participants to wrap-around services such as housing support and food assistance, as well as financial and employment resources to improve health outcomes.

MetroHealth and UnitedHealthcare will collaborate to design and test effective care management strategies based on program findings, which will have a direct impact on many of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicaid members in the Cleveland area.

The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation has awarded a three-year, $375,000 Deep Impact Grant for MetroHealth’s Nurse-Family Partnership Program.

Epic has made a $43,000 gift in support of MetroHealth’s Nurse-Family Partnership program.

The Sherwin-Williams Foundation has given a $10,000 grant supporting the School Health Program services at Halle School.

MetroHealth has received a $650,000 gift from an anonymous donor. $500,000 of the gift has been directed to continue supporting our front-line caregivers through the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining portion of the gift will allow the Department of Arts in Health to continue providing art therapy delivered by board certified art therapists.

Thank you to Medical Mutual of Ohio for its recent $500,000 gift to MetroHealth’s Building for the Future Fund.

MetroHealth has been awarded $615,000 from the Ohio Department of Health’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for continued support of the Nurse-Family Partnership Program, now serving 400 low-income, first-time moms.

Gilead has awarded a $295,383 grant to MetroHealth’s Infectious Disease team for continued support of the FOCUS on Cleveland, a system-wide screening program for HIV/Hepatitis C that also includes the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center, the only jail in the state providing routine HIV/HCV screening.


The Clark Family Foundation has made a $250,000 gift that will be used to establish a unique space on the Pediatric floor of the new hospital for sensory-challenged children. The therapeutic, multi-sensory room will be a place where a child can engage with and respond to a variety of sensory experiences such as touch, sound, visual, spatial awareness, and motion.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has awarded two grants to Dr. Joan Papp, Director of the Office of Opioid Safety. A grant of more than $96,000 will be used to provide technical assistance on delivering Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Emergency Department to hospitals across Ohio. And a nearly $33,000 grant will support a nurse practitioner in the ED to provide MAT to patients with substance use disorder.

Thank you to the Northeast Ohio Society of Fire Protection Engineers whose annual golf outing in August raised $3,160 for MetroHealth's Comprehensive Burn Care Center.

The Saint Luke’s Foundation has given $10,000 to MetroHealth’s Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership and Empowerment), in honor of the foundation’s departing president, Anne Goodman.

Thank you to Hyland in Westlake for its continued support of MetroHealth. After having to cancel the Hy-5: Hyland 5K Run, which has supported MetroHealth for 11 years, Hyland held a virtual walk for employees, who collectively raised more than $4,000 for the MetroHealth Transformation. 


Thank you to Delta Delta Delta Cleveland Alumnae Chapter, whose Mad for Metro fundraising event in March raised $13,000 for MetroHealth's Child Life Patient Care, Education and Research Fund and the Comprehensive Burn Care Center.

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Hospital in the park was always a dumb idea - I blame the board -then and now.

Current members:

Current Board Members

Inajo Davis Chappell

Inajo Davis Chappell

Appointed: 2021 (Term Ends: March 2027)

Background: Inajo is a retired law partner with the form of Ulmer & Berne LLP (now known as UBGreensfelder). Having chaired her law firm’s Nonprofit Practice Group and served on a variety of nonprofit community boards for many years, in retirement Ms. Chappell remains active and engaged in civic and community life in Northeast Ohio. Inajo serves as a board member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the MetroHealth Hospital System, Chair of the Board of Directors of Say YES Cleveland Scholarship, Inc., and board member of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. 


John Corlett

John Corlett - Secretary 

Appointed: 2022 (Term Ends: March 2026)

Background: Corlett’s career has included leadership roles in both the public and private sectors, including serving as the State of Ohio’s Medicaid Director. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Centers for Families and Children, First Year Cleveland, Lakewood Community Service Society, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, and the Woodruff Foundation. 


Maureen Dee

Maureen Dee

Appointed: 2014 (Term Ends: March 2024)

Education: Master’s degree in social services administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Master's in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.

Background:   As a Licensed Supervising Social Worker (LISW-S - Ohio) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor and Supervisor (LICDC-CS,) she has extensive experience in Behavioral Health Administration and in the provision of mental health and chemical dependency treatment services to children, youth, adults, and their families, in community-based settings.   


Sharon Dumas

Sharon Dumas

Appointed: 2024 (Term Ends: March 2029)

Education: Master’s degree in accounting and financial information systems Cleveland State University

Background:  Dumas’s career has included leadership roles in boteh the public and private sector for more than 40 years.  She retired from the City of Cleveland in January 2022; where she served as Director of Finance from 2006-2021 and additional Interim Chief of Staff for the Jackson Administration in 2017-2021.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Ohio Sewer District.


Ronald Dziedzicki

Ronald Dziedzicki

Appointed: 2024 (Term Ends: March 2029)

Education: MSS, United States Army War College, MBA John Carroll University, BS in Nursing, Ursuline College.

Background: Mr. Dziedzicki currently serves as an Independent Consultant.  Dziedzicki has a career spanning over forty years devoted exclusively to leadership and health care.  He retired as the Chief Operating Officer of University Hospitals-Cleveland Medical Center and University Hospitals Physician Services in 2019.  Mr. Dziedzicki retired as a Major General from the United States Army Reserve in 2016 after 32 years of service to the Nation.


John Moss

John M. Moss

Appointed: 2010 (Term Ends: March 2028)

Employment: Moss has been a Financial Advisor since 1992, and currently serves as Senior Vice President with UBS Financial Services.

Education: Bachelor's degree in history from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, 1983; MBA in finance from the University of Akron, 1987.

Background: He served on the MetroHealth Foundation Board, Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Municipal School District, and Vice President of the Board of Cleveland Public Library.   John and is wife, Karen, have resided in the Tremont neighborhood since 1989, and are the proud parents of their daughter who is a third-year medical student at the University of Toledo.


E. Harry Walker, MD

E. Harry Walker, MD - Chair

Appointed: 2021 (Term Ends: March 2025)

Education: Bachelor's degree, Williams College, 1971; M.D., University of Cincinnati Medical School, 1975.

Background: Dr. Walker spent his 32-year career at MetroHealth and retired as the system’s Senior Vice President for ambulatory operations. In his practice, he specialized in internal medicine and led MetroHealth’s primary care department for over 15 years. 


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