Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM
Nearly 300 people gathered in Middleburg Heights Thursday to celebrate Metrohealth System's completion of a $23 million dollar health center. Ideastream's Sarah Jane Tribble reports it's one of several new health facilities Metrohealth hopes to open in the suburbs.
Outside the sparkling new November Family Health Center, MetroHealth leaders, donors and local politicians cut ribbons and toasted the future growth of Cuyahoga County’s publicly-supported health system this week.
County Council President C. Ellen Connelly told the crowd that she would like to see a MetroHealth facility in “each part of the county.”
“MetroHealth Missions includes providing health care to all regardless of the ability to pay and the need for MetroHealth high quality is growing. So we are pleased to support the expansion of MetroHealth here in Middleburg Heights and throughout the county,” Connelly says.
Metrohealth is already planning another new health center in Brecksville. That project is slated to be as big as the 57,000 square foot Middleburg Heights center, which fully opens at the end of July.
But MetroHealth’s new Chief Executive Dr. Akram Boutros says the health system won’t just build new health centers. It’s also planning new ways to reach out to patients.
“Our mission statement began with ‘We are an academic medical center.’ It began talking about us. Our new mission statement talks about the individuals we are here to serve, the individuals and the community at large,” Boutros says.
Within two months, MetroHealth plans to place staff at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center to offer basic health services to employees and, eventually, people passing through. Boutros envisions placing doctors and nurses at other busy places such as corporate headquarters and high schools.
The future, he says, is to serve residents where they are and not make them come to you.
MetroHealth plans to celebrate the new Middleburg Heights facility with an open house for the public Saturday, July 13. Here’s the invite.
Take a look at MetroHealth System’s plans in Brecksville. Review the board’s April 1, 2013 request for proposal and it’s April 11, 2013 addendum. MetroHealth Spokeswoman Tina Arundel says there is currently no schedule for the Brecksville/Broadview Heights location opening and the land is not yet under development. “The Middleburg project took 14 months from approval to opening, so we would expect a similar time line” for how long construction will take in Brecksville, Arundel wrote in an e-mail.
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