MetroHealth Plans To Open A Community Hospital In Parma.
The MetroHealth System is announcing plans to convert facilities in Cleveland Heights and Parma to community hospitals. The locations will focus on caring for patients who benefit from shorter hospital stays. The current medical office in Parma, located at 12301 Snow Road, has an emergency department and services including lab, pharmacy and radiology. The site will become a community hospital with the addition of 16 single-occupancy patient rooms. Patients requiring more intensive specialty care can access MetroHealth’s main hospital campus, which is less than 12 miles away.
With the addition of the community hospitals, 80 percent of residents in Cuyahoga County will be within a 15-minute drive of a MetroHealth hospital. Construction is set to be complete by the end of this year and the facilities in both communities ready for patients by January 2018. “Patients and their families want to be as close to home as possible when it comes to receiving medical care, especially when it comes to hospitalization. The support the patients receive from their friends and family in a familiar setting, helps their recuperation,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, president and CEO of MetroHealth.
The new hospitals will feature single-occupancy rooms, with ample space to accommodate family members. The units are designed to create a soothing atmosphere and includes floors which minimize noise and lighting to support a patient’s recovery. The esthetics will mirror the expanded Critical Care Pavilion, which opened in 2016. "MetroHealth is contributing to the growing health care economy in our city," said Timothy J. DeGeeter, mayor of Parma. "Our residents will benefit from having access to all levels of quality health care, without having to leave their community."
The announcement comes as the health system is undergoing a major campus transformation, with plans to build a new 12-story hospital tower on its main campus. The expansion into the community is part of MetroHealth’s strategy to keep its focus on what patients prefer – having access to all the levels of care they need, in their own communities.
The facilities in Cleveland Heights and Parma were formerly HealthSpan urgent care sites and medical offices. In 2015, MetroHealth entered into an agreement with HealthSpan to transition the sites into MetroHealth facilities, ensuring that all residents of those communities have around-the-clock access to emergency care, observation units and other specialty services. The emergency departments opened in February 2016, followed by medical offices in April 2016. The addition of single-occupancy patient rooms to these sites allows for a seamless transfer of a patient to the hospital setting, while remaining close to their homes.
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