MetroHealth to open health center on Urban Community School campus in 2020

July 30, 2018

MetroHealth to open health center on Urban Community School campus in 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The MetroHealth System plans to build a community and school health center on the Urban Community School campus. 

Construction on the new clinic building, at 4909 Lorain Ave., will begin early next year, and the center is expected to open in 2020. 

The two organizations hope to improve access to healthcare for UCS students, faculty and their families, as well as the surrounding community, according to a press release. 

“We are thrilled to be partnering with MetroHealth to build what we believe will be an innovative and effective school-based health model. We also see ourselves as an anchor in the community and believe the overall impact on our community’s health is mission critical as well,” Tom Gill, UCS president, said in a prepared statement. 

Services will include primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health, a Hispanic Culture Health Clinic, as well as MetroExpressCare, new non-emergency room urgent care. The center also will offer nutritional consultation, legal support, food access, a Moms First program, a WIC office and a Reach Out and Read program. 

MetroHealth also will relocate part of its Family Medicine Department from its West 25th Street campus to the UCS clinic. 

MetroHealth will operate the clinic inside of the school during school hours, offering immunizations, screenings, same-day appointments and primary and behavioral health care, including services for children affected by trauma, according to the press release. The hospital system already offers its School Health program in 13 Cleveland Metropolitan School District locations.

“I am delighted the UCS Board and management have selected MetroHealth as their partner in this important endeavor. Their holistic focus on young people’s social, emotional, spiritual and physical development perfectly aligns with MetroHealth’s mission for the community. Together, we will create healthier neighbors and healthier neighborhoods,” Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of MetroHealth, said in a prepared statement. 

UCS, which was founded and is spnosored by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, annually serves about 600 students, from pre-school through eighth grade. 

This story is being updated. 

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