MetroHealth continues expansion

Zoe Greszler • Oct 11, 2018 at 10:00 PM

LORAIN — The MetroHealth System and Mercy Health Lorain Hospital are partnering to bring a Level III trauma center to the residents of Lorain County, a move Norwalk’s Fisher-Titus Medical Center also announced this week.

As part of this partnership, a MetroHealth team that includes physician and operational leadership will begin to co-manage the trauma program at Fisher-Titus starting this fall. Early in 2019, specialized trauma surgeons will begin working in coordination with Fisher-Titus physicians and staff to provide trauma care for patients.

MetroHealth’s partnership with Mercy Health is the first time that the more than 300,000 residents within Lorain County’s limits have had access to trauma expertise in their home county, much like Huron County.

The new trauma center will be located at Mercy Health Lorain Hospital on Kolbe Road and will be based upon MetroHealth’s nationally recognized trauma program. Upon approval, MetroHealth trauma surgeons will rotate at Mercy Health Lorain to provide 24/7 trauma care. In addition, a medical director and trauma coordinator will provide oversight for the day-to-day operations of the center.

MetroHealth will provide training and education for Lorain nurses and other staff to build upon Mercy’s high-quality, compassionate care model for patients with traumatic injuries.

“This partnership will allow expert trauma care to be available for those living in Lorain County that has before, never been offered,” said Dr. Gil Palmer, chief medical officer for Mercy Health – Lorain. “At Mercy, we are always looking at ways to adapt and respond to the needs of the families we serve. There was a gap in the county where a trauma program would fit and now, we have worked to bring one to life.”

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Another first-place award was for a new category, innovation in travel marketing. The winning entry was a first-time marketing campaign utilizing Amazon Alexa to share information about weekly happenings in the region. 

Lake Erie Shores & Islands also won the Citation of Excellence in the same category for its innovative 2017 annual report presentation, which included both a printed piece and accompanying video.

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