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Prescription for Hope
24 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
This is Really What It's About
The toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on our relationships is something that doesn’t get talked about enough. And we are witnessing a mental-health crisis as a result. MetroHealth’s Dr. Robert L. Smith – aka “Dr. Bob” – joins us again to offer his trademark voice of comfort and kindness as he shares his thoughts on COVID’s damage to our relationships and how the pandemic just might be the opportunity we all need to focus on love.
8 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
Welcome to Moms House
The caregivers in MetroHealth’s Mother and Children Dependency Program have always had a wish: a place, a home – with a “mother hen” – where new moms struggling with substance-use disorder could stay to continue their recovery and healing while also caring for their newborns. … Well, sometimes wishes do come true. … This is an UPDATE of an episode from Season 1 titled “I Feel Like a Monster.” Listen to that episode here: https://soundcloud.com/metrohealth/4-i-feel-like-a-monster
11 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
The Ministers Have a Message
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, it’s been rigorously tested, and it works – really, really well. Still, some people may be hesitant to receive it. To build trust within the community, MetroHealth invited faith leaders from around Greater Cleveland to come in, roll up their sleeves and set a lifesaving example for their flocks. Check out a video version of this extraordinary event here: https://vimeo.com/500569138
17 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
"What a Beautiful Day to Start Vaccinating People"
The vaccine has arrived, the vaccinations have begun and the prescription for hope is finally being filled. Join us for an up-close look at the historic Wednesday when MetroHealth took the first steps in the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
13 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
"At the Precipice"
If all goes according to plan, we are just days away from the arrival of a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Amy Ray, MetroHealth’s Medical Director of Infection Prevention, leads the system’s Vaccine Preparedness Committee, which has been planning for the arrival of a vaccine for months. She shares some of those plans, some important info on the shots and her thoughts on this historic – and hopeful – moment.
27 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Facing Winter and the Third Wave
We are exhausted. Caregivers – and everyone else – have been dealing with the coronavirus pandemic for nine long months. We’re not only tired, we’re facing a frightening third wave of COVID-19 infections and a long winter ahead. MetroHealth’s Dr. Robert L. Smith, aka “Dr. Bob,” the caregiver for the caregivers, joins us to provide guidance on how to approach the coming days with hope, gratitude and optimism.
19 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
COVID is Collective Trauma
For the first time in our lifetimes, a crisis has affected every person, every family, every street, town, school, church and business in America. It’s important to label the impact of COVID-19 for what it is: trauma. All of us, individually and collectively, have been traumatized by the coronavirus pandemic. Katie Kurtz, Community Resilience Educator with MetroHealth’s Center for Health Resilience, joins us to explain the collective trauma of COVID-19 and how we can heal and find resilience in days to come.
32 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
A Coronavirus Conversation with the CEO
More than four months after the crazy, early days of the coronavirus crisis, MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros looks back and takes stock on what we learned, what we did right, some potential regrets, some silver linings, how we plan to help distribute a vaccine, what we fear going forward and how we are going to continue battling racism and health-care injustice.
16 minutes | Jul 21, 2020
Mind the Care Gaps
The coronavirus crisis put non-urgent health care on hold. Screenings, elective surgeries, tests, well visits and vaccinations were all delayed to keep people from spreading the virus. But the missed, avoided and postponed appointments have created a different potential public health crisis. Dr. Bernie Boulanger, MetroHealth’s Chief Clinical Officer, joined us to discuss “care gaps” and how MetroHealth is trying to close them.
22 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Fighting Two Pandemics: COVID-19 and Racism
How do you lead an HR department, responsible for 8,000 employees and thousands of front-line workers, through the worst public-health crisis in memory? How do you push a 183-year-old public health system to face, fight and reverse society’s systemic racism and injustice? Just ask Alan Nevel, MetroHealth’s Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity and Human Resources Officer. He’s doing both jobs … at the same time. Watch the video referenced in this episode here: https://vimeo.com/433983547/772b9a3c56
26 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
"We Would Be Crippled" - Preventing a COVID Tragedy at the County Jail
Eight of the nation’s top 10 COVID-19 outbreaks have been in jails or prisons. And back in early March, the beleaguered and chronically overcrowded Cuyahoga County Jail seemed to be the perfect petri dish for infection. But thanks to quick action, teamwork and compassion, the jail avoided a coronavirus catastrophe and became a national model for inmate care during the pandemic. Here’s how it happened.
20 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Caring for Adolescents During the Crisis
Dr. Margaret Stager, MetroHealth’s Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, talks about caring for teens and young adults during the coronavirus lockdown and afterward.
17 minutes | May 20, 2020
A Hospital Chaplain in the Time of COVID-19
The coronavirus has changed how hospital chaplains do their jobs, but the job itself remains the same: provide emotional and spiritual support to patients and staff, when they need it most. MetroHealth’s Jim Kulma, supervisor of pastoral care, gives us an emotional behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to be a hospital chaplain in the time of COVID-19.
9 minutes | May 7, 2020
Caring for the Homeless During COVID-19
How do you stay at home if you don’t have one? How do you shelter in place when your only place is a shelter? We follow MetroHealth family medicine Drs. Kelly Manger, Rahul Shenoy and Michael Seidman as they crisscross the city to screen homeless members of our community for COVID-19.
20 minutes | May 4, 2020
An ER Doc Gets COVID-19
Dr. Dan Kinker is a second-year resident in emergency medicine. In mid-March, he developed a cough and discovered he had COVID-19. He shares his experience and how things in the MetroHealth Emergency Department have changed since the arrival of the coronavirus.
14 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Coming Clean About How We Clean
The small army that keeps every part of a hospital clean – the doorknobs, the elevator buttons, the bathrooms, the patient rooms – they are so much more than sweepers, moppers and wipers. They are healers. MetroHealth Environmental Services Aide Janice Longcoy and Director of Environmental Services and Logistics Thomas Jones share with us how our housekeepers are winning the war against the coronavirus.
8 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Don’t Throw Away That Mask
By reimagining technology that was designed to fight a potential Ebola epidemic, MetroHealth is now able to sterilize up to 50,000 N95 and KN95 medical face masks a day. Dr. Amy Ray, Medical Director of Infection Prevention, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how it’s done.
5 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
A bonus episode for the weekend: The generosity of the community has overwhelmed us. Here's a quick thank you from a few of us for just a small amount of the kindness Greater Cleveland has shown us during the coronavirus crisis. Gracias.
18 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
The Institute for HOPE
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed, rather starkly, a critical fact: Good health depends on a whole lot more than good medical care. COVID-19 has magnified the social determinants of health and the decades-long disparities in well-being in our society. MetroHealth’s Institute for HOPE is out to change that. Institute President Sue Fuehrer sits down with Director of Community Engagement Rita Andolsen to discuss how the Institute is serving the community during the crisis.
12 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Let's Follow A COVID-19 Test
Quality Technical Specialist Alana Clampitt, who helps oversee the immunology lab at MetroHealth Medical Center, lets us follow a coronavirus test, from swab to results, while giving us a behind-the-scenes look at how the system is testing for COVID-19 in-house, with results in about two hours.
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