Oct 08, 2022
On behalf of Councilwoman Jasmin Santana, Council President Blaine A. Griffin attended the ribbon-cutting for MetroHealth’s Glick Center. The Glick Center is MetroHealth’s state-of-the Main Campus hospital, and will officially open in November 2022. The facility is named in honor of local philanthropists JoAnn & Bob Glick who made a significant donation to the building costs.
Dignitaries at the event included MetroHealth CEO Dr. Akram Boutros, County Executive Armond Budish, Mayor Justin M. Bibb, MetroHealth Board Chair Vanessa Whiting, and MetroHealth 32-year board member Bill Gasko. Incoming MetroHealth CEO Dr. Airica Steed also attended.
The ribbon-cutting for the Glick Center included the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s All-City Jazz Band entertaining the nearly 100 people in attendance. MetroHealth also recruited local food trucks to provide food to community members who attended the post-ribbon cutting festivities.
MetroHealth made a concerted effort to include minority-owned, female-owned, and small businesses in the Glick Center’s construction. The Hospital spent $145 million with small businesses, $130 million to diverse businesses, $57 million to female-owned businesses, $70 million to minority-owned businesses, and $25 million to Hispanic-owned businesses. Nearly 20% of the construction work was done by Cleveland residents.
Councilwoman Santana has built strong relationships with MetroHealth leadership over the years to improve social determinants of health in Clark-Fulton, ward 14, and beyond. MetroHealth is committed to addressing the social determinants of health. The Glick Center is the largest financial evidence of their investment – but they have done so much more. In addition to the opening of the Glick Center, MetroHealth is building a 12-acre urban park for the community’s benefit between Scranton & West 25th Street, providing more affordable housing with their Via Sana Apartments near the hospital’s campus, and opening more community-based clinics throughout Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.