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January 14, 2019

Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth Expand Collaboration to Include Critical Care Transportation

Brent W. Burkey, MDTo continue to enhance trauma and critical care services in north central Ohio, Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth are expanding critical care transportation services, according to Brent W. Burkey, MD, president, Fisher-Titus.

“Ensuring patients receive the highest quality care before arriving at a hospital means better outcomes and faster recovery for patients. Serving the needs of our patients, right here where they live, is very important to us.” said Dr. Burkey. “In October, we entered into a collaboration with the MetroHealth system, a top provider for trauma and burn care in Ohio, to bring skilled trauma care to our hospital. It’s only natural to expand our trauma plans to include key partnerships within our transport service to further evolve our critical care offering into the pre-hospital environment.”

To better serve the region, Fisher-Titus and MetroHealth will be collaborating on several key initiatives including medical direction of North Central EMS and the operation of ground critical care services.

MetroHealth is now serving as the Medical Director of Fisher-Titus’ North Central EMS service, a 911 and EMS transport service in Huron and surrounding counties. In this role, MetroHealth will oversee protocols and processes for patient care, as well as quality and continual education for North Central EMS staff.

“MetroHealth is committed to the North Central Ohio region,” said Bernard Boulanger, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer. “It’s a natural fit to expand our relationship in this way and expand our care to include the pre-hospital setting.”

In addition, Metro Life Flight has begun operations of ground critical care transportation for the region. The Metro Life Flight ground critical ambulance care unit is staffed by MetroHealth critical care crews, and will be servicing Huron County and local hospitals. This partnership represents an expansion of ground services, which MetroHealth currently operates in Cuyahoga county.

The first week of January brought change to critical care air transport, as well. Utah-based Guardian Flight, stationed at Milan for the past year, withdrew its air critical care transport helicopter operating in the region. Local critical care air transport providers, including Metro Life Flight helicopters, will provide expanded support to the region.

“This change opens an opportunity to look at our relationships with other top air transport providers to ensure our community and region is getting the best possible critical air transport services,” said Dr. Burkey. “We are looking forward to working together with area hospitals to enhance this service.”

About Fisher-Titus
Fisher-Titus is an independent not-for profit community health system dedicated to the health and wellness of the greater Huron County area. The Fisher-Titus health system provides the area’s 70,000 residents a full continuum of personalized, quality care and includes Fisher-Titus Medical Center, a 99-bed acute care hospital; Norwalk Memorial Home, a 69-bed skilled nursing facility; The Carriage House of Fisher-Titus, a 48-unit assisted living facility; an employed physician group; emergency transportation service; a retail pharmacy and home health care services.

With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and an outstanding team of physicians, Fisher-Titus has earned numerous national recognitions. The Medical Center is accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and is also certified as a Primary Stroke Center and a Level 3 Trauma Center. Fisher-Titus Medical Center is a six-time recipient as the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals. For more information, please visit fishertitus.org.

About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is an essential health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 7,700 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at more than 20 other MetroHealth locations. Two new hospitals have recently opened in Cleveland Heights and Parma, and MetroHealth also provides health care at more than 40 additional sites in Cuyahoga County through community partnerships.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992 by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons, and one of two adult and pediatric burn centers in the state of Ohio verified by the American Burn Association. MetroHealth also is home to a verified Level II Pediatric Trauma Center.

In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than 1.4million patient visits in its hospital and health centers. MetroHealth is also an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top six percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.

MetroHealth’s mission is, “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” For more information, visit metrohealth.org


Tina Shaerban Arundel, Public & Media Relations Manager, The MetroHealth System 440-592-1334, tarundel@metrohealth.org

Deb Reed, Public Relations & Communications Director, Fisher-Titus Medical Center 419-660-2545, dreed@ftmc.com