CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald has released the MetroHealth Medical Center Taskforce's initial recommendations on ways to increase the county hospital's transparency in operations, enhance enforcement of ethical standards, and improve communications with the county.
MetroHealth has already begun to adopt many of these recommendations and will work with the County to address the remainder, FitzGerald said.
The following recommendations have been adopted by MetroHealth and will assist MetroHealth in being more open and active in the engagement of the public:
- All MetroHealth Board of Trustees materials should be posted on the Metrohealth Medical Center website
- Metro should post its Human Resources/Travel Policies and any future policy and procedure manuals on the public website
- MetroHealth should post a link to the Ohio Auditor of State's website and its listing of Metro's annual audits
- MetroHealth should develop and publish a public version of its strategic plan
Additionally, MetroHealth will continue to work with the county staff on the following recommendations:
- Employee and vendor ethics
- Information reliability
- Sustained communication policies and procedures
- Contracting and procurement measures.
FitzGerald had charged the Taskforce with reviewing the County's historical relationship with MetroHealth and the hospital's statuary requirements on communications and approvals from the County as well as working with the MetroHealth administration to improve its openness with the public.
This review comes after consultation with the County Council and questions that were raised at Council's meetings.
"MetroHealth is one of the most critical resources in Cuyahoga County," said FitzGerald. "I want to support it, and to assist in MetroHealth's understanding of the public's expectations surrounding transparency, ethics, and open competition for business opportunities."
The FitzGerald administration will continue to work closely with MetroHealth on the above mentioned recommendations and support MetroHealth's ability to engage the public in a sustained and meaningful manner.
"The Metro/County relationship will continue to grow this year," said FitzGerald. "I am confident that through the Taskforce's work as well as the new Board appointments, MetroHealth's administration will be positioned, from a business side, to respond to Cuyahoga county residents expectations that its public institutions are open and accountable for their management decisions."