Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS) Expands Network

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New Network Includes University Hospitals and Hospitals in
Summit, Portage and Geauga Counties

Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined by Dr. Robert Wyllie of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Bernard Boulanger of MetroHealth System and Dr. William Annable of University Hospitals to announce that University Hospital is joining the NOTS team.

Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals have joined together to create a new Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS), which will provide coordinated trauma care to patients throughout Cuyahoga County and the seven-county Northeast Ohio region.

As part of this enhanced trauma network, University Hospitals is adding its trauma expertise to NOTS. The NOTS network was originally formed in 2010 between MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic, and NOTS assisted the City of Cleveland public safety forces to get the right patient to the right place at the right time for their care.

Building on the collaboration among Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals during recent public health events including Flu and Ebola responses and the Republican National Convention preparation, the three health systems with the full support of Cleveland Mayor, Frank G. Jackson, strengthened their work together to enhance trauma service coordination across the region.

NOTS members will coordinate with public safety forces and network hospitals to ensure patients are rapidly triaged and taken to the appropriate level of care within the network. The NOTS network has expanded to include three regional Level I Adult Trauma Centers – Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital, MetroHealth main campus Emergency Department and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. The most severe patients will be treated at these locations and at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Level I Trauma Center.

Less severe trauma patients will be taken to one of Northeast Ohio’s Level II Adult Trauma Centers including, Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview and Hillcrest hospitals, or the Pediatric Level II Trauma Center at MetroHealth’s main campus. Other trauma patients will be treated at University Hospitals’ Level III trauma centers – including UH St. John Medical Center, UH Geauga Medical Center and UH Portage Medical Center as well as Southwest General Health Center, a joint-venture hospital with UH.

“As Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals work collaboratively to provide enhanced services through NOTS, it is the city of Cleveland and our surrounding communities that will benefit most from the sharing of this expertise across health care systems,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “This expanded network will improve our hospitals’ ability to respond to the need for increased access to high-level trauma services.”

“Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals have formed a new regional trauma organization to benefit the people of Northeast Ohio,” said Robert Wyllie, MD, Chairman, NOTS and Cleveland Clinic Chief of Medical Operations. “The three trauma systems will coordinate the services of pediatric and adult trauma victims to maximize and improve trauma services in the region.”

“The heartbreaking effects of traumatic injuries impact both patients and their families, and improving outcomes is the most important part of expanding NOTS,” said Bernard Boulanger, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer of MetroHealth. “The inclusion of additional trauma centers in NOTS will help ensure that more patients receive the proper care they need at a most crucial time.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with MetroHealth and Cleveland Clinic to enhance trauma service coordination throughout Northeast Ohio,” said Jeffrey Peters, MD, University Hospitals Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout the country, coordinated regional trauma networks have become important vehicles to improve outcomes for trauma patients. We believe this new, expanded network will be a significant resource for our community.”

NOTS is governed by an advisory board which will appoint a medical director and a pediatric medical director to serve two-year terms.

About NOTS: NOTS’ mission is to improve outcomes for Northern Ohio trauma patients and develop best practices. Through NOTS, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and University Hospitals collaborate to share quality data and jointly coordinate trauma care among facilities. They have an established advisory board, a medical director and pediatric medical director, and have implemented rules for the transfer of patients. NOTS has also created a coordinating agency for trauma transport and developed field triage protocols.

February is Heart Month – Go Red for Women’s Heart Health

The Cleveland Department of Public Health and the City of Cleveland teamed up with the American Heart Association to help you. They are inviting you to take steps this Hearth Month to improve your health and the health of the ones you love.

February, Heath Month, is part of the American Heart Association’s awareness campaign against cardiovascular disease and stroke, particularly in women. Cardiovascular disease and stroke kill one in three women in the United States, which equates to one woman every 80 seconds. Eighty percent of these incidents could be prevented with heart health awareness and learning how to treat and prevent heart disease.

You can take part in the Heart Month festivities on Tuesday, February 14th in City Hall’s Rotunda.  From 11:00 am to 2:00 pm there will be an on-site health fair including vendors, heart health information and activities, free health screenings, chair massages, and more. More information on the event here.

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  • An estimated 44 million women in the United States are affected by cardiovascular diseases and ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease or stroke.
  • Women comprise only 24 percent of participants in all heart-related studies and are less likely to call 911 for themselves when experiencing symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Only one in five American women – 36% of African American women, 34% of Hispanic women, and 65% of Caucasian women – believe that heart disease their greatest health threat

Women involved with the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement live healthier lives. The movement motivates women to learn their family history and to meet with a healthcare provider to determine their risk for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Go Red For Women is asking all Americans to Go Red by wearing red and talking about heart disease.

Get, Know and Manage Your Numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Own Your Lifestyle: Stop smoking, lose weight, be physically active and eat healthy.

Raise Your Voice: Advocate for more women-related research and education.

Educate Your Family: Make healthy food choices and teach children the importance of being active.

Donate: Show support with a donation of time or money.

We want you to take charge of your heart as Cleveland Goes Red for Women.