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NEO’s Largest Employer Embraces Gohio Commute
Posted Date: 9/13/2017 9:00 AM
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CLEVELAND (Wednesday, September 13, 2017) – Cleveland Clinic, the region’s largest employer, has joined the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s Gohio Commute family, recognizing the impacts of the drive-alone commute on the health of our community.

Gohio Commute, which was unveiled in May, is an exciting, interactive trip planner helping to change the way people in Northeast Ohio commute, reduce congestion, and improve air quality.

According to a 2013 study, air pollution from cars and trucks causes almost 400 premature deaths per year in Greater Cleveland, and this region had the second highest mortality rate in the country from mobile emissions. The type of pollution emitted by vehicles can contribute to lung and heart conditions. Vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions are at especially high risk. Air pollution causes as many as 9,320 deaths each year in metropolitan areas in the U.S., similar to the number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in 2014.

“We are so pleased to have Cleveland Clinic, the largest employer in our region, join the Gohio Commute program,” said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. “With the Cleveland Clinic being a demonstrated leader in so many areas, we hope that they will be a model for other employers to encourage alternative commutes, leading to less congestion, less stress, less air pollution, and overall healthier lifestyles.”

Cleveland Clinic has created a dedicated caregiver subsite on Gohio Commute, and encourages caregivers to try alternative commutes to reduce the drive-alone rate, reduce harmful emissions, and improve public health. Through this subsite, caregivers can compare the monetary and environmental costs of various commute modes, and search for carpool/vanpool matches among fellow caregivers.

“As a proud member of the Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and larger healthcare community, we at Cleveland Clinic feel strongly about being proactive about our commitment to public health. This includes recognizing our contributions that impact the air quality in the region,” said Sumita Khatri, M.D., co-director of the Cleveland Clinic Asthma Center. “By encouraging our more than 51,000 caregivers to choose environmentally conscious ways to get to and from work, we’re helping to play a role in improving air quality and forming partnerships that will have a positive impact upon the lives of people living in our community and beyond.”

As of mid-September, more than 4,300 people in Northeast Ohio have joined the Gohio Commute network. Since the program’s inception, users have collectively logged 18,204 trips, saved $46,176, and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 38 tons.

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About Gohio Commute: Gohio Commute is an interactive, mobile-friendly website that provides more transportation choices, saves money, and helps each of us do our part for cleaner air. Plan a trip or connect with nearby commuters to share your ride, then watch the savings grow! For employers, Gohio Commute is an effective tool to attract and retain employees through affordable, convenient, and sustainable commute options. For more info – or to sign-up – visit gohiocommute.com/noaca.

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About NOACA: The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

About Cleveland Clinic: Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 51,000 employees are more than 3,500 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 10 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2016, there were 7.1 million outpatient visits, 161,674 hospital admissions and 207,610 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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NOACA Media Contact: Jocelynn Clemings, Communications and Public Engagement Manager, 
216-241-2414, ext. 253 or jclemings@mpo.noaca.org 

Cleveland Clinic Media Contact: Katrina Healy, Corporate Communications Manager, 
216-444-4255 or healyk@ccf.org