Friends of the Foundation

The Global Foot and Ankle Congress (GFAC) is comprised of thought leaders in the field of foot and ankle surgery from around the globe. GFAC's mission is to promote an international exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of foot and ankle pathology and treatment.

GFAC was established in Cleveland, Ohio, USA in 2015 with individual and society partners throughout the USA, UK, Europe and the Asia-Pacific rim. GFAC is a subsidiary of the Northern Ohio Foot and Ankle (NOFA) Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to continuing education and research.

The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) is a professional society of more than 6,800 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, ACFAS seeks to promote the art and science of foot, ankle, and related lower extremity surgery, address the concerns of foot and ankle surgeons, and advance and improve standards of education and surgical skill.

The idea of the Asia-Pacific Society for Foot and Ankle Surgery (APSFAS) was first proposed by Dr. Kang-lai TANG, in conjunction with the Society's advocates, Dr. Zheng-yi WANG, Dr. Bao-guo JIANG, and Dr. Guang-rong YU. The APSFAS concept received the full endorsement of all invited attendees during the 13th Annual Meeting of the Chinese Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society (COFAS) and the Second International Symposium of Foot and Ankle Surgery, held October, 2009 in Chongqing, China and was supported by all the committee members of Chinese Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society. The Society is organized for the following purposes:

  1. to advance and promote knowledge of foot-and-ankle health and diseases,
  2. to encourage the advancement of research and study related to foot and ankle surgery, and
  3. to improve clinical practice through teaching, increase awareness of health problems and promote the exchange of knowledge among foot and ankle surgeons in the Asia Pacific region.

Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio and the fourth largest employer in the state. Mercy Health is also one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States. We operate more than 200 healthcare organizations that meet the healthcare needs of people in Ohio and Kentucky.

Facts and Stats

  • Hospitals: 23
  • Senior Health and Housing Facilities: 8
  • Health Insurance Plan (PPO) Covered Lives: 272,642 o Home Health Agencies: 7
  • Employees: 32,172
  • FTEs: 26,913
  • Affiliated Physicians: 5,611
  • Total Assets: $6 billion
  • Net Operating Revenues: $4 billion*
  • Net Income: $331.5 million*

The MetroHealth System is a nationally ranked[1] non-profit, county operated health care system located in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1837 as City Hospital,[2] The MetroHealth System is the safety net hospital for the residents of the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

Celebrating service to the community since 1987, Metro Life Flight is the most recognizable symbol of MetroHealth's leadership in trauma. Through its fleet of helicopters, ground units, and fixed-wing aircraft, Metro Life Flight transports critically ill patients from accident scenes and community hospitals to tertiary centers throughout northern Ohio, with more than 2,200 transports a year. With its unique staffing model of a physician and nurse on every flight, along with two pilots, Metro Life Flight brings the highest level of emergency and trauma care into the field and the air.

In 2006 MetroHealth earmarked $20 million for the Metro Life Flight program to replace the fleet with three new helicopters featuring the most advanced aviation technology. This decision reaffirmed MetroHealth's leadership as the region's only Level I trauma center and burn center for adults and children. In recent years, MetroHealth invested more than $100 million in trauma services, including in a Critical Care Pavilion, featuring the largest emergency department in Cleveland, new trauma and surgery suites, and teams of surgeons equipped to respond to trauma every hour, every day.