2018 Cleveland Heritage Medal Recipients Named
Four community leaders will be honored in November
Four community leaders will receive the Cleveland Heritage Medal at a presentation luncheon in November at Cleveland City Hall Grand Hall Rotunda.
The 2018 honorees are:
·Toby Cosgrove, MD, Executive Advisor and former CEO & President, Cleveland Clinic
·Robert D. Gries, President & Trustee, Gries Family Foundation
·Steven A. Minter, Executive-in-Residence, Cleveland State University; Retired President and Executive Director, Cleveland Foundation
·Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD, President & CEO, DreamCatcher Educational Consulting; President Emeritus, Cuyahoga Community College
The Cleveland Heritage Medal was established in 2016 as the highest civilian award in Greater Cleveland. Modeled after the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it recognizes those who have made meritorious contributions to the welfare and development of Cleveland and its citizens and who, as role models, represent the core values of service to others, teamwork, courage, respect, and inclusion and diversity.
The Cleveland Heritage Medal will be bestowed upon the honorees during a luncheon on Thursday, November 15, 2018. Serving as master of ceremonies will be Russ Mitchell, the managing editor of the evening news and lead anchor at WKYC.
The 2018 Cleveland Heritage Medal Chairs are Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; and Carole F. Hoover, President and CEO of HooverMilstein.
More information about the Cleveland Heritage Medal can be found at heritagemedal.com.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.