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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

About the MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit