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2019 Cleveland Heritage Medal Recipients to be Honored at Cleveland City Hall

(Cleveland) –The Cleveland Heritage Medal will be bestowed upon four community leaders during a presentation dinner on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Cleveland City Hall Grand Hall Rotunda.

The 2019 honorees are:

  • Robert P. Madison, FAIA, Chair Emeritus, Robert P. Madison International, Inc.
  • Barbara S. Robinson, Chair Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council
  • Art J. Falco, Senior Adviser for special projects to Playhouse Square
  • Thomas W. Adler, Adviser, Playhouse Square Real Estate Services

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 2019 Cleveland Heritage Medal Chairs are Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; and Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD, President & CEO, DreamCatcher Educational Consulting.

Previous recipients are:

2016 2017 2018
Morton L. Mandel Carole F. Hoover Toby Cosgrove, MD
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. Samuel H. Miller Robert D. Gries
Sandra Pianalto Albert B. Ratner Steven A. Minter
Richard W. Pogue Michael R. White Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD
Sen. George V. Voinovich    

More information about the Cleveland Heritage Medal can be found at

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building and the 25 acres of green space around it are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.

MetroHealth broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 8,000 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

The health system 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 teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at