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2020 Cleveland Heritage Medal Recipients to be Honored in November

Cleveland - The Cleveland Heritage Medal will be bestowed upon three community leaders in November, their accomplishments and contributions to be celebrated with a video presentation and companion Tribute Book.

The 2020 honorees are: 

  • Jeanette Grasselli Brown, Retired Analytical Chemist and Director of Corporate Research, BP America; Former Chair, Ohio Board of Regents
  • Bracy E. Lewis, Retired Senior Vice President, Bank One
  • A. Malachi Mixon III, Retired Chairman and CEO, Invacare Corporation

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 who, as role models, represent the core values of service to others, teamwork, courage, respect, and inclusion and diversity. 

In accordance with state and local guidelines concerning public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cleveland Heritage Medal Presentation Dinner - held annually at the Cleveland City Hall Grand Rotunda - will not be held. In its place, the medals will be presented to the honorees individually, in conjunction with the release of a Tribute Video and companion Tribute Book in November. 

Previous recipients are as follows:

2016 - Morton L. Mandel, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr., Sandra Pianalto, Richard W. Pogue, Sen. George V. Voinovich

2017 - Carole F. Hoover, Samuel H. Miller, Albert B. Ratner, Michael R. White

2018 - Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Robert D. Gries, Steven A. Minter, Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D.

2019 - Thomas W. Adler, Art J. Falco, Robert P. Madison, FAIA, Barbara S. Robinson

The 2020 Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee Chairs are Akram Boutros, M.D., FACHE, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; Alex Johnson, Ph.D., President of Cuyahoga Community College; and Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson. The Committee is made up of a diverse group of more than 30 community and corporate leaders. 

More information on 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