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 https://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.