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, 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% and its number of employees by 21%. 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% 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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.
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 city.cleveland.oh.us, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofcleveland.
About Cuyahoga Community College
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C ®) opened in 1963 as Ohio's first community college and remains Ohio's oldest and largest public community college. Over the past half century, Tri-C has provided high quality, affordable education and programs to more than 900,000 members of our community while successfully feeding job growth in Northeast Ohio. The College ranks first in Ohio and among the top institutions in the nation in conferring associate degrees. For more information, visit tri-c.edu.