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Dr. Akram Boutros awarded honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree from Baldwin Wallace University

Delivers keynote speech to the graduates

Baldwin Wallace University held its 2019 college graduation on Saturday, May 4 in the Lou Higgins Center. 

Dr. Akram Boutros, M.D., FACHE, president and CEO of The MetroHealth System gave the keynote address. The speech centered on the idea of "choices" that can make all the difference in life.

"As the wise and lovable Professor Dumbledore told Harry Potter,

'It is our choices that show what we truly are …

“Far more than our abilities.'

Your future is in your choices."
excerpt from Dr. Akram Boutros' commencement address

He encouraged the graduates to choose to "stop listening to the voice that says you're not good enough" and to "stand up to the those doubts."

Boutros also urged them to "choose your comrades in life wisely. They will shape your life in profound ways."

Finally, he advised grads to "choose to follow your heart" when it comes to career and avoid climbing the ladder without being focused on values and work that is a "higher calling."

“You don’t make a difference because you have a corner office or a fancy title,” Boutros said. “You make a difference because you love what you’re doing.”

"Choose as if your life depended on it," Boutros advised in closing. "Because it does."

"If you don’t believe me or Dumbledore, maybe you’ll believe my favorite author, who wrote,

'You have brains in your head,

“You have feet in your shoes.

“You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.

“You’re on your own, and you know what you know.

You are the person who’ll decide where you go.'

That’s Dr. Seuss."
excerpt from Dr. Akram Boutros' commencement address

Following his address he was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in recognition of his visionary work to transform MetroHealth's main campus and revitalization efforts of the surrounding community.

The ceremony also marked the graduation of 10 students representing the inaugural class of BW's Master of Public Health program, offered in partnership with MetroHealth.

About the MetroHealth System

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.

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