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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, 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 will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 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 the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.

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 and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

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