Dr. Sherrie Williams is the new chair of the 340B Health Board
WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 15, 2019— Sherrie Williams, M.D., M.H.S, Past President of MetroHealth System Medical Staff in Cleveland, today became the new chair of the 340B Health Board of Directors, which represents nearly 1,400 hospitals and health systems that participate in the 340B drug pricing program.
Dr. Williams will serve a two-year term as board chair, replacing outgoing chair Samuel Ross, M.D., M.S., who is the Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and Executive Vice President at Bon Secours Health System, Inc. Dr. Ross will continue to serve on the board as immediate-past chair.
“I am honored to take on the role of chair of the 340B Health Board of Directors,” Dr. Williams said. “I look forward to continuing to advance our shared mission of advocating on behalf of the millions of patients living with low incomes and in rural areas who rely on the safety-net hospitals that participate in 340B.”
Dr. Williams is a pulmonary critical care specialist and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She chairs MetroHealth's Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, through which she serves as the physician leader of the pharmacy, responsible for the safety and quality of medication being prescribed and dispensed.
Locally, Dr. Williams is a champion and advocate for chronic disease management. She has collaborated with the St. Luke’s Foundation, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, and other community leaders on various initiatives in the areas of asthma and smoking cessation. At a national level, she is the Immediate Past Chair for the Education Committee for America’s Essential Hospitals. Her work locally and nationally reflects her interests and background in health care education, public health, health policy, and finance.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Williams, a patient care champion and renowned expert in her field, taking on the important role of board chair for our association,” said 340B Health President and CEO Maureen Testoni. “We look forward to seeing the strong leadership, new ideas, and dedication to success that Dr. Williams will bring to this position. We also thank Dr. Ross for his two years of exemplary service as board chair and are pleased that he will stay on in a continuing leadership role for our board.”
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.