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Four Health Systems Collaborate to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and University Hospitals work together to present virtual program to honor civil rights leader

Working collaboratively, four of Cleveland’s health systems presented “2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration – Building Community Together,” a pre-recorded program that was broadcast on Friday, Jan. 14.

Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb, who was recently sworn in as the city’s 58th mayor, was the featured speaker in the 40-minute program.

WKYC lead anchor Russ Mitchell moderated a CEO panel discussion with Akram Boutros, M.D., FACHE, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; Cliff A. Megerian, M.D., FACS, CEO, University Hospitals Health System; Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic; and Janice G. Murphy, MSN, FACHE, President and CEO, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others’?” Panel members discussed how Dr. King’s words from almost 60 years ago resonate today, and how we can work together to build a healthier community.

From time to time through the years, the Cleveland health systems have collaborated on various projects and initiatives. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, working together has been critical to addressing a myriad of issues facing patients and the community. Partnering to present a tribute to Dr. King is an extension of those relationships and the commitment to working together for the betterment of the community at large. 

The program also featured musical performances, an invocation and prayer, and an interfaith video.

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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 throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, three-quarters 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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