Golf trailblazer to speak at MetroHealth’s Black History Month event
Renee Powell, the second African-American woman to play on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour, will discuss her life and legacy for minorities, women and other underserved communities at MetroHealth's Black History Month event at noon on Tuesday, February 12, in Scott Auditorium.
After joining the LPGA Tour, Renee competed in more than 250 events. Since leaving, she has devoted her life to introducing life skills and growing the game among vulnerable children, members of the military and golfers of all ages. She also has been an International Goodwill Ambassador, making 25 trips to Africa. Renee's talents as a clothing designer resulted in her work being featured at Harrods in London.
Renee learned how to golf from her father, William Powell, founder of the Clearview Golf Club in East Canton, Ohio. Clearview is the first golf course designed, built and owned by an African American, and is operated by the Powell Family. Today, Renee is the LPGA/PGA Head Golf Professional at Clearview, where she's keeping her father's legacy of "Golf for Everyone" alive.
Renee's honors include:
- Northern Ohio PGA of America Hall of Fame Inductee (she and her father are the only father-daughter inductees)
- The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Honorary Member (one of the first two American women selected)
- PGA of America 'First Lady of Golf '& PGA Class A Teaching Professional
- LPGA Pioneer Award & Lifetime Tour Member
- GOLF DIGEST, Top 50 Female Teaching Professionals
The theme of this event is "How to Break Boundaries and Barriers." This program is co-sponsored by the African American Alliance and Women@Metro Employee Resource Groups. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.