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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.

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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