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Hill Harper to Serve as Voice of MetroHealth

Acclaimed actor, author, health ambassador seeks to advance MetroHealth’s story of hope and equity in healthcare

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The MetroHealth System, Northeast Ohio’s visionary health system committed to delivering state-of-the-art care through a deliberate focus on every person’s needs, announces Hill Harper as the new voice of MetroHealth’s focus to eliminate barriers that impact health.

As an international voice for equity, especially in his work as a healthcare advocate and cancer survivor, Harper will assist MetroHealth in spreading the message of hope as it serves our community.

Harper’s voice will be recognized in new outreach programming to highlight the system-wide transformation, including the opening of the new state-of-the-art hospital, The Glick Center, on October 15, 2022. This revolutionary hospital will help MetroHealth deliver on the audacious goal to transform the healthcare landscape in our community and throughout the region.

“MetroHealth is intentional about serving our community and walking alongside every person at every step of their journey to health,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO of The MetroHealth System. “By selecting Hill Harper to help us tell our story of hope for each person in our community, we maintain our focus on educating, guiding, and healing those who need our care the most.”

Hill Harper is a humanitarian, best-selling author, health and wellness ambassador and educator, and the star of ABC’s television drama The Good Doctor. In addition to his acting career, Harper has authored four New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure, a book that chronicles Harper’s thyroid cancer diagnosis and his journey to health. 

Harper’s work focuses on disparities and underserved communities. He is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs. He has also collaborated with Saving Our Daughters, a nonprofit focused on eliminating social barriers that ultimately restrict students’ success in their daily lives, using influential celebrities to help mentor and educate girls beyond the borders of a traditional classroom. Harper is the son of two doctors: his father is a psychiatrist, and his mother is an anesthesiologist.

“MetroHealth’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity will redefine healthcare to improve the foundations of community health and well-being,” said Harper. “I’m excited by the way MetroHealth acknowledges and addresses historical disparities in healthcare because that is the way we will build a healthcare system that results in healthier outcomes for each person.”

About The MetroHealth System

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through five hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers. Each day, our nearly 9,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable healthcare — through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services — that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit