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Inaugural MetroHealth-Baldwin Wallace Master of Public Health Class celebrates degree completion

Three years ago, MetroHealth and Baldwin Wallace University (BW) launched classes for a new Master of Public Health. Students from that first cohort officially graduate during BW’s commencement Saturday, May 4, where MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, will deliver the address.

MetroHealth and BW hosted a Celebration of Completion on Monday, where the soon-to-be graduates wore their gowns, walked across the stage and received alumni pins marking them as YJ4L (Yellow Jackets for Life.)

“I’m really going to miss this group of 10. We started as strangers and ended up as friends,” says Swagata Banik, PhD, Professor and Chair of BW’s Department of Public Health and Prevention Science. “You are the next leaders in population health.”

Alan K. Nevel, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, told the students that they were trailblazers. "This was something new. We got great outcomes. You have all done a wonderful job and we appreciate you.” He also noted that their enrollment in the program had a direct correlation to MetroHealth’s STAR-IQ Values. “Serving each other and your colleagues, working as a team, being accountable to complete coursework, respecting each other’s backgrounds and experiences, the inclusion of diversity of life experiences, and the quest for excellence on being the best in your coursework.”

Congratulations to the inaugural class of the MetroHealth-BW Master of Public Health:

Lisa A. Anderson, BSN Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Jennifer Davis, BSBA Concentration- Population Health Leadership & Management

Mariana Galay, BS Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Michael Gutridge, PharmD Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Tariq J. Khan, MBBS Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Ivy Kissling, BS, RD Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Xiomara J. Merced, MBA Concentration-Health Education & Disease Prevention

Nancy Phuong, MBA Concentration-Health Education & Disease Prevention

Marielee Santiago, MSW Concentration-Health Education & Disease Prevention

Julie Sterbank, DO Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to teach all of you and to learn from all of you,” says Susan Mego, Executive Director, Managed Care, ACO Executive – MetroHealth Care Partners, Population Health Innovation Institute and a Professor in the MPH program. “Your dedication and hard work is what brought you here today. We saw it all throughout the years. We’ve witnessed students who really stepped outside their comfort zones. This program has been supportive of allowing people to try new roles.”

This cohort has shared more than just classwork. Since first meeting on August 12, 2016, they’ve experienced major milestones together: a marriage, a birth, travel abroad, new jobs, health issues, and the loss of loved ones. But they supported each other as they completed projects and grew in their knowledge of public health, which they can now use to support patients and the community.

About the MetroHealth System

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.

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