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Leader of MetroHealth’s Institute for H.O.P.E. to Receive Nation’s Highest Honor for Federal Civil Service Executives

Susan Fuehrer, who leads MetroHealth’s Institute for H.O.P.E, this month will receive the highest honor that can be given to a federal civil service executive.

Fuehrer joined The MetroHealth System this summer after 34 years of leadership at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Her service will be honored with the Presidential Rank Award. The award is given to outstanding leaders who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service.

“Receiving our country’s highest honor of service is proof of what we at MetroHealth already know: There’s no better leader than Susan Fuehrer to lead our crusade to eliminate health disparities and make Northeast Ohio a healthier community for everyone,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “As the President of our Institute for H.O.P.E., Sue is leading our unique comprehensive effort to address the social determinants of health.”

Fuehrer rose through the ranks from unpaid intern to CEO of the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, where she served as CEO for a decade. Under her leadership, the VA in Northeast Ohio had significant accomplishments in patient care, research and education.

The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System was one of the largest and best-performing VA healthcare systems, with more clinical centers of excellence and the longest-running five-star quality metric ranking in the VA, when Fuehrer retired this summer. She is a recognized trailblazer in the VA, where she made transparent, data-driven decisions on behalf of veterans, staff and taxpayers.

The Institute for H.O.P.E. (Health, Opportunity, Partnership and Empowerment) at The MetroHealth System is focused on fixing the root causes of health problems, by removing obstacles and engaging community partners so more people can access what they need to help them grow, succeed and be healthier. Fuehrer leads efforts to bring together neighborhood programs and resources, creating opportunities for everyone in the community to have a chance at a better future.

“It was my privilege to serve our nation’s heroes where I observed, every day, the price of freedom,” Fuehrer said. “I am humbled by the acknowledgement from President Trump and wish to recognize and thank everyone dedicated to making VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System one of the very best. Providing innovative, comprehensive quality care to veterans is a team sport and I am grateful to the many partners and stakeholders who work tirelessly and, most importantly, to the veterans and their families who trust VA with their health and well-being.”

The award will be presented Dec. 17 in Washington, D.C.

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 broke ground on its new hospital in 2019. The project is being financed with nearly $1 billion the system borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 40 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 8,000 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 Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

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. Its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.

For more information, visit metrohealth.org.