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MetroHealth Announces Advisory Panel to Work with Board of Trustees in Selecting Next CEO

The MetroHealth System is proud to announce the formation of an advisory panel that will provide feedback and guidance to The MetroHealth Board of Trustees in selecting the successor to President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE.

“This is an outstanding panel that understands the unique role MetroHealth plays in the community,” said Vanessa Whiting, Chair of MetroHealth’s Board of Trustees. “The panel’s members have diverse backgrounds and a wealth of experience that will be helpful as we begin the serious work of identifying MetroHealth’s next leader.”

The advisory panel will consist of MetroHealth employees, supporters, public officials and members of the community. They are:

·       Yvonne Conwell, Cuyahoga County Council

·       Stan Gerson, MD, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

·       Bob Glick, MetroHealth supporter

·       Gail Long, community member

·       Paul Patton, Director of Human Resources, City of Cleveland

·       Jasmin Santana, Cleveland City Council

·       Gareth Vaughan, President, MetroHealth Foundation Board of Directors

·       Chris Brandt, MD, Chair, MetroHealth Department of Surgery

·       Julia Bruner, MD, MetroHealth Senior Vice President for Behavioral Health

·       John Chae, MD, Chair, MetroHealth Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Vice President for Research

·       Melissa Kline, DNP, MetroHealth System Nurse Executive

·       Nicholas Sukalac, MetroHealth Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Care

·       Brook Watts, MD, MetroHealth Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Chief Medical Officer for Community and Public Health

This panel will collaborate with the Search Committee, a committee made up of members of MetroHealth’s Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has statutory responsibility for hiring the next CEO and President. The members of the Board of Trustees that will be serving on the Search Committee are:

·       E. Harry Walker, MD (Dr. Walker will serve as Search Committee Chair)

·       Inajo Davis Chappell, JD, MetroHealth Board of Trustees

·       JB Silvers, PhD, MetroHealth Board of Trustees

·       Vanessa Whiting, JD, (MetroHealth Board Chair)

Dr. Boutros began as President and CEO in 2013. He announced late last year his plans to retire at the end of 2022.

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 throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, three-quarters 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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