MetroHealth Foundation Elects Executive Officers, Welcomes New Board Chair
The MetroHealth Foundation is pleased to announce its officers for 2021-2022.
- Gareth D. Vaughan, President and CEO, The Albert M. Higley Co. – Chair
- Miguel de Gracia, CEO, Root Candles – Vice Chair, Audit
- Jon Groza, Partner, Kohrman Jackson & Krantz – Vice Chair, Governance
- Alan Zang, President, NE Ohio, U.S. Bank – Vice-Chair – Governance
- Jennifer Hurd, Senior Vice President, State of Ohio Market Manager, Enterprise Business & Community Engagement, Bank of America – Vice Chair, Outreach
- Lee Ann Howard, CEO, Howard and O'Brien Associates – Vice Chair, Nominating and Board Development
- Rob Soroka, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank – Treasurer and Vice Chair, Finance and Investment
Founded in 1954, the Foundation provides philanthropic support to The MetroHealth System. The officers were elected during the Foundation’s annual meeting on May 27.
Vaughan, a member of the Foundation Board since 2015, succeeds Brian M. O’Neill as Chair.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Vaughan grew up in London. After graduating from college, he moved to the United States and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Vaughan joined The Albert M. Higley Co. in 2001 as a regional manager based in Columbus. In 2010 he was elected president. He was named CEO in 2017.
“I am looking forward to helping MetroHealth become recognized as the best public health institution in the country,” Vaughan said. “I want more people – in our region and well beyond Northeast Ohio – to know the impact MetroHealth makes every day on improving the quality of life for everyone.”
O’Neill, a partner in the law firm Tucker Ellis LLP, had served as Board Chair since 2018. He first became involved with MetroHealth as a member of an advocacy council charged with raising philanthropic support for MetroHealth pediatrics. In 2009 he was elected to the Board; in the years that followed he chaired the Nominating and Board Development Committee and was a founding member of the Foundation’s Governance Committee.
O’Neill represented the Board on the Campaign Cabinet of The MetroHealth Transformation Campaign, which in late 2020 surpassed its original $100 million fundraising goal of philanthropic support for the MetroHealth Transformation.
“For a dozen years, I have had the honor of working with such dedicated community leaders on the Foundation Board,” O’Neill said. “MetroHealth is a community treasure, and I am proud to have had the opportunity to play a role in seeing its transformation become a reality.”
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.