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MetroHealth Foundation Names New Executive Committee

The MetroHealth Foundation is pleased to announce the Foundation’s new Executive Committee for 2018-2019.

  • Brian M. O’Neill, Partner, Tucker Ellis, LLP – Chair
  • Joey Arnold, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Swagelock Company – Vice Chair, Audit
  • Linda L. Bluso, Founder and CEO, Adaptive Knowledge Institute – Vice Chair, Governance
  • James Cahoon, Community Leader – Vice Chair, Outreach
  • Lee Ann Howard, Founder, Howard & O’Brien Associated – Vice Chair, Nominating and Board Development
  • Rob Soroka, Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank – Treasurer and Vice Chair, Finance and Investment

The executive committee members were elected during the Foundation’s annual meeting, held May 31.

Mr. O’Neill has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2009. He is chair of the Business Department of the law firm of Tucker Ellis, LLP., which comprises all of the firm’s business and transactional lawyers. He joined the firm in 2012.

His practice focuses on representing public and private companies and private equity funds in structuring and negotiating corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, management buyouts, joint ventures, and going-private transactions. He also advises on structuring corporate transactions and corporate governance matters.

Previously Mr. O’Neill was a partner at Ulmer & Berne, LLP, where he served on the firm’s management committee and as chair of the firm’s business department. He also was a partner at McDonald Hopkins Burke & Haber Co., LPA, where he served on the firm’s management committee and headed the firm’s banking practice.

Mr. O’Neill is a graduate of Ohio State University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

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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