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MetroHealth Names Julie Jacono Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

(Cleveland) Julie Jacono has been named MetroHealth’s senior vice president and chief strategy officer, overseeing the growing health system’s business strategy and development, innovation, performance improvement and market intelligence. She has served as interim chief strategy officer since January 2019.

Jacono will lead MetroHealth’s strategy and expansion into nearby counties, development of nontraditional business lines such as Lumina Imaging and other strategic and business development opportunities to catalyze MetroHealth’s success as the health care ecosystem rapidly evolves.

“Julie has been an integral part of many of our major initiatives over the past six years,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD. “Her intellect, experience and enthusiasm have played a key role in our success, and I am confident that she will continue to do so for years to come.”

Jacono led the newly formed Office of Strategic Operations beginning in August 2018, when she was named ​vice president, strategic operations. That internal consulting group continues to partner with other MetroHealth departments and employees to support innovative change.

Her previous positions at MetroHealth include executive director of Ambulatory Operations and director of Strategy & Business Development.

“In MetroHealth’s 182-year history, there’s never been a more exciting time,” Jacono said. “Nothing is more exhilarating and rewarding than leading such a dynamic staff and organization into the future.”

Jacono lives in Westlake with her husband, Frank, and her two children. She is a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management and the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

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 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.