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.
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 nearly 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.