MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, Speaks at Annual Stakeholders Meeting
Our Annual Stakeholders Meeting reminded people to take a fresh look at The MetroHealth System as we continue to reimagine health care for our community.
MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, noted that the forerunner to today’s hospital system was founded 184 years ago in response to the cholera epidemic. Since then, MetroHealth has embraced caring for all the residents of Northeast Ohio. That commitment has only grown since it began plans to build a new hospital, scheduled to open next year.
“This was a dream of a new hospital – the kind of hospital our patients deserve,” Dr. Boutros said. “A hospital that would do more than anchor Cleveland’s West Side. A hospital that would be a beacon for the entire city. That would shine a light on what’s possible for all of us.
“Our vision became bolder over the past seven years,” Dr. Boutros said. “More inclusive. And more extraordinary. We now envision a health campus, a community treasure, a testament to what can be done if we dare to dream.”
- Becoming the official health care partner of Cleveland Metroparks
- Plans to open a Senior Health Center
- Leaders of MetroHealth’s equity initiatives
- MetroHealth has new brand identity, including a reimagined logo and tag line: “Devoted to hope, health, and humanity.”
To watch the speech and learn more, go to https://www.metrohealth.org/annual-meeting.
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.