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New Members Join The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees

Arlene Anderson and Robert Hurwitz chosen to fill open positions


Arlene Anderson and Robert Hurwitz have been appointed to The MetroHealth System’s Board of Trustees. Cuyahoga County Council voted to approve the members at a meeting on Tuesday, November 28.

Arlene Anderson joins the Board, serving a term ending February 28, 2021. She is the founder and president of Minority Business Solutions, Inc. (MBS), a full-service diversity-consulting firm. The company works to strategically increase the participation of small businesses in three main areas: diversity program design, monitoring/compliance services and business development.

Anderson serves on various committees and boards to address inclusion of small, minority and female companies in the construction and supply chain industry. She is the first black woman to lead the Black Trades Council of Ohio, Inc. as Executive Director. She is Secretary of the Cleveland Branch NAACP and serves as the Interim Executive Director. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Contract Compliance Association, Council of Economic Opportunities for Greater Cleveland (CEOGC), the East Cleveland Public Library and Black Women’s Political Action Committee.

Anderson has a degree in Health Care Administration from Kent State University and resides in Cleveland.

Robert Hurwitz joins the Board, serving a term ending March 1, 2020. His career as a Cleveland entrepreneur spans nearly five decades, founding and leading companies including OfficeMax, Inc., The Coral Company, HomePlace, Inc, Professional Housewares and Incentive Consultants. He has dedicated many years to assisting other entrepreneurs in developing businesses and is a member of the JumpStart Board of Directors, where he is active in its successful mentoring program.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Hurwitz graduated from the Bernard Baruch School of Business at City College of New York with a bachelor of arts degree in international trade. He has been involved in many community and non-profit boards in the areas of education, business, medicine and community building, where he is focused on helping businesses become more inclusive and diverse, while attracting young talent to Cleveland. He believes that involvement and philanthropy are key to building the community and country we live in.

Hurwitz is a strong Cleveland supporter and resides in Pepper Pike with his wife, Susan.

"It is my true pleasure to welcome Ms. Anderson an Mr. Hurwitz to the Board,” said Thomas McDonald, Chairman of The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees. “Both are personally committed to MetroHealth’s values and are passionate about our mission.”

Cuyahoga County Council also reappointed current board members John Moss, Terry Monnolly, JB Silvers and Vanessa Whiting at the November 28 meeting.

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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