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.
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.