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Public Invited to Submit Nominations for 2020 Cleveland Heritage Medal

Community leaders will be selected for the honor, which will be bestowed later this year

For the first time, the Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee is accepting nominations from the public at

Nominations for the 2020 awards are being accepted online through Sunday, March 22. All submissions will be presented to members of the Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee in April. This year’s winners will be announced in early July.

The Cleveland Heritage Medal was established in 2016 as the highest civilian award in Greater Cleveland. Modeled after the Presidential Medal of Freedom, it recognizes those who have made meritorious contributions to the welfare and development of Cleveland and its citizens and who, as role models, represent the core values of service to others, teamwork, courage, respect, and inclusion and diversity.

The Cleveland Heritage Medal will be bestowed upon the honorees during a presentation dinner on Tuesday, November 17 at the Cleveland City Hall Grand Hall Rotunda.

Previous recipients are as follows:

2016 2017 2018 2019
Morton L. Mandel Carole F. Hoover Toby Cosgrove, MD Thomas W. Adler
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. Samuel H. Miller Robert D. Gries Art J. Falco
Sandra Pianalto Albert B. Ratner Steven. A. Minter Robert P. Madison, FAIA
Richard W. Pogue Michael R. White Jerry Sue Thornton, PhD Barbara S. Robinson
Sen. George V. Voinovich      

The 2020 Cleveland Heritage Medal Committee Chairs are Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, President and CEO, The MetroHealth System; and Alex Johnson, PhD, President of Cuyahoga Community College. The Committee is made up of a diverse group of community and corporate leaders.

More information about the Cleveland Heritage Medal can be found at

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 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% and its number of employees by 21%. Today, its staff of 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% 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.

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About the City of Cleveland

The City of Cleveland is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by strengthening neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing diversity and making Cleveland a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, play, and do business. For more information on the City of Cleveland, visit online at, Twitter at @cityofcleveland or Facebook at

About Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C ®) opened in 1963 as Ohio's first community college and remains Ohio's oldest and largest public community college. Over the past half century, Tri-C has provided high quality, affordable education and programs to more than 900,000 members of our community while successfully feeding job growth in Northeast Ohio. The College ranks first in Ohio and among the top institutions in the nation in conferring associate degrees. For more information, visit