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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 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.

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