The MetroHealth System Names Susan Fuehrer, VA Chief Executive, as President of Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity
(Cleveland) – The MetroHealth System has appointed Susan Fuehrer, director and chief executive officer of the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System, as President, Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity, effective July 1, 2019.
In this role, Fuehrer will lead MetroHealth’s initiatives to identify and address the root causes of our community’s health issues and work to eliminate the barriers to care. She will engage community partners to connect individuals with the best resources, solutions and opportunities, with a goal of keeping people healthy and ending health disparities. Roughly 80 percent of a person’s health is determined by social, environmental and other factors beyond medical care.
“Good health is about much more than good health care. It’s about things like healthy food, educational opportunities, job training, stable housing, safe neighborhoods and a clean environment,” said Nabil Chehade, MD, senior vice president and chief population health officer. “Susan’s prior experience leading one of the country’s largest VA health systems and advocating for patients and the community aligns perfectly with our mission.”
Fuehrer spent most of her career at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System. She served as a leader and visionary for the health care system, ensuring alignment with VA strategic initiatives. She recently announced her plans to retire from the health system after 34 years.
Fuehrer completed her Master of Business Administration at Case Western Reserve University and is a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She serves on the boards of the Greater Cleveland Red Cross, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, the Center for Health Affairs and the Federal Executive Board.
Fuehrer lives in Westlake with her husband, John.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.