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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.

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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