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The Word Church’s Rev. Dr. R.A. Vernon to keynote MetroHealth's MLK event Jan. 21

The Rev. Dr. R.A. Vernon, Founder and Senior Pastor, The Word Church, will keynote MetroHealth's Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event on Monday, January 21, in Scott Auditorium. He will speak on the topic of "The Dream Endures in Me."

Having started with only one service in a high school in 2000, The Word Church is now a multi-site ministry with nine services and three campuses across Northeast Ohio, including Warrensville Heights, Downtown Cleveland and Akron.

Dr. Vernon has over 25 years in ministry and nearly two decades in the pastorate. He is the author of four books: The Blessing Behind Closed Doors, Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, Help! My Pastor's Under Pressure, and Dr. R.A. Vernon's 10 Rules of Dating In The Social Media Age.

MetroHealth's MLK celebration begins at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided immediately after the event. This program is open to both employees and community members. RSVP by January 18 to 

This event is being presented by MetroHealth and Cuyahoga Community College, with support from MetroHealth's African American Alliance and MetroHealth Christian Fellowship Employee Resource Groups.

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 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.

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