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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 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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