Vanessa L. Whiting elected Chair of MetroHealth Board of Trustees
Whiting will succeed Thomas McDonald, who served as board chair since 2013
Cleveland- Vanessa L. Whiting has been elected Chair of the MetroHealth Board of Trustees. She is the first African American to lead the board, which is comprised of 10 voluntary members appointed by Cuyahoga County Council. She succeeds Thomas McDonald, who has served as Board Chair since 2013. Whiting chairs the Board’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which she established to emphasize and support the System’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, MetroHealth has increased its spend with diverse vendors and contractors, and has enacted policies resulting in an increase in diversity in management.
Whiting, who was appointed to the board in 2011, is president of A.E.S Management Corp, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen franchisee in Northeast Ohio. She is an attorney who has been recognized as one of this area’s top 100 lawyers by Northern Ohio Live, and whose work in economic and community development has helped many.“Vanessa Whiting has provided invaluable service to our health system for eight years and her endless commitment to inclusion and diversity has impacted every employee and every patient,” said President and CEO Dr. Akram Boutros. “Her continued leadership will spur us to achieve more for our patients and the community during this time of Transformation.”
“I am grateful for the trust the board has placed in me to lead during this exciting time of transformation. MetroHealth has a dedicated, hardworking board, an inspiring and dedicated staff, and an exemplary and visionary management team led by Dr. Akram Boutros. Together, we will meet the ever-changing challenges in health care and continue to live out the mission and values of MetroHealth.”
She serves on the boards of the Tri-C Foundation, the Fairmount Presbyterian Church and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Whiting co-chairs the Karamu House Capital and Sustaining Campaign, is a Life Member of the NAACP, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was named the Black Professional of the Year for 2019 by the Black Professional Association Charitable Foundation.Whiting’s term as Chair runs through 2023.
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.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.