Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Dr. Hills to Serve as Event Chairman at Rainbow PUSH Summit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Cleveland) – MetroHealth is sponsoring and providing several speakers to the inaugural Rainbow PUSH Healthcare Summit, to convene today at the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center, 127 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.
As the Event Chairman, Dr. Edward Hills, COO of MetroHealth, will welcome the attendees at a business luncheon at approximately 12:15 and will later receive an award. Dr. Hills will be recognized for his role as the first African-American president of MetroHealth, as well as his leadership within the community and his commitment to inclusion and diversity.
In a Jan. 8 release, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition states that the summit “will provide viable solutions to close the long-standing gap in an industry that has made Herculean strides, yet continues to dismiss the glaring and deadly medical and economic disparities among people of color and the disenfranchised.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “some minorities experience a disproportionate burden of preventable disease, death, and disability compared with non-minorities.”
MetroHealth’s sponsorship of the event is fitting, according to Dr. Hills.
“At MetroHealth, we are committed to responding to community needs, improving health status and controlling healthcare costs,” Dr. Hills said in a Rainbow PUSH Coalition release.
Other MetroHealth speakers include Dr. Thomas Collins, who will help open the event with his participation in the Access to Healthcare and Trauma talk at nine in the morning. Carole Becerra, Supplier Diversity Manager at MetroHealth, will participate in the 10:30 The Business of Healthcare: Untapped Opportunities talk, which will state the economic case for “inclusion” in the healthcare industry. Those events are for medical providers and professionals only.
The public is welcome to attend afternoon sessions, such as the Affordable Care Act, featuring MetroHealth’s Tamiyka Rose; Diabetes: Are We Eating Ourselves to Death, featuring Dr. Harry Walker; and The Importance of Mental Healthcare, featuring Dr. Ewald Horwath. Those panels are free to MetroHealth employees, their guests and students. The event will conclude with an Awards and Networking Reception, including Dr. Hills’ accolade.
About The MetroHealth System
The MetroHealth System is a public health system committed to providing health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and improving the health of the community overall. Its 6,000 employees deliver care to everyone at its main campus, just west of downtown Cleveland, and at 16 community health centers. MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s only Adult Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Burn Care Center. In the past year, MetroHealth provided more than one million patient visits in its hospital and community health centers.
MetroHealth is also an academic medical center committed to teaching and research; each of its active physicians holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth has earned Magnet status, which places it in the top seven percent of all hospitals nationwide for nursing excellence.
MetroHealth’s mission is, “Leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery and teamwork.” For more information, visit www.metrohealth.org.
Jonah L. Rosenblum