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Champions Ball honors legacy of MetroHealth physicians

Darrell and Susan Austin, Toni Richmond and Ken Douthit, and Hal and Mary Douthit (seated) attended MetroHealth’s Champions Ball to honor family member Robert M. Stecher, M.D., who was inducted as a Legacy member.

Carolyn Rogers, Dr. Alfred Connors, MetroHealth chief medical officer, Alice and Thomas Onusko, MetroHealth general counsel, were among the guests at the Champions Ball.

Karen Knowlton and Pierre van der Westhuizen
(Bravo Piano!)

Peter Hollington, Robert Stecher, Richard Hollington III, Lori Smith and Scott Smith are family members of Legacy Hall of Honor inductee Robert M. Stecher, M.D.

Champions Ball honors legacy of MetroHealth physicians

            By Cynthia Schuster Eakin

    A parade led by the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums filled the halls of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel on Oct. 15 to honor MetroHealth physicians.
    The parade kicked off the hospital’s black-tie event, the Champions Ball, a party celebrating the 175th anniversary of Cleveland’s first hospital. More than 1,100 community, corporate and political leaders witnessed the first induction ceremony for the MetroHealth Medical Hall of Honor. The event sold out before the invitations were sent.
    “It’s really wonderful to see so many people from the Cleveland community support MetroHealth’s mission,” Robert A. Durham, chairman of MetroHealth Foundation’s board of directors said. “It allows us to help so many people who can’t afford healthcare. MetroHealth is the healthcare safety net for Northeast Ohio.”  Durham said MetroHealth treats more than 217,000 uninsured patients a year. The Champions Ball raised over $750,000, including $45,000 in pledges that were texted and displayed on a large video screen during the event program.
    MetroHealth has evolved from a city infirmary in 1837 to its role today as the area’s Level 1 trauma and burn center, and an academic health care system encompassing 16 community health centers. The Hall of Honor was established to celebrate the physicians and administrative leaders who were instrumental in helping MetroHealth achieve its 175th year milestone. The inaugural class of 20 honorees was chosen for superior innovation in medical education, research, patient care and healthcare management.
    The five living members of the Hall of Honor include Robert Eiben, M.D., Richard B. Fratianne, M.D., Irving Kushner, M.D., Edward G. Mansour, M.D. and Emanuel Wolinsky, M.D.
    The 15 Legacy members inducted posthumously are Betty Q. Banker, M.D., Edward M. Chester, M.D., Brown M. Dobyns, M.D., PhD., John W. Harris, M.D., Howard Karsner, M.D., Henry Manning, Jerome R. Pomeranz, M.D., Louis Rakita, M.D., Charles H. Rammelkamp, M.D., Frederick Robbins, M.D., Roy W. Scott, M.D,, Robert M. Stecher, M.D., Fiorindo Simeone, M.D., Maurice Victor, M.D. and Robert J. White, M.D., PhD.

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