Susan M. Fuehrer joined the MetroHealth System on July 1, 2019 and serves as President for the Institute for H.O.P.E.TM (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment).  In this role she aims to address social determinants of health in an ambitious, comprehensive and coordinated manner.  Ideally repairing the systemic and root causes that affect the overall well-being of all people everyone can live their healthiest life. 

Prior to this position, Susan served as the CEO and Director of the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System She spent 34 years at the VA and rose from a management intern to CEO.  For more than a decade serveas the leader and visionary for one of VA’s largest healthcare systems with a strong reputation for excellent outcomes and value for patient care, academic education and research. 

Susan completed her Bachelor of Science from University of New Hampshire in 1986 and Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 1990.  She is also a graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She currently serves on the boards of the Greater Northern Ohio American Red Cross, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Rape Crisis Center and the Center for Health Affairs.  Susan was a recipient of a Presidential Rank Award, the most prestigious award in Federal career civil service, in 2019.

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