10:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

The Role Providers Can Play as Anchor Institutions

As healthcare leaders continue to recognize the impact of social determinants on a person’s health, health systems have embraced their role as anchor institutions, working to improve the physical, social, and economic environments in their regions.

Anchor institutions are enterprises, such as universities and hospitals, that are rooted in their local communities by mission, invested capital or relationships to customers, employees and vendors.

Healthcare leadership plays a major role in improving health outcomes for disadvantaged populations and leveraging the economic, social, and political power of the health care industry.

This presentation, featuring C-suite healthcare leadership, will discuss actions that organizations can take to improve health equity in their communities as anchor institutions.  

Key issues to be covered include:


  • Articulating the vision and making health equity a leader-driven priority 

  • Developing financial processes and structures that support health equity 

  • Identifying the health disparities that exist and the needs of the people who are impacted

  • Embracing community development through strategic partnerships to effectively address challenges facing populations



Peter Pronovost, MD

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer

University Hospitals

Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, is a world-renowned patient safety champion, critical care physician and prolific researcher, publishing over 800 peer review publications, and a global thought leader, informing U.S. and global health policy. As chief clinical transformation officer at University Hospitals (UH) health system, Dr. Pronovost is developing and leading strategic initiatives to improve value across the health system, helping people be well, get well and manage their most acute medical conditions. He is clinical lead for population health and lead for high-reliability medicine, with direct responsibility for the UH employee accountable care organization (ACO).



Akram Boutros

President and

Chief Executive Officer 
The MetroHealth System

In his five years as the president and chief executive officer of MetroHealth, the public health system in Cleveland, Akram has galvanized political leaders, entrepreneurs and the public around supporting community-wide health care many had taken for granted. With his unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality health care to everyone in Cuyahoga County, Dr. Boutros has achieved what many thought was impossible. Under his leadership, The MetroHealth System went to market on its own credit in 2017 and sold $946 million in bonds to rebuild its hospital, revitalize its main campus and resurrect its West Side neighborhood. That is just one piece of the unprecedented transformation of Cuyahoga County’s public health care system Dr. Boutros has piloted since he arrived at MetroHealth.


Adam Myers

Chief, Population Health and Director

Cleveland Clinic Community Care

Dr. Myers started at the Cleveland Clinic in June of 2018. His role is new to the clinic and encompasses leadership of the ambulatory practices, the hospitalists, the urgent cares, the post-acute physicians, ambulatory pharmacy, telemedicine, house calls, eConsults, the ACO structure, the 7100 member clinically integrated network, three residency programs, as well as significant portions of the research institute. Prior to joining the clinic, Dr. Myers served as chief medical officer and chief operating officer of Texas Health Physicians Group, a 1000-member multispecialty group affiliated with Texas Health Resources.

Randy Oostra

President and Chief Executive Officer



Randy Oostra is the president and chief executive officer of ProMedica, overseeing the not-for-profit mission-based, integrated healthcare organization headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to this role, he served as president and chief operating officer. Randy is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders in health care and has earned a spot on several prestigious listings, which include Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.  He also received American Heart Association’s Pulse of Toledo Award in 2018. He has a strong commitment to the healthcare industry and community and serves on the board of trustees of the following national organizations: Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust and The Root Cause Coalition, which ProMedica founded.