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October 22, 2021 (Cleveland)

The Center for Health Affairs Names Leaders to its Affiliate - Community Health Affairs Board of Directors



With the Leadership of this Board, The Center is Living into its Commitment to Make a Meaningful Impact in the Communities it Serves.


The Center for Health Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of eight new members to its affiliate Community Health Affairs Board of Directors.

Comprised of hospital, academic and community leaders in Northeast Ohio, the Community Health Affairs Board supports the organization in addressing healthcare needs and issues to improve health and wellness throughout the community.

Serving through Dec. 31, 2023, will be:

“I am delighted to welcome this distinguished group of leaders to this board,” said Al Matyas, Community Health Affairs Board Chair and Vice President of Ambulatory Operations & Business Development at Southwest General Health Center. “Their breadth and depth of experience will bring valuable insights to our collaborative work aimed at serving our shared community.”

The Community Health Affairs Board of Directors governs the 501(c)(6) Ohio nonprofit corporation and affiliate of The Center for Health Affairs and together with The Center’s leadership aims to leverage the community’s collective expertise and resources to implement collaborative solutions to healthcare challenges. The diversity of organizations represented on the board signifies the scope of factors comprising social determinants of health and illuminated through the collaborative community health needs assessments as well as HealthyNEO.org.

“I’m incredibly impressed by the dedication and excellence of the leaders throughout our community and so pleased this group of individuals has agreed to give their time and expertise and serve in this leadership capacity to support the important work of our member hospitals and their partners who are focused on impacting the health of our community,” said Brian Lane, President & CEO of The Center for Health Affairs.

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About The Center for Health Affairs: As the nation’s first regional hospital association, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice and leading advocate for 36 hospitals across nine counties in Northeast Ohio. With a dedicated and consistent history dating back over 100 years, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources, and solutions to address the challenges currently being faced by the region’s healthcare providers. The Center’s efforts focus on areas in which member hospitals and their communities can benefit from a regional approach, including emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community health. Through its business affiliates, CHAMPS Group Purchasing and The Essentials Group, The Center provides a broad level of professional services to its members. Headquartered in downtown Cleveland, The Center is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014, 2015 and 2021; ERC’s NorthCoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; Crain’s Cleveland Business and Best Companies Group’s Best Employers in Ohio in 2020 and 2021; and Modern Healthcare’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more, visit neohospitals.org.

About the Newly Appointed Directors:

Bill Chorba holds active CPA and CGMA designations and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Cleveland Metroparks, where he plans, develops, directs, controls, manages and administers the Park District’s financial affairs. He is responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, payroll, internal audit and procurement.

Susan M. Fuehrer serves as President for the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment) at The MetroHealth System. In this role she aims to address social determinants of health in an ambitious, comprehensive, and coordinated manner, ideally repairing the root causes affecting the overall wellbeing of people in the community so everyone can live their healthiest life.

Joy Johnson is Executive Director at Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., a non-profit neighborhood development organization. She acts as a liaison between program staff members, executive staff members and other collaborative partners. Johnson also manages tax and accounting details on behalf the organization as well as the planning, coordinating and overseeing organizational events as well as supporting the agency’s grant writing and fund development efforts.

Anne Nelson is the Assistant Dean of Student Services of the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University. In her role, she is responsible for generating and maintaining enrollment, working with faculty to enhance the business education curriculum, overseeing the College’s undergraduate student engagement services leading the Academic Advising teams, creating career development and exploration programs, and administering the College’s Scholarship Program and Petitions.

Terrence Robinson is co-founder of Success Pathways Alliance, where he currently serves as Vice President of Workforce Design Systems. He is an expert in building out career pathway models for multiple industry sectors and recognized as a thought leader and expert on aligning workforce and education systems. He was the primary architect of the highly acclaimed Early College Early Career (ECEC) manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program that is recognized through the State of Ohio as a best practice model.

Fredy Robles serves as Chief Program Officer for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland. In this role, he works with individuals, teams and other organizations and draws on his experience in human behavior to motivate change and find sustainable solutions to the multilevel and complex needs represented through the eight-county service area of the Diocese of Cleveland. Throughout his career, he has served in various capacities and settings within the mental health field in both the private sector and nonprofit agencies.

Ed Simcox is the Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic, a precision health and wellness company focused on improving research and clinical healthcare through a data platform and mobile applications that combine genomic, research and clinical data to improve health outcomes. Simcox is responsible for business strategy, offer development, strategic partnerships, sector outreach, and policy at LifeOmic, and he advises health startup companies regarding IT, innovation and health policy. Simcox is the former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Timothy Tramble is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Luke’s Foundation, where he is responsible for overseeing and guiding the work of the foundation to advance the pursuit of health equity in the Saint Luke’s neighborhoods and throughout Cuyahoga County. Prior to joining the foundation, he forged the growth of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. and spent five years in various roles at the Cleveland Department of Public Health.

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