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 CLEVELAND, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Terry R. White, chief executive officer and director of the University of Cincinnati Hospital, has been chosen by The MetroHealth System as its next president and chief executive officer. The appointment was made today at a special meeting of the board of trustees.
 White, 53, will be on familiar ground when he comes north to take up his new duties: He has held top administrative positions at two of Cleveland's major medical centers and has been active in the civic life of the city.
 His selection culminates a six-month-long nationwide search, guided by a committee of health care professionals within and outside The MetroHealth System. White will start at MetroHealth March 1.
 "I am looking forward to my return to Cleveland and the opportunity to work with the board, medical staff and employees of The MetroHealth System in the continuing development of community-oriented partnerships for health care delivery," White said.
 Donna Kelly Rego, chairperson of the MetroHealth board of trustees, called White an outstanding choice.
 "Mr. White possesses a keen understanding of MetroHealth's unique role in the community, and he values collaboration and creativity in responding to the opportunities facing The MetroHealth System," Rego said. "The board of trustees is delighted to welcome him. We look forward to working with him to fulfill the MetroHealth mission."
 White comes to MetroHealth at a time of growth and opportunity. The system is attracting managed care providers that have swelled commercial volume, even as it continues to meet an ever-growing need among the poor for health care. It has established innovative programs such as the Center for Community Health and, in partnership with Case Western Reserve University, the Institute for Public Health Sciences. It has recruited nationally recognized medical practitioners.
 As MetroHealth's top executive, White's charge will extend to the continuing formation of a network of physicians and hospitals providing a full range of health care services, development of quality medical and patient care programs, promotion of the hospital system's strong community health mission and support of academic medicine as a leading priority.
 White has led the University of Cincinnati Hospital for three years. Prior to his service there, he was executive vice president and then senior executive vice president at University Hospitals of Cleveland. During his tenure there from 1986 to 1991, he developed and directed University Hospitals Network, a regional health care network of hospitals and medical group practices. He also oversaw development and implementation of a major facilities master plan.
 From 1974 to 1986, White served as president and chief executive officer of Lutheran Medical Center, where he was instrumental in forming an affiliation with Fairview General Hospital that became Health Cleveland. He charted the replacement and modernization of Lutheran Medical Center's entire physical plant and directed a corporate reorganization. Additionally, he built and administered the fund- raising Lutheran Medical Center Foundation.
 Before coming to Lutheran, White spent almost seven years as administrator of South Side Hospital, a unit of the 1,000-bed Youngstown Hospital Association.
 White earned his bachelor's degree at Ohio University in 1962 and his master's degree in hospital administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1966. He was an administrative assistant with the Ohio Department of Health and completed an administrative residency at Charleston General Hospital in Charleston, W.Va. He also served as an administrative assistant at the Charleston hospital.
 He was an officer in the Medical Services Corps of the Army Reserves from 1964 to 1971.
 Wherever he has lived and worked, White has pursued a full agenda of community, professional and church activities. In Greater Cleveland, his affiliations included Leadership Cleveland, the Boy Scouts of America, the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, the Ohio City Redevelopment Association, University Circle Inc., Bay Presbyterian Church, the Visiting Nurse Association, Fairhill Institute for the Elderly and the Greater Cleveland Hospital Association, among others.
 He is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, American College of Hospital Administrators and Greater Cincinnati Hospital Council.
 White and his wife, Cynthia, are the parents of two daughters.
 The 1,100-bed MetroHealth System is one of the largest, most comprehensive health care providers in Ohio. This capacity for patient care is supported by a commitment to research, medical education and community service. The MetroHealth System includes MetroHealth Medical Center, MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation, MetroHealth Center for Skilled Nursing Care, MetroHealth Clement Center for Family Care, MetroHealth West Park Medical Building, MetroHealth Downtown Center and MetroHealth Brooklyn Medical Group. Together, these units provide a complete spectrum of health care services.
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 /CONTACT: Susan E. Miller of The MetroHealth System, 216-459-5798/

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