Celebration Honors Cliff Megerian’s Appointment to Jane and Henry Meyer Chief Executive Officer Distinguished Chair

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Surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, UH CEO Cliff A. Megerian, MD, FACS, celebrated his appointment as the inaugural Jane and Henry Meyer Chief Executive Officer Distinguished Chair at an event on August 22, 2022.

Cliff Megerian,MD at chair event 2022Cliff Megerian MD during the inaugural Jane and Henry Meyer Chief Executive Officer Distinguished Chair at an event.

Notably in attendance were Tom Mihaljevic, MD, CEO and President, Cleveland Clinic, Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, CEO and President, The MetroHealth System, Laura Bloomberg, PhD, President, Cleveland State University, and Stan Gerson, MD, Dean, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University – illustrating the extremely collaborative environment Dr. Megerian has helped foster since taking the reins as CEO.  

The chair was established earlier this year in celebration of the Meyer family's legacy of leadership and service to the health system. Jane is joined in dedicating this endowed position in memory of her late husband, Henry L. Meyer III, by their three sons, Patrick, Andrew and Christopher.

The late Henry Meyer had a distinguished career at KeyCorp spanning nearly 40 years, starting as a teller and ultimately serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2011. An exemplary leader, he led the bank during a period of significant growth and successfully navigated through the Great Recession of 2008. A passionate advocate for Cleveland and its residents, he served on numerous boards including University Hospitals, where he was a member of the UH Board of Directors for over 35 years and board chair from 1999 to 2003.

Jane Meyer, who enjoyed a distinguished career at Ernst & Young as a certified public accountant, similarly dedicated herself to volunteerism. Her leadership and service on the Rainbow Babies & Children's Foundation Board of Trustees from 1988 to 2000 included a term as board president from 1996 to 1998.

The Meyer family's enduring connection to the health system – defined by leadership, service and generosity – spans generations. Henry's mother, Anne Taylor Meyer, was a passionate and beloved Trustee of the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Foundation for 40 years; and his grandmother, Frances Bicknell Taylor, was once President of the Rainbow Hospital Board of Trustees.

“UH was incredibly near and dear to Henry's heart," said Jane. “He was born at UH and would note that it was the first air he breathed. A chair like this, that recognizes the importance of strong executive leadership and is meant to safeguard the future of a place he felt so deeply connected to, would mean the world to him.”

As the inaugural Meyer Distinguished Chair, Dr. Megerian will be afforded resources to make innovative decisions and strategic investments that impact health care for patients in Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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