Two Metro Health Executives Receive Top Osteopathic Honor
February 22, 2007
Two Metro Health executives have
received the highest osteopathic honor awarded by Michigan State
University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. William C. Cunningham, executive vice president and chief medical
officer, and David L. Porteous, corporate counsel, have been named 2007
recipients of the Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service. For the
past 36 years, the annual award has recognized "excellence in the areas
of health care, education or public service."
Recipients are nominated by their peers and evaluated by a selection
committee of MSU faculty and administrators, as well as affiliates in
the community. The awards will be presented during a special ceremony
on April 25.
"We are extremely honored to have not one, but two Metro Health
recipients of the Patenge Medal," said Mike Faas, president and CEO.
"Bill and David exemplify the highest levels of service, dedication and
commitment to the principles of osteopathic medicine. They give
generously of their time and talents, which benefits not only Metro
Health, but the larger West Michigan community as well.
"Metro Health joins in congratulating these health care professionals
for their decades of hard work and exceptional results on behalf of our
Dr. William C. Cunningham joined Metro Health in 1990.
Since 1996, he has served as Metro’s executive vice president and chief
medical officer, leading more than 440 physicians, medical students,
residents and interns. Active both personally and professionally,
Cunningham serves or has served on the boards of the Metro Health
Hospital Foundation, Kent Health Care PHO, Kent Health Plan, the
Wellness Center, Community Care Plan, Catholic Human Development
Organization, Cherry Street Health Services and other organizations,
many times serving as a co-founder of the initiative.
He is also a governing board member of MSUCOM’s Statewide Campus
System, a clinical professor of Family and Community Medicine in MSU’s
College of Osteopathic Medicine.
David L. Porteous was appointed corporate counsel to
the board of directors of Metro Health in 2004. As a member of the
Alliance for Health, Porteous has been an advocate for health-care
providers and systems when debates on competitive issues arose. His
efforts were pivotal in Metro’s request to relocate to its new Health
Porteous served eight years on the MSU Board of Trustees, including
four as chair. He is currently on the MSU College of Law Board of
Trustees, Huntington Bancshares, Jackson National Life Insurance
Company of New York and the 4-H Foundation.
About Metro Health
Metro Health is a regional health care organization with a 238-bed
general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital and 10 neighborhood
outpatient centers, serving more than 130,000 patients in Kent and
surrounding counties. Metro offers a broad range of services, including
hospital inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery,
intensive care and rehabilitation. Physician, therapy and diagnostic
services are offered in its 10 neighborhood centers. Metro’s work is
supported by the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, which is a
charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and
well-being of the West Michigan community through philanthropy.