Former Commander, USS Benfold
Author of “It’s Your Ship”
Monday, June 13 | 11 a.m. - noon | Keynote Address
Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to command the USS Benfold. At the time he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet—on a ship that was plagued by low morale, high turnover and abysmal performance evaluations. Few thought that the ship could improve—yet 12 months later the ship was ranked No. 1 in performance—using the same crew. People were amazed and the lesson was clear: leadership matters and culture is everything.
Abrashoff is the founder of Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and performance challenges within their organizations.
President and CEO, American Hospital Association
Tuesday, June 14 | 11 a.m. - noon | Keynote Address
Rick Pollack has been with the American Hospital Association for more than three decades and served as executive vice president for Advocacy and Public Policy prior to taking the helm of the 118-year-old organization in 2015. Pollack has developed a sterling reputation for pressing the hospital industry’s agenda on Capitol Hill and beyond, and has played an integral role in top health care policy discussions.
A Brooklyn native, Pollack earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York’s College at Cortland and his graduate degree in public administration from American University.
The Cure Starts Now Cancer Foundation
Tuesday, June 14 | 5 - 9 p.m. | Recognition Dinner
Lisa Hill is a powerful advocate for The Cure Starts Now Foundation, a pediatric brain cancer research charity that has raised $2.2 million and helped change the landscape of cancer research. The Cure Starts Now facilitates the collaboration of researchers from around the world. Her daughter, Lauren Hill, captured the nation’s attention when she accomplished her goal of playing in a college basketball game at Mount St. Joseph University, while battling inoperable brain tumor called DIPG that took her life in April 2015. Lauren, a native of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, received her care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Hill, who worked for five years in the home care program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before joining The Cure Starts Now, will speak at the dinner program that recognizes OHA’s Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award nominees.
Weekend Anchor, 10TV News
Tuesday, June 9 | 5 - 9 p.m. | Recognition Dinner Emcee
Karina Nova is an Emmy winning journalist who serves as the weekend anchor and a general assignment reporter for 10TV News HD. Nova is a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters, serves on the board of the charity Fairy Goodmothers and is a proud graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. Fluent in Russian, she spent the early years of her life growing up in Baku, the capitol of Azerbaijan, near the Caspian Sea. At age 8, she and her family moved to Ashtabula. Nova will emcee the awards dinner.
Edward H. Lamb, FACHE
2018 Chairman-Elect, American College of Healthcare Executives
Wednesday, June 15 | 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. | ACHE Breakfast
Edward Lamb, Western Division president of IASIS Healthcare in Utah, is chair-elect of ACHE, an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. Additionally, Lamb serves as chairman of the board of the Utah Hospital Association and as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board 8.
Vice President, Multicultural Competence, Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer - Mercy Health
Wednesday, June 15 | 9 - 10:30 a.m. | Quality Summit Keynote Address
Larry James is the corporate executive responsible for driving Mercy Health’s efforts to provide culturally competent patient care, develop strong sustainable partnerships with diverse vendors, recruit, develop and retain high quality diverse talent reflecting the communities we serve and strengthen leadership accountability for all of the Mercy inclusion initiatives. James earned his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University and his graduate degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.