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Health Care Leadership Awards

OHA each year presents three Health Care Leadership Award to honor outstanding individuals and organizations whose achievements have enhanced and brought honor to Ohio hospitals:

  • Donald R. Newkirk Award
  • James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award
  • Dr. Eli Crew Community Service Excellence Award

Presentation of Awards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 recognition was held virtually during the Healing Ohio Together Ceremony – A Recognition of Ohio’s Hospital Caregivers.

Please check back soon for details regarding 2022 recognition events and opportunities.

Donald R. Newkirk Award

This award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the health care field in Ohio.

This award is named for the man who led OHA for 27 years, from 1962-1989. The award is presented to an individual with multiple years of health care service who has made a significant impact in his or her hospital, the local community and across the state of Ohio. 


David Blom
President and CEO 

Beginning his career with OhioHealth more than 35 years ago, David built the region’s largest health care system – and one of the nation’s top five largest health systems – by making health care more accessible. A focus he’s never lost and a commitment that has changed the face of OhioHealth and health care delivery to patients locally, statewide and nationally. 

His innovative thinking grew the system in ways that also benefits employees and the local economy while creating cutting-edge services that save lives.

David grew OhioHealth by creating both a culture that’s focused on serving the community, creating access and establishing standard practices and efficiencies around medicine and patient care. That culture now permeates the system’s 11 urban, suburban and rural hospitals, and the more than 200 ambulatory sites, serving patients in 47 Ohio counties.

David also understood that competing hospitals in central Ohio could collaborate to provide better care across systems. In 2008, he helped create the Central Ohio Hospital Council, which brings together Mount Carmel Health System, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and OhioHealth. From blood supplies to health information exchanges, community health needs assessments and infant mortality, the council develops big ideas to cooperatively address pressing health care issues.

James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award

This award bears the name of OHA’s retired president and CEO Jim Castle and honors an individual whose professional attainments embody qualities of an outstanding leader or mentor for service to the community, or other special achievement.


Michael Winthrop
President and CEO 
The Bellevue Hospital

Winthrop has worked in the health care field for 42 years and served 32 years providing visionary leadership to expand health services, technology and facilities at The Bellevue Hospital. Michael’s compassion for people and for local health care directs and drives The Bellevue Hospital to do what is right for the communities served. He has guided the hospital through some of the most critical times and helped it grow into the quality facility it is today.

He began his career as president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital in September 1988 thinking it would be a stepping-stone in his career, but he couldn't predict the deep connection he would form with the rural Ohio town, its residents and the hospital. When Michael arrived in Bellevue, specialty physicians on staff were limited. The small hospital was regarded as a "Band-Aid" station. His goal was to create a solid community hospital and he worked to build relationships to make that happen. 

Michael’s philosophy was no matter the need, he wanted residents in his community to turn to the hospital. One significant way he accomplished this was by setting up a clinic for patients who had no access to established health care. This clinic pulled in residents from neighboring communities and served their needs at low or no cost. 

His forward thinking drives The Bellevue Hospital to do what is right for the communities it serves. That vision is to always look to the future while maintaining its Mission of Caring. Michael, who retired in August, has created a legacy for the Bellevue community – one that will continue well into the future.   

Dr. Eli Crew Community Service Excellence Award

Named after OHA’s first president, Dr. Eli R. Crew, former superintendent of Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, this award recognizes an individual or organization who has served as a friend to hospitals and health systems and whose support of the health care industry reflects the public interest.

Sister Doris Gottemoeller
Bon Secours Mercy Ministries
Sister Doris is an internationally recognized thought leader who excels at guiding health system leaders and staff in understanding their commitment to safeguarding the dignity of all people as they provide high-quality, accessible health care services to all. More than 40 years ago, Sister Gottemoeller began working to ensure that as health care delivery evolved, Catholic community hospitals would survive and thrive. Her vision and persistence set the stage for Catholic health systems to expand their ability to provide high-quality, affordable health care for millions of patients each year, while furthering their missions of service to vulnerable and poor people.

In the 1980s, Sister Doris began the difficult task of convincing CEOs of stand-alone Catholic hospitals to join into one system. For two years she met with hospital CEOs in three states. Though initially resistant to giving up their autonomy, the CEOs were convinced by Sister Doris that their hospitals’ ongoing ability to support patients and their local communities would be strengthened by combining their investments, achieving savings through shared services and implementing a board of directors consisting of national leaders.

Through her efforts, a multi-state system of 11 hospitals and 35 facilities was established that would, in time, become Bon Secours Mercy Health, Ohio’s largest health provider and the fifth largest Catholic health system in the U.S.

As a result of Sr. Doris’ foresight and the changes she championed, Mercy Health serves communities across the state, including Toledo, Lorain, Youngstown, Springfield, Urbana and Cincinnati.