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Health Care Leadership Awards feature image Pictured left to right: OHA Board of Trustees Chair Mike Louge, OhioHealth; 2019 Donald R. Newkirk Award recipient Randy Oostra, ProMedica, president and CEO; and OHA President and CEO Mike Abrams on stage at the OHA Recognition Dinner.

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

How to Submit a Nomination

The OHA Health Care Leadership Awards reflect excellent personal or organizational accomplishments within the Ohio hospital community. Hospitals are invited to submit nominations for those who have made a noteworthy contribution to health care in Ohio.

Health Care Leadership Award nominations must be submitted online by the deadline. The 2020 deadline has passed. The call for nominations will reopen in the fall. 

Presentation of Awards

The Health Care Leadership Award recipients are invited to celebrate with their families, friends at colleagues at the OHA Recognition Dinner which is held in conjuction with the association's annual meeting.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Hospital Association has postponed the 2020 Annual Meeting and Recognition Dinner. The awards dinner was previously scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, June 9.

Our annual recognition of the hospital caregivers and the achievements of our member hospitals is a highlight of the year at OHA. And we know we will all welcome the opportunity to gather and recognize the outstanding work happening now as Ohio hospitals respond to this challenging health crisis.

We continue to monitor the ever-evolving landscape and will be hard at work to reconceptualize this year's recognition activities. We will share additional details as they are confirmed.

As soon as it is safe to do so, we look forward to honoring the extraordinary commitment of Ohio’s hospitals, our OHA awardees and all 260,000 hospital heroes in our state. 

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. 


Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE
President and CEO

Randy Oostra, president and chief executive officer of ProMedica, leads the not-for-profit mission-based, integrated health care organization based in Toledo. He assumed leadership of ProMedica in 2009, after more than a decade of leading a number of hospitals in the system. He joined ProMedica in 1997. Randy has worked in health care throughout his nearly 40-year career, holding senior positions at facilities in Minnesota, Michigan and South Dakota.

Randy received recognition nationally for his focus on the social determinants of health, with a particular emphasis on hunger, shelter, education. Most recently he is advancing a national conversation about how health systems can provide more comprehensive, integrated and coordinated mental health services in northwest Ohio and Toledo neighborhoods.

An industry leader, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of Becker's Healthcare's 100. He received the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award (Ohio) in 2015. Randy serves on the boards of national organizations, including: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust and The Root Cause Coalition, which ProMedica founded. Randy also serves on the board of trustees for his alma mater, Northwestern College, and various art and civic organizations in northwest Ohio.

He holds a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northwestern College.

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.


Scott Malaney

President and CEO
Blanchard Valley Health System

Scott Malaney, CEO and president of the Blanchard Valley Health System for 19 years, focuses his team on improving the quality of health care in Findlay, as well as Ohio and the U.S. Under his leadership, Blanchard Valley expanded to a multi-site, integrated system, serving eight counties and achieved Gold Level recognition through The Partnership for Excellence. 

As an industry leader, served on the American Hospital Association Board and the Joint Commission Board, and is frequently consulted by industry leaders regarding health care trends and issues. 

Scott developed primary care and specialty services in the eight-county region surrounding Findlay, which includes a nationally recognized open-heart surgery program, a primary stroke designation, a MOM’s program for opioid addicted pregnant women and a nationally acclaimed robotics program. 

Scott is actively engaged in serving the community in many ways, including his key role in establishing the Miracle League Field in Findlay and chairing the Hancock County Alliance Board, the economic development group for Findlay and Hancock counties.    

Under Scott's leadership, Blanchard Valley Health System is one of approximately 35 hospitals in the nation to achieve Truven 100 Top Hospitals status six times as well as US New and World Reports Best Nursing Homes rankings four times. 

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.



Thomas McDonald

Trustee, The MetroHealth System Board of Trustees
President and CEO, McDonald Partners LLC
Tom McDonald joined The MetroHealth System’s Board of Trustees in 2008 and served in various leadership positions including chairman. His dedication includes 11 years and countless hours of service on MetroHealth’s Board. Tom’s expertise, experience and devotion helped reshape MetroHealth.  Under Tom’s board leadership, MetroHealth achieved financial solvency, operational excellence and increased health care services in Cleveland communities. MetroHealth patient care is available at more than 70 sites across Cuyahoga County providing access to 97% of county residents who live within 10 minutes of a MetroHealth provider.
Prior to founding McDonald Partners, Tom served as president and CEO for Wayne Hummer Investments in Chicago from 2003-2005. He was responsible for growing the company by hiring high-quality financial advisers and developed products and services that allowed Wayne Hummer to change from a transaction-based firm to one focused on planning-based wealth management. This focus allowed for the growth of assets under management and other fee-based business. During his tenure at McDonald Investments, Tom served on various committees including McDonald Investments’ Board of Directors, the firm’s Capital Commitment Committee and the Compliance Committee.