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OHA 2020 Health Care Worker of the Year honoree and finalists.

Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year

The Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award is presented each year to one Ohio caregiver who personifies a leader, gives back to the community, reflects the mission and values of his or her organization and routinely goes beyond the call of duty.

2020 Honorees and Finalists

Congratulations to this year's Health Care Worker of the Year:

  • Shari Kebler, executive director of Laboratory Services, Holzer Health System (Gallipolis)

2020 Finalists:

  • Tina Anderson, Fairfield Medical Center
  • Kelly Schaffer, Fisher-Titus Medical Center
  • Shawna Straub, Mercy Health — Anderson Hospital
  • Jonas Sykes, Aultman Hospital

All Nominees:

  • Click here to view all the 2020 Health Care Worker of the Year Nominees

Award Presentation

All Health Care Worker of the Year nominees are invited to celebrate their nomination with their families, friends at colleagues at the OHA Recognition Dinner which is held in conjunction with the association's annual meeting.

OHA does not announce the finalists or winner until this special evening so all nominees are highly encouraged to atttend.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemicand limit on mass gatherings, OHA recognized the 2020 nominees, finalists and honoree during a viritual event. Click here to view the 2020 celebration. The virtual program was emceed by Adora Namigadde, reporter, WOSU Radio, and features several prominent Ohio leaders offering special tributes. In addition, participants will hear from Stacey Unsinger, a COVID-19 survivor who has a deep appreciation for health care workers.


Each hospital is invited to nominate one individual who has not been nominated previously by that organization. Health systems may submit one nomination on behalf of each of their hospitals, or select one nominee to represent the entire health system.

Eligible persons must be a current employee of an OHA member hospital. The nominee should be a direct caregiver but that is not a requirement. Support personnel are also eligible is they exemplify the qualities represented by this award.

Physicians are not eligible to be nominated or to receive the award. Physicians will be disqualified.

How to Submit a Nomination

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

In addition to completing the online nomination, two digital photographs of the nominee must be submitted by the deadline:

  • Headshot - a front-on photograph of the nominee with minimal or no surroundings

  • Environmental - an action shot to show the nominee doing his or her job in the work setting. Photos that include patient interaction are encouraged. Please edit out any protected health information.

  • Photograph tips

Judging Criteria

A panel of outside reviewers will score each nomination based on the following criteria. Each nomination should highlight the nominee's most notable achievements and describe how the nominee embodies the following qualities of the Health Care Worker of the Year:

  • Great Leader (20 points)
  • Goes Beyond the Call of Duty (20 points)
  • Most Notable Achievements Reflect the Mission and Values of Your Organization (20 points)
  • Gives Back to the Community (20 points)

A total of 80 points is possible. Please note each characteristic is worth 20 points as indicated.

In addition, you will be asked to provide a brief summary and photos that will be used in a keepsake publication, on the OHA website and in OHA publications.