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Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year feature image OHA Board of Trustees Chair Bruce White, CEO, Knox Community Hospital (far left) and OHA President and CEO Mike Abrams (far right) on stage at the OHA Recognition Dinner with the 2018 Health Care Worker of the Year finalists: Linda Maloy, Michelle Stratton, Joe Jeffries, Amy Preble and Collins Uzuegbu.

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.

2018 Winner and Honorees

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

  • Joe Jeffries, RPh, director, Pharmacy, Barnesville Hospital Association Inc.

2018 Finalists:

  • Linda Maloy, RNC-MNN, director, Patient Experience, Avita Health System

  • Michelle Stratton, RN, manager, Forensic Nurse Program, Emergency Department, Blanchard Valley Hospital

  • Amy Preble, RN, MBA, director, Emergency Department, Med/Surg, ICU, Dialysis, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital

  • Collins Uzuegbu, CNS, clinical program coordinator, Palliative Care, Mercy Health Lorain Region

View all 2018 nominees


Each hospital is invited to nominate one individual who has not been nominated by that organization before. 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

The deadline to submit nominations 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. 

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.

The 2019 recognition dinner will be held Tuesday, June 4 in the Grand Ballroom at the Columbus Hilton at Easton.