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OHA Health Care Hall of Fame

The Ohio Hospital Association established the OHA Health Care Hall of Fame in 2015 in celebration of the association's centennial year. The prestigious award honors men and women who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the health care industry.

Eight health care visionaries and leaders are honored with the well-respected distinction and their recognition plaques are prominently displayed in the association's board room in Columbus. 

Through their leadership and unyielding commitment to bettering outcomes, the OHA Health Care Hall of Fame inductees worked to reform health care delivery for Ohioans, transform clinical best practices, advance health and wellness and improve the patient experience. Beyond having successful careers, the following individuals have notably helped to advance the interests and image of Ohio’s hospitals and health systems.

Award Presentation

The association honors the OHA Health Care Hall of Fame inductee(s) at the OHA Recognition Dinner which is held in conjunction with the association's annual meeting.

The 2020 recognition dinner will take place Tuesday, June 9 in the Grand Ballroom of the Columbus Hilton at Easton. 


Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHESr. Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE
Congregational Leader
Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine
Chair, CSA Health System Ministries 
Sisters of Charity Health System

As the congregational leader of Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and immediate past president and CEO of Sisters of Charity Health System, Sr. Judith Ann Karam helped bring mission-driven, quality health care to the underserved and the Ohio health care community. A tireless advocate for preserving human dignity and providing compassionate, quality care, Sr. Judith Ann embodied the altruistic values of her religious congregation and brought attention to the most critical needs. Her integrity, devotion and hard work made a lasting impact on the health care industry in Ohio.


Dr. Toby Cosgrove HeadshotToby Cosgrove, MD
President and CEO
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Cosgrove’s leadership in Ohio, nationally and internationally transformed clinical best practices, advanced health and wellness and improved the patient experience. As president and CEO, Dr. Cosgrove led Cleveland Clinic to expand its worldwide reach and reputation for clinical excellence, innovation, medical education and research. A cardiac surgeon, innovator and author, Dr. Cosgrove has earned an international reputation for expertise in all areas of cardiac surgery, filed 30 patents for the development of medical and clinical products and published nearly 450 journal articles.


Gov. John Kasich HeadshotGov. John Kasich
State of Ohio

Ohio’s 69th governor was an advocate for health and prosperity. In the face of much political pressure, Gov. Kasich courageously expanded access to health care coverage for more than 700,000 Ohioans. Under his leadership, Ohio earned national recognition for its innovative health care policies and Ohio’s first executive-level Medicaid agency and Office of Health Transformation were established to modernize Medicaid and improve the state’s overall health system performance. Gov. Kasich demonstrated a deep commitment to combatting the opioid epidemic, curbing smoking, promoting infant vitality and improving the state’s behavioral health system.


Richard Doan HeadshotRichard Doan
Administrator and CEO
Barnesville Hospital

One of Ohio’s longest serving hospital CEOs, Doan was administrator and chief executive of Barnesville Hospital. Under his direction, Barnesville Hospital joined an elite group of the nation’s most improved hospitals and was named one of the Top 100 Critical Access hospitals in the country. He was a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and recipient of the Senior Level Executives Regents Award and the Administrator of the Year Award presented by the Ohio State Office of Rural Health.


Dr. Eli Crew HeadshotEli Crew, MD
Miami Valley Hospital;
OHA Board of Trustees

A founding board member, Dr. Crew was elected the first president of OHA in 1915 at the inaugural board meeting in Sandusky. He was superintendent of Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and one of the strongest Ohio hospital advocates of his time. 


Melvin Creeley HeadshotMelvin Creeley
President and CEO
East Liverpool City Hospital;
OHA Board of Trustees Chair

Creeley excelled in numerous executive and administrative roles during his 36-year health care career. He chaired the OHA Board of Trustees and OHA Environmental Leadership Council during his 21-year tenure as president and chief executive officer of East Liverpool City Hospital. OHA’s top environmental award is named in his honor and recognizes hospitals for promoting best practices in environmental stewardship.


Donald R. Newkirk HeadshotDonald Newkirk
President and CEO 
Ohio Hospital Association

The longest serving OHA president and CEO from 1962-1989, Newkirk’s distinguished career included serving in various leadership positions at numerous hospitals across Ohio prior to his work at OHA. After his retirement, he served as consultant and Executive in Residence with the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health Graduate Program in Health Services Management and Policy.


William Ruse HeadshotWilliam Ruse
President and CEO
Blanchard Valley Health Association;
OHA Board of Trustees Chair

An Ohio health care and Findlay-area civic and business communities leader for many years, Ruse served as the Blanchard Valley Health Association president and chief executive officer for 36 years before retiring in 2001. He contributed great leadership during his time as a trustee, officer and chair of the OHA Board and as a member of the Ohio Patient Safety Institute and OHA’s Research and Education Foundation boards.