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Health Care Leadership Awards

Each year, the Ohio Hospital Association celebrates outstanding achievements that have enhanced and brought honor to Ohio hospitals. These awards reflect excellent personal or organizational accomplishments within the Ohio hospital community. Awards are presented during the OHA Recognition Dinner during the annual meeting in Columbus. 

2019 Call for Nominations

The deadline to submit nominations for 2019 has passed. The call for nominations will reopen in the fall. 

2018 Donald R. Newkirk Award

This award, named for the man who led OHA for 27 years, recognizes and honors an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to health care in Ohio.


Jim Pancoast HeadshotWilliam (Bill) Considine, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Akron Children’s Hospital

William H. Considine, CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital for 39 years, has dedicated his career and personal life to improving pediatric care and quality of life for children and families. One of the longest-tenured hospital chief executives in the country, he is an internationally known advocate for issues affecting children’s health and well-being.
Under his leadership, Akron Children’s Hospital has grown to one of the nation’s premier independent, integrated pediatric health care delivery systems. The hospital today is a $1 billion enterprise with more than 6,000 employees. Its clinical staff provides care through more than 1 million patient encounters annually at two campuses and a network of more than 60 primary care, urgent care and specialty care locations.
Akron Children’s collaborates with community partners to bring its neonatal and pediatric expertise to patients in other locations. The system also comprises a pediatric home care company, school health program, captive insurance entity and charitable foundation.
Considine is widely consulted by policymakers in Columbus and Washington, D.C., and has served on the boards of many health care, educational and cultural organizations. Considine is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, past chair of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, now known as the Children’s Hospital Association, and served on CHA’s Council on Child Advocacy. He also chaired the Child Health Corporation of America and was a member of the American Hospital Association’s Maternal Child Health Governing Council. He is immediate past chairman of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and past chair of the Children’s Miracle Network Board. Considine served on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Health Care Payment Innovation and OHA’s Task Force on Health Care Transformation.
Throughout his career, Considine has embraced a philosophy of servant above self. Akron Children’s Hospital has a proud 128-year history of caring for children, and the hospital’s mission of service has thrived under his guidance.

2018 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.

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Phil Ennen
President and CEO
Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers

Phil Ennen is a vital advocate for hospitals and health care. He joined Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in 1987 as vice president for operations and was named president and CEO in 2008. Ennen is committed to the local community of Bryan, where he grew up. He is the founding member of Williams County coalition to confront rampant addiction issues through long-term and comprehensive community education.
He initiated a collaboration with Williams County public schools to bring school-based mental health counseling services professionals into schools. Ennen in 2009 conceived and implemented “Project 2020,” a community funding project raising about $260,000 in seed funding to be available in 2020.
Ennen’s commitment to health care leadership extends beyond his hospital and local community. He appeared in 2017 before the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy & Communications Committee testifying on the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. In 2013 he testified before the Ohio House Finance Health and Human Services subcommittee regarding Medicaid expansion. Ennen served as chair of the OHA Board of Trustees in 2014 and currently serves as chair of OHA’s Institute for Health Innovation and OHA’s Friends of Ohio Hospitals Political Action Committee Board. In 2015 he earned the Friends of Ohio Hospitals Most Valuable PAC Player Award and in 2011 OHA bestowed him the Leadership Through Advocacy award. 
Ennen is a member of the Bryan Area Foundation, and previous served on the boards of Northwest State Community College and Bryan City School District Board of Education. Phil served as president of the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce in 2002. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and his master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University.

2018 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

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Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is the largest sepsis advocacy organization in the U.S. working in all 50 states to save lives and reduce suffering from sepsis. Founded in 2007 by Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, who lost his 23-year-old daughter to sepsis, the nonprofit organization is dedicated to raising awareness of sepsis by educating patients, families and health care professionals to treat sepsis as a medical emergency.
Sepsis Alliance gives a voice to the millions of people who have been touched by sepsis – to the survivors, and the friends and family members of those who have survived or who have died. The Sepsis Alliance team produces information and educational material to help the general public become aware of sepsis, and for professionals who can then help the public learn about sepsis when it does strike.
Accepting on behalf of the Sepsis Alliance is Jim O’Brien, MD, MS, system vice president, Quality & Patient Safety with OhioHealth. O’Brien serves as a physician adviser to OHA’s Statewide Sepsis Initiative and is past board chair of the Sepsis Alliance. O’Brien is also co-founder of Spike Out Sepsis, an annual sand volleyball tournament to benefit Sepsis Alliance. Spike Out Sepsis has given rise to similar events in several other communities and celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year.

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