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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.


Richard Pulice, PA
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Richard serves America’s heroes both in his service as a physician assistant specializing in Gastroenterology for the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and for the Ohio Air National Guard. He routinely goes above and beyond to help the Veterans he serves at the VA Center by providing cutting-edge, less evasive gastroenterology services, educating and inspiring the next generation of physician assistants, as well as going the extra mile to ensure his co-workers are safe and cared for with the same degree of empathy he gives to his patients. Through his service in the Ohio Air National Guard, Richard takes his medical skills abroad to assist with global health concerns. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his service. According to his nomination, “Richard is a true leader, innovator and tremendously caring medical provider.”   


The deadline to submit 2017 nominations has passed.  In addition to completing the online nomination, two digital photographs must be submitted for each nominee:
  • 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.


  • Each hospital is permitted to nominate one individual.
  • Health systems are encouraged to submit nominations from each of their hospitals but may select one nominee to represent the entire health system.
  • Eligible persons must be a current employee of an Ohio Hospital Association member hospital. The nominee should be a direct caregiver but that is not a requirement. Support personnel are also eligible if they exemplify the qualities represented by this award.
  • Physicians are not eligible to receive the award.


Nominations are scored on the following criteria. A total of 60 points is possible. 
  • Summary (for use in keepsake publication and on the OHA website)
  • Great leader (20 points)
  • Goes beyond the call of duty (20 points)
  • Reflects the mission and values of his or her organization (10 points)
  • Gives back to the community (10 points)


All nominees will be honored and celebrated during the OHA Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, June 13 when we will announce the finalists and ultimate recipient.


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