Health Care Leaders, Ohio National Guard Receive Association's Leadership Awards June 14

Columbus, Ohio-43215 – In recognition of National Hospital Week, May 8-14, the Ohio Hospital Association today announced the inductees of the OHA Health Care Hall of Fame and the honorees of its annual leadership awards.

Photos from the awards presentation at OHA Celebration Dinner program on June 14 are available by clicking here.


Charles F. Kettering (August 29, 1876 – November 25, 1958), medical philanthropist and inventor will be inducted into OHA’s Health Care Hall of Fame.

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Richard “Rick” Vincent, president and CEO (retired), Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, will be inducted into OHA’s Health Care Hall of Fame. 

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Ed Roth (Canton), president and CEO (retired), Aultman Health Foundation, will receive OHA’s Donald R. Newkirk Award. The award is named for Don Newkirk who led OHA for 27 years and recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the health care profession in Ohio.   

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Michael Fisher (Cincinnati), president and CEO (retired), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will receive OHA’s James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award, which honors an individual whose professional attainments embody qualities of an outstanding leader or mentor for service to the health care community. This award is named for OHA’s president and CEO for 23 years, from 1989 through 2011. 

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Ohio National Guard will receive OHA’s Dr. Eli Crew Community Service Excellence Award. This award recognizes an individual’s or organization’s support of the health care industry. The award is named in honor of Dr. Eli R. Crew, former superintendent of Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital and OHA’s first president. In 1914, he led Ohio hospital administrators to an organizational meeting at Cedar Point, Sandusky where OHA was founded.


Awards will be presented during OHA’s 107th Annual Meeting event at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on June 14 at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature keynote speaker Joe DeLoss, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Hot Chicken Takeover.


Charles Kettering

Charles Franklin Kettering’s commitment as a medical philanthropist and inventor led to important contributions to health care in Ohio and the world. 

Kettering’s book of patents contains more than 300 separate applications, including those that transformed the retail and auto industries – a credit approval system that was a precursor to today's credit cards, the electric cash register and the electric starter, lighting system and color paints for automobiles. His diverse patents range from a portable lighting system for farms to a World War I aerial missel and an incubator for premature infants He had interest in the development of diesel engines, solar energy, and was a pioneer in the application of magnetism to medical diagnostic techniques. He was awarded honorary degrees from 36 educational institutions, including doctorates from Northwestern University, New York University, Columbia University and Harvard University. Among his many honors was being elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 1927, he founded the Kettering Foundation, a non-partisan research foundation, “to sponsor and carry out scientific research for the benefit of humanity.” In 1945, he helped found what became the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, based on the premise that American industrial research techniques could be applied to cancer research. His son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Virginia, created Kettering Medical Center in Ohio, as a tribute to Charles Kettering's life and his work in health care research. The former General Motors Institute in 1998 changed its name to Kettering University to honor Kettering as a founder.

Kettering was born on a farm near Loudonville, Ohio, August 29, 1876. After graduation from high school, he accepted a teaching position in a one-room rural school. Although highly successful as a teacher, his mind was set on going to college. In the summer of 1896, he entered the College of Wooster (Ohio). As a result of long and intense hours of study, his eyesight deteriorated to the point that he was forced to leave college and return to teaching. In 1898, he entered the engineering school at Ohio State, but again his poor eyesight forced him to drop out during his freshman year. For the next two years he worked on a telephone line crew, and then once again entered Ohio State, finally completing his electrical engineering degree in 1904. After graduation, Kettering took a job in the inventions department at the National Cash Register Company (NCR) in Dayton, Ohio. Following a series of strokes, he died on November 24, 1958.

Richard “Rick” Vincent
Vincent began serving the osteopathic profession in 1971 and became president and CEO of Doctors Hospital in 1988 and served as Osteopathic Heritage Foundations president and CEO from 1995 until his retirement in December 2017. He has been a longtime champion and tireless advocate of osteopathic medical education and research at the local, state and national levels, and was instrumental in establishing the Heritage College’s CORE clinical teaching network, which has evolved into what is now the Clinical Education Network.

He served at Doctors Hospital for over 27 years, holding numerous positions including president/CEO and executive vice president and chief operation officer. The OHF was founded as a successor to the foundations for Doctors Hospitals in Columbus and Nelsonville when these hospitals were sold to OhioHealth in 1998. Since then, the OHF has vigorously pursued its goals of improving community health and promoting the osteopathic philosophy.

Vincent’s many honors from the osteopathic community attest to his visionary leadership that has led to significant advancements in osteopathic medical education, research and the communities-at-large. His honors include receiving the American Osteopathic Association’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award and the Heritage College’s Phillips Medal of Public Service in 2000. Vincent was named an honorary alumnus of the college in 2005. In 2015 he received OHA’s Donald Newkirk Award. Ohio University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree to Vincent in September 2021.

Ed Roth
Roth led the Aultman Health Foundation in Canton for 20 years until his retirement on July 1, 2021. Under Ed’s leadership, Aultman has grown from its campus in Canton to a network of facilities that spans seven counties throughout Northeast Ohio. Among many other achievements, that growth includes making Aultman Orrville and Aultman Alliance Community Hospitals part of our system, establishing a collaborative relationship with Akron Children’s and Pomerene Hospitals, opening the Aultman Massillon free-standing emergency department, evolving the Aultman School of Nursing to become Aultman College, establishing The Aultman Foundation, creating the Aultman Specialty Hospital, growing and expanding Aultman Hospital, Aultman Deuble Heart and Vascular Hospital, AultCare and PrimeTime Health Plan, joining with North Canton Medical Group to create Aultman North Canton Medical Center, building Aultman Woodlawn and the Aultman Women’s Board’s Compassionate Care Center and planning the Timken Family Cancer Center. 

Roth joined Aultman Health Foundation in 1981 as materials management director. He held a succession of positions including chief operating officer of Aultman Hospital. In addition, he served as interim chief executive officer of Alliance Community Hospital, managed PrimeTime Health Plan and designed and developed the six-story physicians’ office building on Aultman’s main campus in Canton. He became president and CEO in 2001.

A long-time community leader and a Canton native, Roth served as chair of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Trustees, vice chair of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, a member of the Hall of Fame Resort and Entertainment Company Board and a member of the Stark County Catholic Schools Board. His past board and community service with many organizations includes work with the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stark Development Board, United Way of Stark County, Walsh University, Canton Central Catholic High School, Junior Achievement, the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and Team NEO.

Michael Fisher 
Fisher became president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2010. He retired from that position in November 2021. The organization’s patient services, financial strength, and reputation grew significantly under his leadership. For more than a decade while Fisher was CEO, Cincinnati Children’s ranked No. 4 or higher in U.S. News & World Report’s survey of Best Children’s Hospitals. Philanthropy that helps boost research and patient care also grew dramatically under Fisher’s leadership, averaging nearly $50 million annually and hitting an all-time high of $86 million in 2020.

Fisher chaired an international network of more than 140 pediatric hospitals – the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety – since its inception over 10 years ago through 2021. The network’s efforts saved more than 18,000 children from serious harm and an estimated $421.9 million in healthcare costs.

A strong advocate for children and healthy communities, Fisher guided the medical center’s effort to help kids in Greater Cincinnati become the nation’s healthiest. In 2021, Cincinnati Children’s launched the HealthVine network of pediatric care providers and organizations, which coordinates excellent, equitable, and value-based care and support services for 135,000 children and their families across Southwest Ohio. 

While leading Cincinnati Children’s, Fisher received numerous honors and recognitions. For example, Modern Healthcare included him among the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. And recently, the Cincinnati Business Courier recognized Fisher with the publication’s 2022 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award. Fisher has provided board leadership to numerous nonprofit and civic causes. In addition to having been co-chair of the Child Poverty Collaborative, he helped lead the Cincinnati business community task force that outlined how to achieve a robust, inclusive, and safe restart of the local economy amid the pandemic. 

Fisher also has provided board service to a range of companies in the insurance, specialty chemical, distribution, and flexible packaging industries. A Cincinnati native, Fisher is a graduate of Stanford University. He and his wife, Suzette, have four adult children.

Ohio National Guard 
Ohio has more than 16,000 Soldiers and Airmen in the Ohio National Guard. The National Guard supports local authorities during natural and man-made disasters and deploys for federal homeland defense missions. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted Ohio hospitals significantly in Dec. 2021 through Feb. 2022 resulting in record hospitalizations and increased community spread of Delta and Omicron variants in the state. Nearly 2,000 Guard members assisted at 18 COVID testing centers and 62 hospitals across the state as part of clinical and general support teams. The first teams began on-site hospital support Dec. 22, 2021, and the last teams completed the mission Feb. 22, 2022. OHA worked with our member hospitals to determine needs and coordinated with the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio National Guard to deploy Guard members to hospitals. Ohio hospitals appreciate this important support at a critical time where caregivers are working aggressively to meet the health care needs of our communities.