Hospital Week 2019 - OHA Health Care Worker of the Year Nominees and Leadership Award Honorees

Columbus, Ohio-43215 (May 17, 2019) – In recognition of National Hospital Week, May 12-17, the Ohio Hospital Association today announced 64 nominees for the 2019 Health Care Worker of the Year Award, and the honorees of its annual leadership awards to be recognized at the annual OHA Recognition Dinner, during the association’s annual meeting June 3-5 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

“Ohio hospitals are cornerstones of the communities they serve, providing high quality compassionate care delivered by more than 255,000 employees,” said Mike Abrams, OHA president and CEO. “The leadership and community contributions of the honorees and nominees for our statewide awards are truly exemplary. We celebrate their accomplishments and their impact on health care for Ohioans.”

This year’s leadership award honorees are:
  • Randy Oostra, DM, FACHE (Toledo), president and CEO, ProMedica, 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. 
  • Scott Malaney (Findlay), president and CEO, Blanchard Valley Health System, 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. 
  • Thomas McDonald (Cleveland), trustee, Board of Trustees, The MetroHealth System 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.

Each year OHA invites member hospitals and health systems to nominate one outstanding professional for consideration for Health Care Worker of the Year. The award, created in 1996, honors hospital employees who demonstrate leadership, reflect the mission and values of their institutions, go above and beyond the call of duty and give back to the community. All nominees will be recognized at OHA’s awards dinner on June 4 where the finalists and ultimate recipient will be revealed. 

About Randy Oostra (click here for photo)

Oostra is the president and chief executive officer of ProMedica, overseeing the not-for-profit mission-based, integrated healthcare organization headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. He was named president and CEO of ProMedica in 2009, after more than a decade of leading a number of the hospitals in the ProMedica system. Prior to this role, he served as president and chief operating officer. He joined ProMedica in June 1997. 

He has worked in health care throughout his nearly 40-year career. Prior to that, he held senior positions at several health facilities in Minnesota, Michigan and South Dakota. Oostra is regarded as one of the nation’s top leaders in health care and has earned a spot on several prestigious listings, which include Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and one of Becker's Healthcare's 100 great Leaders in Healthcare. He also received the American Heart Association’s Pulse of Toledo Award in 2018. He received the AHA Grassroots Champion Award for Ohio in 2015. Oostra has been recognized nationally for his focus on the social determinants of health, with a particular emphasis on hunger, shelter and education, helping to advance a national conversation about how health systems can provide more comprehensive, integrated and coordinated mental health services in northwest Ohio and Toledo neighborhoods.

He has a strong commitment to the healthcare industry and community and serves on the board of trustees of the following national organizations: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust and The Root Cause Coalition, which ProMedica founded. Oostra also served as a member of the AHA Regional Policy Board, Region V. He serves on the board of trustees for his alma mater, Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and the following organizations in northwest Ohio: Regional Growth Partnership, Toledo Museum of Art, Downtown Development Corporation, and Toledo Symphony as the chair. Oostra is also a member of the Ohio and Michigan Hospital Associations and a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in Management from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northwestern College.

About Scott Malaney (click here for photo)
Malaney has been the CEO and president of the Blanchard Valley Health System for 19 years and has dedicated those years to improving the quality of healthcare in Findlay, as well as the State of Ohio and nationally. Under his leadership, Blanchard Valley has grown to a multi-site, integrated system, serving eight counties. He has ensured exceptional quality and service. BVHS has been on a Baldrige Journey, and has achieved Gold Level recognition through The Partnership for Excellence. He has been an industry leader, serving on the AHA Board and the Joint Commission Board, and is frequently consulted by industry leaders regarding healthcare trends and issues. Malaney is actively engaged in serving the community in many ways, which includes his key role in establishing the Miracle League Field in Findlay, Ohio. This stadium provides a safe environment for special needs children to play baseball and was the site of the international Miracle League All Star Game in 2018. Additionally, he has chaired the Hancock County Alliance Board, which is the economic development group for Findlay and Hancock counties.   

Under his leadership and quest for excellence, BVHS is one of approximately 35 hospitals in the nation to achieve Truven 100 Top Hospitals six times as well as US New and World Reports Best Nursing Homes four times. Malaney is committed to excellence and is a champion for Zero Harm for both associates and patients of Blanchard Valley Health System and is working to achieve the standards of a high reliability organization system wide. Malaney has expanded primary care and specialty services in the eight-county region surrounding Findlay, to include a nationally recognized open-heart surgery program, Level II obstetrics and special care nursery, trauma designation through the American College of Surgeons, chest pain center accreditation, primary stroke designation, a MOM’s program for opioid addicted pregnant women, and a nationally acclaimed robotics program. 

The organization’s robotics program, using four daVinci robots at Blanchard Valley Hospital and Bluffton Hospital, is one of two health systems in Northwest Ohio to have completed more than 5000 robotic surgeries. In 2014, Malaney championed the creation of a regional cancer center, which has greatly improved local access and quality in the delivery of cancer services to those in need. He advocates for collaboration between community hospitals. This includes opportunities in areas such as hyperbaric oxygen services, wound care, support services and human resource collaboration. His vision of an integrated health network has advanced services throughout the region, the state and nation. He works with community partners to promote wellness and health improvement and has worked nationally through the American Hospital Association (AHA), to advance quality. He chaired the AHA committee to decrease variation in health care. Additionally, he worked with the CDC to promote antibiotic stewardship, and has achieved excellence in standardizing care for joint replacement surgery. Malaney is committed to collaboration between regional community hospitals and continues to serve through OHA to promote this value. He has lived the mission of Blanchard Valley Health System as a community partner and continues to boldly seek new achievements in health care excellence.

About Thomas McDonald (click here for photo)

McDonald joined The MetroHealth System’s Board of Trustees in 2008. He has served in various leadership positions of the Board including chairman. He has dedicated 11 years and countless hours of service on MetroHealth’s Board. He has used his expertise, experience and devotion to help reshape MetroHealth. McDonald is a successful entrepreneur and business owner. And he's served long tenures with other community entities, including Goodwill Industries and the Cleveland Ballet. He knows The MetroHealth System is essential, for the community’s health and well-being, for its economy and for its future. Under McDonald’s leadership on the Board, MetroHealth has achieved financial solvency, operational excellence and increase health care services in the Cleveland communities. MetroHealth is now available at more than 70 sites across Cuyahoga County and that 97 percent of county residents now live within 10 minutes of a MetroHealth provider. 

Prior to founding McDonald Partners, McDonald served as president and CEO for Wayne Hummer Investments in Chicago, Illinois from 2003-2005. McDonald had total responsibility for the P & L of the company and was responsible for growing the company through the addition of high-quality financial advisors to service high net worth clients of the parent company’s banks. At the same time, McDonald developed products and services that allowed Wayne Hummer to change from a transaction-based firm to one focused on planning-based wealth management. This focus allowed for the growth of assets under management and other fee-based business. During his tenure at McDonald Investments, he served on various committees including McDonald Investments’ Board of Directors, the firm’s Capital Commitment Committee and the Compliance Committee.