OHA Celebrates National Hospital Week 2019: May 12 - 18

Columbus, Ohio-43215 (May 13, 2019) – In recognition of National Hospital Week, the Ohio Hospital Association celebrates the vital role of Ohio hospital’s focus on patient education and engagement to make Ohio communities healthier, safer and more productive. This week OHA will announce the honorees of the organization’s annual leadership awards and will announce the 64 nominees for Health Care Worker of the Year to be named at OHA’s 104th Annual Meeting in June.

“Ohio hospitals are the crown jewels of every community they serve,” said Mike Abrams, OHA president and CEO. “These remarkable institutions are providing vital health care services, leading community wellness initiatives, researching new medical treatments, and sustaining local and state economies.” Previous nominees and winners of the Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year Award are featured in a new video produced by OHA, Healing Ohio Communities. The video demonstrates the role of Ohio hospitals as told by the health care providers working the front lines impacting the patient experience and community wellness. 

With more than $3 billion invested annually in community health and wellness programs, Ohio hospitals are working to ensure a healthy Ohio. Hospitals employed more than 255,000 Ohioans and paid more than $18.1 billion in direct wages in 2017. Ohio hospitals generated $31.4 billion in total economic impact by supporting an additional 280,000 indirect jobs and $13.3 billion in indirect wages.

Patients had 33.7 million encounters at Ohio hospitals in 2017. Of those, 26.6 million were outpatient, 1.5 million inpatient and 5.6 million Emergency Room treated and released encounters. In 2017, 135,929 babies were born in Ohio hospitals. Ohio is the home of internationally renowned hospitals for adults and children. Patients traveled to Ohio for care in 2017 from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and numerous countries abroad. OHA's member hospitals in 2019 include: 187 acute care hospitals; 22 long-term acute care facilities; 28 psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty surgical hospitals; 33 critical access hospitals, 53 teaching hospitals; and nine children's hospitals.