Gov. DeWine Convenes Advisory Group with OHA Staff, Board Members to Prepare for COVID-19

Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday convened a group of health advisors from the Ohio Hospital Association staff, OHA Board, member hospitals and the Columbus medical community to advise the governor as the state continues its preparations for the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 

“As we learn more about COVID-19 and its spread in the United States, I am grateful for the expertise of these medical professionals who will help advise the state on strategies to deal with the disease and the best medical practices and procedures,” DeWine said in announcing the group’s role.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 and resources, the state has opened a dedicated website at Additionally, OHA has aggregated the resources of the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association at 

OHA staff members included on the Executive Advisory Group are: Janet Bay, MD, vice president, Clinical Leadership Affairs; and Jim Guliano, vice president, Quality Programs.

OHA Board members included are: Richard Lofgren, MD, president and CEO, UC Health and OHA Board chair-elect; Michael Canady, MD, CEO, Holzer Health System; and Bruce White, president and CEO, Knox Community Hospital and past-chair of the OHA Board.

Health systems represented include: Ann Hamilton, executive director of Public and Government Affairs and Robert Wyllie, MD, chief of Medical Operations, Cleveland Clinic; William W. Brien, MD,  chief quality and medical officer, University Hospitals; Pamela Jensen, president, ProMedica Memorial Hospital and ProMedica Fostoria Hospital; Andrew W. Thomas, MD, chief medical officer, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; and Bruce T. Vanderhoff, MD,  chief medical officer, OhioHealth.

Other advisory group members include: T. Laurence (Larry) Blosser, MD, corporate medical director Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians; Michael Brady, MD, retired associate medical director and co-medical director for Patient Safety, Nationwide Children’s Hospital; and Robert Kose, MD, Toledo Hospice Northwest Ohio Medical Physicians.