Ohio Hospital Association President and CEO Mike Abrams has been appointed to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s Executive Workforce Board for a term beginning Oct. 31, 2019.
The Governor's Executive Workforce Board engages communities, state agencies and stakeholders in Ohio to identify ways to prepare Ohioans with skills needed for in-demand jobs. Governor's Executive Workforce Board members are responsible for advising the governor, lieutenant governor and the Office of Workforce Transformation about emerging workforce needs, solutions and best practices.
“I am honored to join Gov. DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and Ohio business leaders to strengthen workforce development efforts. As leading employers in their communities, our member hospitals profoundly impact our state’s economy," Abrams continued, "I am eager to explore how we can recruit, retain and grow a workforce equipped to embrace the growing opportunities in our industry and improve employment options for Ohioans across the state.”
Hospitals employed more than 255,000 Ohioans and paid more than $18.1 billion in direct wages in 2017 generating more than $31.4 billion in economic impact in Ohio. Ohio hospitals are economic drivers in their communities. Four of Ohio's top 10 employers are hospitals or health systems according to the May 2019 report from the Ohio Department of Development Services Agency.
Hospitals have diverse and critical staffing needs. OHA created a suite of workforce solutions to help members recruit permanent employees and fill urgent needs with temporary staffing in a variety of clinical and administrative fields. Last month OHA partnered with the Ohio Association of Community Colleges to host a workforce summit dedicated to health care. The event was attended by nearly 150 representatives from Ohio hospitals and community colleges. Click here for more information about Abrams appointment.