RECAP: OHA Annual Meeting Day Two

Keynote Address:

Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Kevin Hines, spoke about mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Hines is an award-winning international speaker, author and mental health advocate. He has been featured in the critically acclaimed film, “The Bridge” and in hundreds of radio, film and television media outlets.
Energy & Sustainability Luncheon:

During Tuesday’s Energy and Sustainability luncheon ceremony, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center received OHA’s John Chapman Award for a comprehensive program to reduce the hospital’s ecological footprint. The Chapman Award recognizes a hospital or health system that demonstrates excellence in initiating or supporting pollution prevention programs. The award is named after John Chapman or “Johnny Appleseed,” who planted thousands of apple trees across the Midwest during the 19th century

Recognition Dinner:

The Ohio Hospital Association recognized 64 Ohio Health Care Worker of the Year nominees  during our annual Recognition Dinner event.

Dennis Hanlon, BSN, RN, shift supervisor-nursing administration, Mercy Health - Willard Hospital received the Association’s annual Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year award. The award is given each year to one Ohio hospital caregiver who personifies a leader, gives back to the community and routinely goes beyond the call of duty.

From the 64 nominees, there were five finalists chosen, then the award winner. The finalists included:
  • Jessica Kinsey, director of social services and integrated care, Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital
  • Dee Guttadore, RN, administrative director of nursing and emergency room, Sycamore Medical Center
  • Jennifer Brodsky, RN, trauma program manager, West Chester Hospital
  • Melissa Noble, senior clinical athletic trainer, sports medicine, Wilson Health
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 were recognized at OHA’s awards dinner.

OHA also presented leadership awards to industry leaders:

Randy Oostra, president and CEO, ProMedica, received OHA’s Donald R. Newkirk Award which recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the health care profession in Ohio. The award is named for Don Newkirk who led OHA for 27 years.

Scott Malaney, president and CEO, Blanchard Valley Health System, received 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, trustee, The MetroHealth System, received 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.

Dan Leite of Columbus delivered the keynote address at the Recognition Dinner. Leite is a heart transplant recipient who has completed 154 marathons and three Iron Man Triathlons. Leite shared with the audience of about 600 award nominees and guests how his life has been impacted by all the various health care professionals, at every level, who have been part of his illness, transplant and recovery.

Editor’s note: For a link to the event photo album, click here.