Ohio Hospital Newswire


OHA Announces Honorees for Annual June Awards Celebration




In recognition of National Hospital Week,  OHA today announced 62 nominees for Health Care Worker of the Year, three Health Care Leadership Award recipients and an OHA Health Care Hall of Fame inductee to be recognized at the annual OHA Recognition Dinner on June 5.
Held in conjunction with the OHA Annual Meeting June 4-6 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, the recognition dinner celebrates outstanding hospital caregivers and health care leaders statewide. National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the men and women who, day in and day out, support the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication.
Ohio hospitals employ more than 250,000 committed individuals, and each year we invite member hospitals and health systems to nominate one outstanding professional for Health Care Worker of the Year. The award was created in 1996 to honor 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.
In addition, OHA presents several leadership awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the hospital industry and health care field in Ohio.
The 2018 recipients are:
  • Sister Judith Ann Karam, Sisters of Charity Health System and Sisters of Charity St. Augustine, will be inducted into OHA’s Health Care Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, created to commemorate the association’s centennial, honors men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to the delivery of health care for Ohioans.
  • William Considine, president, Akron Children’s Hospital, will receive OHA’s Donald R. Newkirk Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the health care field in Ohio and is named for the man who led OHA for 27 years.
  • Phil Ennen, president and CEO, Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers, 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.
  • Sepsis Alliance 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. In 1914, he led Ohio hospital administrators to an organizational meeting at Cedar Point, Sandusky where OHA was founded.
All Health Care Worker of the Year nominees are invited to attend the OHA’s awards ceremony in June where the finalists and ultimate recipient will be revealed. Registration information is available at and reserved seating is available through May 17.
Hospitals are encouraged to cover the cost of the dinner for their nominee(s). For questions about registration, please contact Sherri Cohen at or 614-221-7614.
For more details about today’s announcement, view the OHA news release.
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