OHA was founded by a group of 60 hospital leaders at the Hotel Breakers (Cedar Point) in Sandusky, Ohio on August 25, 1915.
Breakers Hotel, 1905
Discussions of formation began in 1914 during an American Hospital Association meeting. This historic event in 1915 is remembered as OHA’s inaugural annual meeting. Dr. Eli R. Crew, superintendent of Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital was unanimously elected president. OHA focused on social and legislative matters pertaining to hospitals and health care.
During the founding meeting, OHA leaders examined the effects of the Harrison Narcotic Act, a federal statute that became effective December 17, 1914. The Act required that hospitals keep records of opium and coca leaf compounds given to patients, register the drugs with the Internal Revenue Department and pay taxes accordingly. OHA was credited for developing the logistics and administrating the Act as there were no mechanisms established for record-keeping and registration requirements.
OHA’s 1918 convention was moved from Cleveland to Columbus in response to the federal government’s discouragement of unnecessary travel during World War I. Convention topics focused on the war, hospital standardization policies and the perennial problem of workers’ compensation.
In 1922, the OHA Board hired a full-time field secretary to travel throughout the state and meet with superintendents of smaller hospitals.
OHA celebrated its 10th Anniversary at the 1925 annual convention in Cedar Point. The opening address was provided by Mary E. Yager, RN, OHA’s first woman president.
In the 1950s, the OHA Plant and Maintenance Committee inaugurated a Safety in Hospitals campaign to reduce accidents among hospital employees – this resulted in a substantial reduction in premiums to the Bureau of Workers Compensation.
OHA started the first public relations internships in hospitals in the 1960s at Ohio University; the program, the first in the country, received much national publicity.
National recognition of hospital patient safety and health care quality programming at the regional and state level. In 2002, OHA’s significant quality improvement achievement efforts were recognized by the Joint Commission’s Codman Award for our development of process improvement benchmarks, targeting acute myocardial infarction rates in the Dayton region.
In 2014, OHA received the American Hospital Association's Award of Honor for its energy and sustainability program.
Centennial Membership Planning Committee
OHA invited key past and present board and staff leaders to serve on its honorary Member Centennial Committee. Committee members convened for a half-day session on December 8, 2014 in Columbus.
The group discussed OHA’s past milestones, accomplishments, and influencers. They also heard from current staff about the highlights of OHA today.
Planning committee members include:
Charlie Adkins, former OHA Board chair, Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis
Jack Bartell, former OHA Board chair
St. Luke’s Hospital, Maumee
Tom Breitenbach, former OHA Board chair, Premier Health, Dayton
Jim Castle, former OHA president/CEO (retired)
John Clough, MD, former OHA Board member
Bill Considine, former OHA Board member, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Akron
Jack Cook, former OHA Board chair, the Health Alliance, Cincinnati
Mel Creeley, former OHA Board chair
East Liverpool City Hospital
Phil Ennen, 2014 OHA Board chair
Community Hospitals of Williams County, Bryan (current)
Scott Fry, president
Hospital Council of NW Ohio, Toledo (current)
Bill Harding, former OHA Board chair
Union Hospital, Dover
Larry Harkness, former OHA Board chair
Dayton Children’s Hospital
Chip Hubbs, 2015 OHA Board chair
Memorial Health, Marysville (current)
Sister Judith Ann Karam, Congregational Leader
Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine & OHA member (current)
Jim Kingsbury, former OHA Board chair,
Fort Hamilton Hospital and UC Health, Cincinnati
Pat Martin, former OHA Board member, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk
Cynthia Moore-Hardy, current OHA Board member/officer (chair-elect), Lake Health, Painesville
Cathy Nelson, former OHA Board chair
St. Charles Hospital, Oregon and United Health Partnership, Toledo
Bill Ruse, former OHA Board chair
Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay
Jack Sandman, former OHA Board chair
St. Ann’s Hospital, Columbus
L. Jon Schurmeier, former OHA Board chair, Southwest General Hospital, Middleburg Heights
Tom Sieber, former OHA Board chair
Genesis HealthCare System, Zanesville
Mina Ubbing, former OHA Board chair, Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster
Terry White, former OHA Board chair