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OHA Annual Meeting

OHA invites hospital professionals and corporate partners from across the state to attend the annual meeting in Columbus each year. Thank you to all those who attended the 2018 OHA Annual Meeting!

Please save the dates and plan to join us June 3-5 for the 2019 OHA Annual Meeting. 

The OHA Annual Meeting offers a premier opportunity for health care providers and administrators at all levels to gain valuable insight about statewide industry trends, to network with their peers and achieve a better understanding of the health care issues and policies most likely to impact their organizations. 

This three-day event features more than 80 education sessions, keynote presentations by national leaders and special recognition events. The conference offers approved contact hours for many disciplines, including an ACHE track offering Face-to-Face credits.

Click to access the 2018 OHA Annual Meeting handouts and evaluations and photos from the event.

2019 Call for Presentations

Representatives from member hospitals and health systems, related organizations and OHA Corporate Partners are invited to complete the 2019 Call for Presentations by Dec. 14. 

Presentation proposals should be designed for a 55-minute time slot and can be submitted on any topic, but several program tracks generally emerge. Examples of past tracks include Ohio’s opioid crisis, health care reform, compliance, data and technology, patient experience, health and wellness, risk management, quality and patient safety, physician leadership, and more.
The selection committee is interested in proposals that offer unique learning objectives and strategies, new or different solutions, collaboration, skill building, research findings and/or new methods of practice. Preference will be given to proposals that involve a member hospital partner or corporate partner, but that is not the sole determining factor in selection. Proposals will be accepted from now through Dec. 14. Selected presenters will be notified by March 2019.

Contact Casey Strader at or 614-221-7614 with questions. 

Highlights from 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Award Recipients:
OHA Health Care Hall of Fame Inductee 
  • Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, FACHE, congregational leader, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and immediate past president and CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System
Donald R. Newkirk Award
  • William Considine, FACHE, president and CEO, Akron Children’s Hospital
James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award
  • Phil Ennen, president and CEO, Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers
Dr. Eli Crew Community Service Excellence Award
  • Sepsis Alliance
2018 Health Care Worker of the Year
  • Joseph Jeffries, RPh, pharmacy director, Barnesville Hospital Association Inc.
2018 Health Care Worker of the Year Finalists
  • Linda Maloy of Avita Health System
  • Michelle Stratton of Blanchard Valley Hospital
  • Collins Uzuegbu of Mercy Health Lorain Region
  • Amy Preble of ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital
Health Care Worker of the Year Nominees

2018 Leadership Through Advocacy Award
  • Jean Halpin, president, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital
2018 Friends of Ohio Hospitals PAC MVP Award
  • Fred Manchur, chief executive officer, Kettering Health Network
American Hospital Association's 2018 Grassroots Champion Award 
  • Bruce White, CEO, Knox Community Hospital
John Chapman Award
  • Cleveland Clinic

Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award (of the 16 recipients, 9 nominees, denoted with a star, were considered for OHA’s John Chapman Award)

  • Atrium Medical Center*
  • Barnesville Hospital*
  • Fairfield Medical Center
  • Henry County Hospital*
  • Mercy Health—Youngstown*
  • Springfield Regional Medical Center
  • St. Rita’s Medical Center
  • Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital*
  • Mount Carmel Health System*
  • The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center*
  • St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
  • Summa Health System
  • TriHealth System*
  • University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center
  • Wright-Patterson Medical Center*
Ohio Patient Safety Institute's Best Practice Award
  • Cleveland Clinic 
  • Licking Memorial Health Systems
OPSI Best Practice Award Honorable Mentions:
  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General
  • Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital
Statewide Hospital Occipational Safety Campaign
  • Group 1: Diley Ridge Medical Center
  • Group 2: Ohio Valley Home Health Services East Liverpool
  • Group 3: Summa Health System
  • Group 4: Licking Memorial Hospital
  • Group 5: Marietta Memorial Hospital
  • Group 6: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
William C. Kelley Safety Leadership Award
  • ProMedica Bay Park Hospital

Benefits of Attendance

  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for many disciplines at no charge
  • American College for Health care Executives track offering Face-to-Face credits
  • Network with peers, leading experts and health care professionals at all levels from around the state
  • Explore new and innovative solutions at the general sessions, keynote speaker events and the luncheons 
  • Celebrate outstanding caregivers, leaders and hospitals for their stellar service to patient care and their communities at the annual recognition dinner
  • Browse the latest products and services offered by OHA's Corporate Partners 
  • More than 80 professional development sessions in the following hospital management tracks:
  • Data and Technology
  • Facilities Management
  • Finance
  • Hospital Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Legal and Compliance
  • Nursing Leadership
  • Opiate Crisis
  • Physician Leadership
  • Physician Relations/Recruitment
  • Public Relations
  • Quality & Patient Safety
  • Risk Management 


Conveniently located in central Ohio at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center, the OHA Annual Meeting is held in a unique setting with more than 200 shopping, dining and entertainment venues for attendees to explore.

Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

Phone: 614-414-5000
Fax: 614-414-5100


Employees, medical staff, trustees and volunteers of OHA member hospitals and health systems and OHA Corporate Partners may register for the education or vendor components at no cost. Some optional special events or meal functions do require a registration fee, and payment must be made by credit card when you register online.


Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities 

Annual Meeting exhibit and sponsorship opportunities are reserved for OHA Corporate Partners. As a corporate partner, you can reserve an exhibit space for the event and have the opportunity to sponsor a track, special event or luncheon. 

OHA Corporate Partner Program     

Please contact Cliff Lehman with questions about the OHA Corporate Partner Program.


If you have additional questions about the event, registration or sponsorship, please contact 614-221-7614.

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