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Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year

The Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award is presented each year to one Ohio caregiver who personifies a leader, gives back to the community, reflects the mission and values of his or her organization and routinely goes beyond the call of duty.

Congratulations 2019 Nominees

OHA is proud to celebrate 64 nominees for the 2019 Health Care Worker of the Year Award.
  • Click here for pictures of the 2019 Health Care Worker of the Year Award finalists and winner.
2020 honorees will be recognized at the annual recognition dinner event on June 9 in Columbus where finalists and the ultimate recipient will be announced.

2019 Winner and Honorees

Congratulations to this year's Health Care Worker of the Year:

  • Dennis Hanlon, BSN, RN, shift supervisor-nursing administration, Mercy Health Willard Hospital

2019 Finalists:

  • 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 (Kettering Health)
  • Jennifer Brodsky, RN, trauma program manager, West Chester Hospital (UC Health)
  • Melissa Noble, senior clinical athletic trainer, sports medicine, Wilson Health


Each hospital is invited to nominate one individual who has not been nominated by that organization before. Health systems may submit one nomination on behalf of each of their hospitals, or select one nominee to represent the entire health system.

Eligible persons must be a current employee of an OHA member hospital. The nominee should be a direct caregiver but that is not a requirement. Support personnel are also eligible is they exemplify the qualities represented by this award.

Physicians are not eligible to be nominated or to receive the award. Physicians will be disqualified.

How to Submit a Nomination

The deadline to submit nominations has passed. The call for nominations will reopen in the fall. 

In addition to completing the online nomination, two digital photographs of the nominee must be submitted by the deadline:

  • Headshot - a front-on photograph of the nominee with minimal or no surroundings

  • Environmental - an action shot to show the nominee doing his or her job in the work setting. Photos that include patient interaction are encouraged. Please edit out any protected health information.

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Judging Criteria

A panel of outside reviewers will score each nomination based on the following criteria. Each nomination should highlight the nominee's most notable achievements and describe how the nominee embodies the following qualities of the Health Care Worker of the Year:

  • Great Leader (20 points)

  • Goes Beyond the Call of Duty (20 points)

  • Most Notable Achievements Reflect the Mission and Values of Your Organization (20 points)

  • Gives Back to the Community (20 points)

A total of 80 points is possible. Please note each characteristic is worth 20 points as indicated.

In addition, you will be asked to provide a brief summary and photos that will be used in a keepsake publication, on the OHA website and in OHA publications. 

Award Presentation

All Health Care Worker of the Year nominees are invited to celebrate their nomination with their families, friends at colleagues at the OHA Recognition Dinner which is held in conjunction with the association's annual meeting.

OHA does not announce the finalists or winner until this special evening so all nominees are highly encouraged to atttend.

The 2019 recognition dinner will be held Tuesday, June 4 in the Grand Ballroom at the Columbus Hilton at Easton.