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Health Care Leadership Awards

Each year, the Ohio Hospital Association celebrates outstanding achievements that have enhanced and brought honor to Ohio hospitals. These awards reflect excellent personal or organizational accomplishments within the Ohio hospital community.

Awards will be presented during the OHA Recognition Dinner on June 13, 2017 during the annual meeting in Columbus. 


2017 Call for Nominations

Hospitals are invited to submit nominations for those who have made a noteworthy contribution to health care in Ohio.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 14.

OHA Hall of Fame Inductee

Established in 2015 in honor of the association's centennial, the OHA Hall of Fame honors the men and women who have made significant contributions — beyond having successful organizations or careers — that have notably helped advance the interests and image of Ohio’s hospitals or health systems.

Richard DoanRichard Doan
President and CEO (1987-2012)
Barnesville Hospital

Former Barnesville Hospital Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Richard Doan retired in 2012 after 25 years. Doan began his venture into the world of health care at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He served as Laboratory Materials Coordinator before he pursued his Master’s degree of Hospital and Health Administration at Xavier University. Upon receiving his Master’s Degree, Doan returned to Grant Medical Center, serving as administrative resident, administrative fellow, assistant to the
president and assistant vice president.
In July of 1987, the former Barnesville resident returned to his hometown to assume duties as the administrator and chief executive officer of Barnesville Hospital. During this time, Doan also assumed the duties as president of Belmont County Health Services. During Doan’s time at Barnesville Hospital, he was a recipient of the American College of Health Care Executives Senior Level Executives Regents Award, and also received the Administrator of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio State Office of Rural Health in 2009.
Under Doan’s leadership Barnesville Hospital strived to meet the health needs of the community by developing a new ICU/CCU unit and initiating over 25 new patient services and technologies including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, Echocardiography, Digital Mammography, Laparoscopic Surgery, and Neurology Services including EEG and EMG. While under the direction of Doan, Barnesville Hospital joined the elite group of the nation’s most improved hospitals, as well as being named one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country.

Donald R. Newkirk Award

This award recognizes and honors an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the health care field in Ohio. This is the association’s highest award and bears the name of the individual who headed OHA for 27 years, from 1962-1989. The award is given to an individual with multiple years of health care service who has made a significant impact in his or her hospital, the local community AND across the state of Ohio. 

John Prout
Retired President and CEO


John Prout has over 40 years of experience in health care and served 17 years from 1998 until his retirement in 2015 as the president and chief executive officer of TriHealth, Inc.

In 1995, TriHealth was created by the affiliation of Bethesda Oak Hospital, Bethesda North Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital by their respective sponsors, Bethesda Inc. and Sisters of Charity (succeeded by Catholic Health Initiatives), respectively. During his 17-year tenure, Prout was driven by a vision for TriHealth to transform these two hospital organizations into a regional integrated delivery system designed to manage and improve population health, bringing physicians, hospitals and communities together for people to live healthier lives. History will show Prout succeeded in doing this extraordinarily well.

Under Prout’s leadership, TriHealth transformed into the region’s largest and most integrated, comprehensive health care provider by guiding TriHealth through the challenges of health reform, while growing the organization. Prout oversaw the growth of TriHealth to include six hospitals – Good Samaritan, Bethesda North, TriHealth Evendale, Bethesda Butler, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital, the soon to be opened TriHealth Rehabilitation Hospital and the recent affiliation with Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana – serving the entire Tri-State region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

James R. Castle Distinguished Service Award

This recognition honors an individual whose professional attainments embody qualities of an outstanding leader or mentor for service to the health care community, or other special achievement. This award is named for OHA’s president and CEO for 23 years, from 1989 through 2011. This award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact in his or her hospital, local community or region of the state. 

Randal Arnett
President and CEO
Southern Ohio Medical Center

Under Randal Arnett’s leadership, the Southern Ohio Medical Center’s team has built a culture of transparency with an intense focus on results and organizational excellence. Arnett has a strong commitment to the health and wellness of southern Ohio. 
Throughout his career, Arnett has focused on building a technologically-advanced, patient-centered hospital that provides excellent customer service and clinical care, with a variety of specialty services offered in southern Ohio. During this time, Arnett has focused on ensuring access to advanced care for patients in the hospital’s community and has made dreams become realities. He’s done this by opening over 20 physician practices and locations, adding specialty centers in key market areas to provide better access, as well as opening a heart and vascular center, cancer center and wellness/fitness centers to promote the prevention of health related diagnoses. Of his 30 years in health care, Arnett has been with the medical center for 25 years.

Dr. Eli Crew Community Service Excellence Award

The award recognizes an individual or a group serving as friends of hospitals or health systems and whose support of the health care industry reflects the public interest. Dr. Eli R. Crew, superintendent of Dayton’s Miami Valley Hospital, was one of the strongest hospital advocates of an Ohio-based organization. In 1914, he invited Ohio hospital administrators to an organizational meeting at Cedar Point in Sandusky where OHA was founded. 

Thomas Bleile
Board of Directors

Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Thomas Bleile served on the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Board of Directors from 1997-2015 and now serves on Norwalk Area Health System’s board (the “parent” board of Fisher-Titus). He has built a significant foundation for many health care advancements from which Huron County communities have benefited for two decades. He has 18 years of service at the hospital and 18 years of service in health care.
Fisher-Titus, a small rural hospital, “grew up” with Bleile’s guidance. He has extraordinary business expertise which he shared throughout his years of service. He initiated several years of strategic planning resulting in many new service lines. He also was among the board members who initially “blessed” the hospital’s first master facility plan that produced seven phases of construction focused on enhancing the hospital’s capabilities through improved clinical support spaces and technology. Bleile’s leadership style set the tone for valuing the front line “warriors” who deliver compassionate care to patients with devotion and dedication to quality by providing generous employee benefits, compensation and physician initiatives. His strong philosophy of “doing the right thing to get the right results” was appreciated by his fellow board members and certainly the administrative and medical staff members who were fortunate to work with him.

D. Brent Mulgrew
Executive Director and Co-chief Executive Officer
Ohio State Medical Association

Brent Mulgrew began his career at the Ohio State Medical Association in 1974, first as a government affairs lobbyist, then as chief counsel, director of government relations and managing director. He was named executive director in 1992. As executive director and co-chief executive officer, Mulgrew oversees the largest physician association in the state, with membership including 20,000 physicians, practice managers, medical students and residents. He and his colleagues work to stay in front of physician-patient issues before they become professional crises. Mulgrew is passionate about ensuring the OSMA brings together disparate ideas and people to develop new solutions for old problems to assure access to high quality health care. Mulgrew serves as the OSMA’s lead liaison with the association’s leadership Council and maintains strong contacts with health care leaders across Ohio and the nation. 

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