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Ohio Hospital Association Hall of Fame  

In honor of the Ohio Hospital Association's centennial in 2015, the association established the OHA Hall of Fame.

This new recognition 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.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Richard Doan (1960 -2015)
Retired Barnesville Hospital Administrator and Chief Executive Officer
Inducted June 14, 2016

2015 Inaugural Class
Eli Crew, MD
Miami Valley Hospital Superintendent
OHA Board of Trustees’ First President (1915)

Donald Newkirk
OHA President and CEO (1962-1989)

William (Bill) Ruse
Former Blanchard Valley Hospital President and CEO
OHA Board of Trustees Chair (1991)

Melvin Creeley
East Liverpool City Hospital President and CEO
OHA Board of Trustees Chair (2000)


Background and Application

Individuals can be living or inducted to the hall of fame posthumously.

Nominations must be submitted by March 1 via OHA’s online submission form. Any submission after March 1 will be considered for the following year. 

The selection process will be conducted annually by an OHA selection committee. Honorees will be announced and recognized at the recognition dinner during the OHA Annual Meeting in Columbus.

Recommended Criteria for Honorees

Must have made a significant and extraordinary contribution(s) to Ohio hospitals, Ohio health systems or OHA. Achievements and contributions must have had lasting value and importance and must have withstood the test of time. Specific qualities and characteristics should address the following:

  • Effectiveness – What about this individual was ground-breaking? How has it helped solve community problems? Did it fill a gap in services?
  • Longevity – Over what period of time did this individual make its contribution(s)? Have the contributions had a cumulative effect? What is the permanent legacy?
  • Leadership – Was this individual a trailblazer? Did it face or overcome adversity to reach its goals? Has it provided training and opportunities for leadership development?
  • Impact on OHA or hospital industry – Describe the impact the organization has had on OHA or the hospital industry
Additional supporting material that documents and directly attests to the individual’s contribution(s), achievements and character may be included.
  • Supporting letters or documents will be accepted and cannot exceed three pages.
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