OHA presents Awards to outstanding leaders; hosts Annual Meeting

Posted on: 11/9/16

Kevin Gross (left) receives the Cleveland Rodgers Distinguished Service Award from Jimmy Leopard, OHA board chairman, and Craig Jones (center), OHA president. 
Health care professionals from throughout the state attended OHA’s 97th Annual Convention & Trade Show, held Nov. 2-4, at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. In addition to the educational sessions and annual trade show, other convention highlights included the presentation of several awards to Oklahoma’s outstanding health care leaders.

During the convention, Kevin Gross, FACHE, received the Association’s highest award, the W. Cleveland Rodgers Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his outstanding service to the health care industry.

Gross serves as president and chief executive officer of Hillcrest HealthCare System, with hospitals and clinics serving communities across eastern Oklahoma. Gross was selected in 2010 to lead Hillcrest’s expansion, new service lines, advancements in technology and ongoing quality improvements.

Gross’ first tenure with HHS began in 2004. He briefly left Hillcrest in 2006 after being named president and chief executive officer of the acute care division of Universal Health Services (a 24-hospital system) in King of Prussia, Penn. He has also served as president and CEO of United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, Texas; Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colo.; Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo, Texas; and was president of Hospital Corporation of America’s Midwest division in Wichita, Kan. Gross also gained international experience as the managing director of Persch Health System in Genolier, Switzerland.

Gross has served on the OHA board of trustees since 2010 and served as chairman in 2014 and 2015. He has also served on the OHA council on policy & legislation, the OHA committee on auditing, and the council of chairs. In 2011, he received the OHA Advocacy in Action Award. He is Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The OHA Award of Merit is presented to Randy Segler (right) by Leopard and Jones.
Gross is active in the community, holding leadership positions on the Oklahoma Board of Corrections (past chair), Tulsa Area United Way and Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Randy Segler, FACHE, recently retired CEO of Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Lawton, received the OHA Award of Merit, presented to individuals for long-term commitment to the health care industry.

Segler joined the Comanche County Hospital Authority, Lawton, in 1992 as executive vice president/chief operating officer and became the chief executive officer in 1997. He retired as the CEO in March 2016 after 24 years of service to the Comanche County Hospital Authority and the communities it serves as the southwest Oklahoma regional referral center for health care.  

Prior to joining Comanche County hospital, he served as the executive vice president of Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis., and in similar positions in Colorado and Texas. He holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas and completed his administrative residency at Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford.

Segler served as OHA chairman of the board in 2003 and received OHA’s Cleveland Rodgers Distinguished Service Award in 2008. In addition to serving on the OHA board of trustees, he has served on the OHA council on policy and legislation, the OHA council on rural health, and the OHA-PAC board. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Leopard (left) and Jones present the Advocacy in
Action Award to Chuck Spicer (right).
He has also served on the boards of VHA Oklahoma/Arkansas, Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma and on several community boards and agencies.

The Oklahoma Hospital Association’s Advocacy in Action Award was presented to Chuck Spicer, FACHE. Spicer is president and CEO of OU Medical System, a licensed 776-bed system comprising OU Medical Center, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, OU Medical Center Edmond and OU Medicine Breast Health Network. Spicer transitioned into the role in January 2013 after serving as CEO of The Children’s Hospital.

Spicer has been very active in the advocacy efforts of the Oklahoma Hospital Association, working to advance important initiatives to strengthen the provision of health care in Oklahoma. He supported the OHA’s legislative activities during the 2016 legislative session in many ways, including conducting radio interviews and press conferences on key issues. He came to the state Capitol on a moment’s notice when needed and promoted the OHA’s MakeOKBetter campaign throughout OU Medical System. Spicer recognized the importance of OHA’s advocacy efforts and worked tirelessly to share the message not only with his facility but all stakeholders.

Prior to his time with OU Medical System, Spicer served in executive leadership positions within the University of Texas Health System and with Texas Health Resources in Dallas. He received a master’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Spicer is active in the community, serving on the boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma, Allied Arts and Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. He serves as an ex-officio member of the OU Medical System board of trustees and is on the advisory boards of the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. Spicer was the 2015 recipient of the Red Shoe Award in recognition of his contributions to Ronald McDonald House Charities. Spicer was also voted among Oklahoma Magazine’s Best of the Best CEOs in 2015 and 2016. 

Matthew Selander (center) received the David J. Falcone Award from Jones and Leopard. 
Matthew Selander
received the David J. Falcone Award, presented each year to a health administration student for outstanding achievement. The award was renamed in 1996 in honor of the late Dr. Falcone, who served from 1992-1996 as professor and chair of the Department of Health Administration and Policy for the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health.

Selander is jointly a Masters in Health Administration candidate at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health, and a Juris Doctorate candidate at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He will graduate in May 2018. He has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll each semester of law school while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in the health administration program. He represented the MHA program at the prestigious and nationally-known UAB Case Competition in February, and he has led his fellow JD-MHA students to attend the American Health Lawyer’s Association annual meeting and the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress.

This summer, he completed his internship at The Joint Commission, where he was responsible for numerous tasks in the legal/compliance area. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. A former computer programmer, Selander holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from the University of Utah.

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