2017 OHA Spirit Awards launched - Spirit of Resilience

Posted on: 4/12/17


The OHA Spirit Award is given annually to exceptional individuals in the hospital community whose exemplary leadership and dedication have significantly enhanced patient care, their organizations or their communities. Each year, a different theme is emphasized. For 2017, the award is the Spirit of Resilience. Awards will be presented at the OHA Annual Convention on Thursday, Nov. 2. Each hospital is asked to submit one recipient to receive the Spirit of Resilience Award. Criteria and the submission form are now available here.

The health care industry continues to face times of change and uncertainty, placing new demands on hospital team members to react with renewed determination. When people deal positively with difficult events that change their lives, we often refer to them as “resilient.” Many people react to such circumstances with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of uncertainty. Others demonstrate strength and toughness in the face of great challenges and adversity.

These challenges can occur on the job through an elimination of a service or department, an unexpected clinical outcome, a dramatic change in position, reduced funding for providing the same level of care, an unexpected natural disaster affecting the entire community, changes in regulations that require new processes, or a change in the mission focus of an organization. However, even in the face of such challenges, people “rise to the occasion.”

Submission forms and photos must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 15. To submit an employee as your award recipient, click here. A professional-quality photograph of the individual in his/her work environment is required at the time of submission or can be emailed later. 

OHA Partners with Healthcare Staffing Services 


Healthcare Staffing Services was developed as a collaborative effort among multiple state hospital associations to meet the temporary staffing needs of member hospitals and health systems.

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