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Memorial CEO concludes 2015 OHA Leadership

Memorial Health President and CEO Chip Hubbs recently concluded his term as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) during a year that included major accomplishments under his leadership. The OHA advocates for hospital-related interests, works to advance economic sustainability for hospitals, leads patient safety and quality initiatives, and provides educational opportunities and other member services.

“The chance to be Board Chair at OHA was the opportunity of a lifetime –to serve both our industry and my profession during their 100-year Centennial Celebration,” said Chip Hubbs. “I am so thankful for the support given to me by the amazing staff at OHA, and to be able to share a table with the most talented executives in the healthcare industry. OHA has given me much more than I could ever provide to them, and I am very proud of their many accomplishments and appreciative of the opportunity given to me.”

Under Hubbs’ board leadership, the OHA held critical conversations with Ohio House and Senate members and other government officials regarding budget issues, and also joined other state hospital associations to lobby on the federal level to preserve or extend proposed cuts to Medicaid and Medicare programs. Other accomplishments in 2015 include the formation of The Institute for Health Innovation, which provides support for hospital programs that improve the quality of medical care, expand care plans for hospitalized patients after discharge, and advance community health. Last year the OHA joined in the successful defeat of legislation permitting legal marijuana sales in Ohio. Hubbs also served on the Planning Committee for the OHA’s 2015 Centennial Annual Meeting, which offered 66 educational programs for more than 1,200 attendees.

“Serving as the leader of an organization’s board takes an enormous strength of character,” said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. “Chip Hubbs is an outstanding leader providing beneficial insight and guidance to our organization during his time with the OHA Board, particularly as chair. We truly appreciate his leadership. We look forward to his continued support in the future.”

Hubbs remains on the OHA Board of Trustees as Immediate Past Chair, where he will participate in deliberations about important issues and policies affecting Ohio’s hospital industry.