Thomas Strauss, president & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System, was recently appointed to the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Board of Trustees. Strauss, whose term ends on December 31, 2021, will join Michael Canady, MD, CEO, Holzer Health System (Gallipolis), and Jeffrey Graham, president & CEO, Adena Health System (Chillicothe), in filling vacant seats as at-large trustees.
The OHA Board of Trustees sets policy and strategic direction for matters affecting hospitals throughout Ohio. The board includes representatives from small and large hospitals, urban and rural hospitals, teaching facilities and independent facilities and health care systems. The board consists of four officers, the OHA president and CEO and 15 trustees-at-large.
“The leadership and expertise of our appointees will enhance the extensive leadership dynamics of our Board guiding OHA’s mission and strategic priorities,” said Mike Abrams, president and CEO, OHA. “We look forward to working with Michael, Jeffery and Tom and their input will be vital as we advance our advocacy and policy priorities this year.”
Thomas Strauss, president & CEO, Sisters of Charity Health System
Highly regarded in the health care industry nationally, Strauss is president & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Headquartered in Cleveland, the health system includes two Catholic hospitals, two elder care facilities, three grantmaking foundations, and six outreach organizations in Ohio and South Carolina. Strauss joined the Sisters of Charity Health System in January 2017 from CEO Advisory Network, a team of highly accomplished health care leaders firmly grounded in senior level executive experience. The CEO Advisory Network’s passion is to leave a lasting legacy by assisting today’s forward-looking CEOs and senior executives in leading their organizations on their individualized path during these transformational times.
Strauss is a former president & CEO of Summa Health System. During his 15-year tenure and under his leadership, Summa grew into a leading integrated health care system generating $2.86 billion in economic impact, making it the largest employer in all five counties it serves. Strauss consistently led the organization in achieving excellence in care, quality, growth and employee engagement – earning the NorthCoast 99 Award for best workplaces in Northeast Ohio 11 straight years. His vision extended into the community, where he chaired many boards and developed Centers for Health Equity at New Seasons to provide care to the underserved.
Prior to Summa, Strauss spent 10 years in leadership roles at the former Meridia Health System (Cleveland), where he successfully established new ventures, turned around programs and services, and increased market share. In addition, he worked at Baxter Healthcare and was a trendsetter in home therapy. Strauss received his Doctor of Pharmacy and his Bachelor of Science both from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Established in 1915, OHA represents 237 hospitals and 13 health systems throughout Ohio that employ 255,000 Ohioans and contribute $29.7 billion to Ohio’s economy along with $5.3 billion in net community benefit. OHA is the nation’s first state hospital association and is recognized nationally for our patient safety and health care quality initiatives and environmental sustainability programs. Guided by a mission to collaborate with member hospitals and health systems to ensure a healthy Ohio, the work of OHA centers on three strategic initiatives: advocacy, economic sustainability, and patient safety and quality. The association founded the OHA Institute for Health Innovation and OHA Solutions hospital staffing program and is a co-founder of the Ohio Health Information Partnership and the Ohio Patient Safety Institute.
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