The Health Collaborative Celebrates Dedication to Health Care Improvement

(December 5, 2012)  The Health Collaborative celebrated the contributions of three health care professionals during the organization’s annual dinner held November 28th at the Westin Ballroom in Downtown Cincinnati.  2012 marked the 10th year for the dinner, and the 20th Anniversary of the founding of the Health Collaborative. Over 400 guests attended the event.  Honorees received a Rookwood tile commemorating their contributions to health care improvement in Greater Cincinnati.

Lisa Sloane, Dr. Bernard Lenchitz, John Sinclair

The 2012 Collaborative Volunteer Award went to two individuals. Bernard Lenchitz, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, HealthCare Connection Inc., was honored for his service on the Health Collaborative’s Physician Leadership Committee.  The committee was instrumental in guiding the launch of the YourHealthMatters.org Website which provides the public with performance ratings on primary care physicians in Greater Cincinnati. As the lead physician at a federally funded clinic serving primarily low income residents, Dr. Lenchitz was a proponent for setting high standards for physician performance without making exceptions for doctors such as himself, with more challenging patients.

 Also honored with the Volunteer Award was John Sinclair, Partner, Mercer.  Sinclair is the past Chair of the Health Collaborative Board of Trustees and before that, a board member since 2007.  Under Sinclair’s leadership the Health Collaborative expanded its exposure to business partners and community resources.  These connections contributed to the organizations tremendous growth over the last five years.

 The recipient of the Friend of the Collaborative Award was Lisa Sloane, Owner of V-Formation. Sloane has supported the work of the Health Collaborative as a contractor since 2007.  She has provided community coordination leadership with special attention to underserved and disenfranchised members of the community. Sloane is currently the co-chair of the Health Collaborative’s Consumer Council, a committee she helped form to give health care consumers a louder voice in shaping health care improvement activities in the community.

“It is a privilege to recognize the work of these dedicated people who give so selflessly of their time and energy,” said Greg Ebel, Executive Director of the Health Collaborative. “The work they do is leading to important improvements in the way our region delivers care and pays for it. We are all benefiting from their commitment to health care quality.”