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Our 2021 in-person event has gone virtual, and you're invited to join in on the celebratiion!

GET READY! Our new six-week campaign kicks off on Thursday, November 11!

NEW: Networking & Vendor Showcase event to take place early next year. Stay tuned for details!

Let's pay tribute to the work of those who keep us safe and healthy, and continue to INSPIRE the community


Inspire Connect is a six-week long, virtual campaign to keep us connected to the heroes in our healthcare community while keeping each other safe. Beginning November 11, we’ll celebrate finalists each week by award category. We’ll culminate our virtual celebration by announcing the winners and Inspire Champion, sharing our yearly Cincinnati Magazine Top Docs feature and a networking and vendor showcase event in the early part of 2022.



Nov 11: Campaign Kick-Off with Craig Brammer, CEO of The Health Collaborative

Nov 12:  Hoxworth Winners Announcement

Nov 15-19: Diversity & Inclusion Finalists Announced

Nov 22-26: Gen-H (Population Health) Finalists Announced

Nov 29-Dec 3: Healthcare Technology Finalists Announced

Dec 6-9: Richard M. Smith MD, Leadership in Quality Improvement Finalists Announced

Dec 10: Celebration Wrap: Winners & Inspire Champion REVEALED!


Finalists and winners are chosen by past Inspire award winners, program leaders, and subject matter experts in four areas including: diversity and inclusion, population health; health information technology; and patient safety and quality improvement. THC also partners with the Hoxworth Blood Center to present their annual Blood Drive Awards for participating hospitals.



We’re offering even more sponsorship opportunities this year, including a combined sponsorship with HealthFORCE, our signature career expo for high school students.  See below for more information.

2021 Sponsorship Information

Please contact Shannan Schmitt at



What is Inspire | Healthcare?

Greater Cincinnati is INSPIRING healthcare excellence. Inspire | Healthcare is the region’s premier awards event for recognizing our healthcare heroes who are making a difference. Now in its 6th year, the Inspire event serves to:

  • build awareness and showcase key programs, projects, and initiatives of THC member organizations;
  • recognize healthcare leadership and the top achievements from across the region;
  • support talented specialists developing new and innovative solutions to healthcare challenges;
  • attract attention of the wider public and magnify existing resources by promoting THC’s foundation/development goals;
  • deliver a high-quality networking and exposure event for the area’s healthcare heroes to connect and share ideas with leaders from every sector; and
  • offer sponsors the opportunity to support the healthcare community and gain exposure to regional decision-makers.




Our Sponsors



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Interested in becoming a sponsor for our event?

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NOMINATION DEADLINE August 13 – Thank you for your submissions! Good luck to all nominees. Finalists will be announced at the end of August.
FINALIST BREAKFAST UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to CANCEL the Finalist Breakfast this year.  We will update finalists with an alternate plan for photos and video.  CLICK HERE FOR AWARD CRITERIA & DESCRIPTIONS.

On November 6, 2019, we recognized excellence in the Greater Cincinnati region in the areas of quality improvement, population health, healthcare technology, and diversity & inclusion in front of a sold-out crowd of over 400 in the Hilton Netherland Plaza’s Hall of Mirrors. Click here for the full press release and photo gallery of the evening, and visit our Facebook page for more photos.


The following individuals and organizations were honored – click the blue links for more about each winner:


The Inspire | Healthcare Champion Award is awarded to an organization or individual who has demonstrated collaboration, engagement, and innovation toward the mission of improving health and healthcare. This year’s winner, Dolores Lindsay, Founder, President and CEO of The HealthCare Connectionwas chosen for her long-standing commitment to providing quality care for all.


The Diversity and Inclusion Award celebrates the individual or organization committed to inclusiveness and advocacy for under-represented and minority populations and for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences in its overall policies, practices, and partnerships. This year’s winner, Juliann C. Parker, SOGI Project Manager at The Christ Hospital Health Network, was selected for her dedication and ongoing efforts to drive positive changes for the LGBTQ+ Community.


The Gen-H Award recognizes an individual, team, or organization that has demonstrated progress on to create a region that is healthy by design. This year’s winner, Mercy Serves Program, a Partnership Between Mercy Health and AmeriCorps was selected for their creation of a unique partnership that combats stigma, and saves lives.


The Healthcare Technology Award acknowledges the individual, team, or organization that has applied data, notification products, or business intelligence to create a solution to an ongoing challenge. This year’s winner, the TriHealth Corporate Health Team, was selected for its work in applying consumer science methodologies to increase healthy behaviors and outcomes.


First presented in 2003 in memory of Dr. Richard Smith, a tireless leader and proponent of the safety of all patients, the Richard M. Smith Leadership in Quality Improvement Award is given to the individual or team that has gone above & beyond normal job expectations to identify an opportunity to improve patient care and safety. Brad Mathis, MD, CAUTI Project, UC Health was awarded this year for his patient outcomes and dedication to advancing the Quality Improvement process.


Hoxworth Blood Center Annual Blood Drive Awards

Each hospital who participates in the blood drive program is eligible to win. Nominations are not accepted as the winners are selected by Hoxworth based upon performance. This year, one organization received BOTH the Award of Distinction and the Most Improved Award.


Hoxworth Award of Distinction – Each year, hospitals are assigned goals of blood units to collect. The Award of Distinction is given to the hospital that is most outstanding for blood collection efforts. Winner: TriHealth Corporate Office, Norwood


Most Improved Award – The Most Improved Award is a simple comparison of which hospital improved most over its previous year’s blood collection effort. Winner: TriHealth Corporate Office, Norwood


Hoxworth Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year – The Blood Drive Coordinator of the Year highlights the person (or team) that went above and beyond to help with their individual hospital’s blood drive campaign, demonstrating outstanding leadership in blood drive coordination. Winner: Carol Moorhead, System Blood Bank Manager, Inpatient and Outpatient Phlebotomy Manager, St. Elizabeth Healthcare (Covington, Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas)


Congratulations to all 2019 honorees! Watch for announcements coming soon about Inspire 2020 nominations opening in Q2.

Details to come, stay tuned!

(November 11 awards ceremony has been cancelled)




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