Awards

Each year, KHA honors individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to advancing health care in Kentucky.

KHA Distinguished Service Award

KHA’s highest honor, this award is presented to an individual who has given untiring and exceptional service to their hospital, community, the state, and KHA.

  • Larry Gray, Baptist Health Louisville
  • Carl Herde, Kentucky Hospital Association
  • Brian Brezosky, Kentucky Hospital Association
  • Sheila Currans, Harrison Memorial Hospital
  • Wayne Meriwether, Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Regional Hospital

KHA Award of Excellence

KHA’s Award of Excellence is a prestigious award given to individuals who have made significant contributions to health care in Kentucky.

  • Hollie Harris Phillips, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH)
  • Donovan Blackburn, Pikeville Medical Center
  • Dave Anderson, Jackson Purchase Medical Center
  • Jerry Penner, Murray-Calloway County Hospital
  • Steven Stack, MD, Kentucky Department for Public Health
  • Deborah Campbell, RN-BC, MSN, CPHQ, Kentucky Hospital Association

KHA Governance Leadership Award

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge individuals who have had a positive and sustainable impact on the quality of care in their communities.

  • Thomas “Tommy” K. Elliott, Baptist Health
  • Martha Jones, CHI Saint Joseph Health
  • Aaron Thompson, PhD, Baptist Health

KHA Quality Awards

This award honors hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety, and commitment to patient care.

2023

  • Bluegrass Community Hospital
  • Deaconess Union County Hospital


2022

  • Fleming County Hospital

2023

  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
  • Saint Claire Regional Medical Center

2022

  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital

2021

  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital

2022

  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center

2021

  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center

2023

  • Saint Joseph Hospital
  • Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

2022

  • Baptist Health Louisville
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
  • Elizabeth Edgewood

2021

  • Baptist Health Corbin

2022

  • Continuing Care Hospital

2021

  • Continuing Care Hospital

2023

  • The Brook Hospital- KMI

2022

  • UofL Health – Peace Hospital

2021

  • UofL Health – Peace Hospital
2023
  • St Elizabeth Healthcare

KHA Grassroots Advocacy Award

  • Claire HealthCare
  • Claire HealthCare
  • Claire HealthCare

Angela Portman