Phillips Medal

2018 Recipient

Vanderhoff with Phillips Medal Bruce Vanderhoff, M.D., M.B.A.

In gratitude for your work as a nationally recognized physician leader in improving the quality and safety of health care for patients throughout central Ohio, and for your role in deepening and expanding the invaluable relationship between OhioHealth and the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, we are proud to present you with the Phillips Medal of Public Service.

In more than 20 years as an executive with the OhioHealth system, you have been closely involved with both the company’s work in medical education, and its ongoing efforts to make the health care it delivers better and safer. In your 10 years as executive director of medical education and vice president for medical education, quality and patient safety, you have spearheaded initiatives in physician leadership, research and innovation.

Having clearly recognized the mutual interest of OhioHealth and the Heritage College in training excellent primary care physicians willing to care for our state’s medically underserved communities, you have worked to make our long-standing collaborative relationship ever closer and more beneficial. You were a key player in efforts that led in 2012 to an agreement naming OhioHealth as pre-eminent education partner for the Heritage College at Dublin, and to the launch of that campus two years later.

Under your leadership OhioHealth has maintained and expanded its support for the college, working to identify opportunities for new clinical rotations and research opportunities within the OhioHealth system, and encouraging more OhioHealth physicians, in more specialties, to serve as clinical faculty and share their expertise with students from all three of our campuses.

It was as a member of the extended Heritage College family that you attended a celebration for the first students to graduate from the Dublin campus this year, recognizing it as a milestone for both partners. “We really believe that this campus is going to help meet our community’s health care needs,” you said on that occasion. “And we couldn’t be more proud of this graduating class or of the work we have been able to do with Ohio University.”

It is with a shared sense of that pride, and abiding appreciation for all you have done to advance our shared vision of better health care for Ohioans, that we honor you today.