Equitas Health Earns Multiple Honors in Columbus CEO’s 2017 Healthcare Achievement Awards

William J. Hardy

William J. Hardy
President & CEO

Click here to read more about the winners and finalists in Columbus CEO’s March edition.

Equitas Health President & CEO Bill Hardy was named 2017 Healthcare Trailblazer of the Year by Columbus CEO magazine. The award recognizes an organization, company or individual for innovative or entrepreneurial healthcare initiatives that improve the practice of medicine or delivery of care to patients.

HIV Testing and Safe Point volunteer John Ridge was named 2017 Volunteer of the Year. The award recognizes an individual or individuals for making a positive impact by devoting time, expertise and/or dollars to support local healthcare organizations, patients and the community.

Equitas Health, as an organization, was also recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Pathway to Population Health Award, an award that recognizes an organization, company or individual for creative efforts that get in front of healthcare issues to effectively reduce the incidence of disease and improve the well-being of communities.

Peggy Anderson, Equitas Health Chief Operating Officer was recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Executive of the Year Award, an award that recognizes an individual for having a positive impact on a healthcare organization and those it serves through sustained, outstanding administrative efforts.

Michael Para, MD, Columbus Medical Director at Equitas Health, was recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that recognizes a longtime or retired healthcare professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, knowledge, decision making skills and commitment to his or her organization, patients and profession.

Mimi Rivard, MSN, CNP, Nurse Practitioner at Equitas Health, was recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Practitioner of the Year Award, an award that recognizes an individual (physician, nurse, physician’s assistant, etc.) for providing outstanding care and/or advancing the practice of medicine.

“We are incredibly grateful to be recognized in every category of Columbus CEO’s Healthcare Achievement Awards. This recognition is a testament to the visionary leadership that guides our organization and the commitment and passion that drives our staff and volunteers to deliver the best care possible,” said Joel Diaz, Chief Marketing & Community Affairs Officer.

Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio) is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system founded in 1984. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations. With 13 offices in 10 cities, it serves more than 67,000 individuals in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia each year through its diverse healthcare and social service delivery system focused around: primary and specialized medical care, dental, behavioral health, HIV/STI prevention, advocacy, and community health initiatives.

The Equitas Health Pharmacy operates as a social enterprise for Equitas Health and is one of the pillars of the healthcare organization’s patient-centered care model. 100% of pharmacy profits are reinvested back into the organization’s programs and services, providing an earned income revenue line for the organization while providing a critical service for the community.

Winners and finalists of awards, including Equitas Health, will be celebrated Thursday, March 23, beginning at 5:30 PM at Noah’s Event Venue in New Albany. Click here to purchase tickets to attend.