(CINCINNATI; April 29, 2015) - American Jewish Committee (AJC) Cincinnati will present its 2015 National Human Relations Award to Michael D. Connelly, CEO of Mercy Health, at a tribute dinner on Monday, May 11. The award recognizes Mr. Connelly’s outstanding professional achievements, community leadership, and dedication to excellence.

The dinner at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors salutes Mr. Connelly and his achievements in the Cincinnati health care community. At the same time it raises funds for the global advocacy and human rights work of AJC, which advances freedom, liberty, tolerance, and mutual respect worldwide. 

The keynote speaker is Dr. David Nash, MD, MBA, Founding Dean and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson School of Population Health. His address is entitled, “What is a healthcare Mensch?”

The event co-chairs are Beth Guttman, President, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Gary Heiman, President and CEO, Standard Textile, David L. Joyce, President and CEO, GE Aviation, and Donald Wayne, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health. “We are so pleased to chair this special event honoring our good friend Michael Connelly with AJC’s National Human Relations Award,” stated Beth Guttman. “Michael’s important work has and continues to improve and develop the Cincinnati community, and enhance health care in our region.”

Since 1995, Mr. Connelly has served as president and CEO of Mercy Health, Ohio’s largest healthcare system. With more than 32,000 employees, Mercy Health is the fourth-largest employer in Ohio and a leader in quality and safety. Next year, Mercy Health will consolidate its home office and Cincinnati market offices in Bond Hill, helping lead new development in a revitalizing Cincinnati neighborhood.  The system invests nearly $1 million a day to improve the communities it serves.

In another symbol of that faithful commitment, Mercy Health is partnering with the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati in an historic expansion of The Jewish Hospital, which became part of the Mercy Health in 2010.

Mr. Connelly earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, cum laude, and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Mr. Connelly was regional executive/CEO, of Daughters of Charity National Health System-West in Los Altos Hills, California. He served as president and CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, a 495-bed teaching hospital. He also practiced law with the firm of Gardner, Carton and Douglas.
Mr. Connelly has served as the chair of the board for Premier, Inc., the largest quality data and GPO organization in the US, has also been Chair of the National Catholic Health Association Board, the Catholic Medical Mission Board in New York and the 2013 United Way of Cincinnati Campaign – the fifth largest campaign in the United States. He has served as Vice Chair of Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Health West) in California, and on the Boards of St. Joseph Health System in California and Resurrection Health Care in Chicago. He is currently the Secretary of the Urban League Board of Greater Cincinnati and is on the St. Vincent DePaul Advisory Board. Mr. Connelly has earned numerous professional and academic awards and served on parish and community organizations.
AJC is the global advocate for the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and for the advancement of democratic values for all. For ticket information and reservations, please contact the AJC Cincinnati office at (513) 621-4020 or Cincinnati@ajc.org.