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Central Ohio Hospital Council
Board of Trustees


Steve Allen, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Nationwide Children's Hospital


Steve Allen, MD, MBA is the chief executive officer at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Dr. Allen received his undergraduate education at Rice University, and obtained his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He finished his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Washington and his fellowship in critical care medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1983. In 1999, he obtained his master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Steve Allen came to Nationwide Children's Hospital from Houston, Texas, where he was the vice president and chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital.

As a tenured professor, Steve has received several teaching awards over the years from medical students and housestaff, and has been listed in "The Best Doctors in America." Steve knows medicine from many vantage points as a father of five, an anesthesiologist, a scientist and as a top administrator.

Vice Chairman:

Edward Lamb
President and CEO
Mount Carmel Health System
Edward Lamb joined Mount Carmel Health System as president and CEO in November 2016. He holds a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Brigham Young University and a master's degree from the University of Phoenix.

Prior to joining Mount Carmel Health System, Ed was the Western Division president of IASIS Healthcare and was responsible for operations in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado. He also served as president and CEO of the Corpus Christi Medical Center Health System and held various healthcare executive positions during the past 30 years in Utah, California, Louisiana, Arizona, Alaska and Texas.

Ed is a Recertified Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves as Chairman. Throughout his career, he has promoted the activities, mission and goals of the healthcare professionals and served as a mentor.

Ed is active in his church and has served in various leadership capacities. He is married to Debra (37 years) and they have three children, Ryan (Eileen), Josh (Amanda) and Rebecca (Chris). They have five granddaughters, Ellie, Evie, Adie, Lottie and Daphne, and two grandsons, Win and Trent.

Sheldon Retchin, MD, MSPH
Chief Executive Officer
OSU Wexner Medical Center

Dr. Sheldon Retchin is one of the nation’s most respected and prominent academic medical center leaders. A seasoned physician, scholar and health system administrator, Dr. Retchin was tapped as executive vice president of Health Sciences at The Ohio State University and CEO of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center in late 2014. He previously served as the senior vice president for Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and CEO of the VCU Health System for more than a decade. Dr. Retchin was also a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine, Gerontology and Health Administration.

He is a recognized expert in health policy and healthcare delivery, with special expertise in the costs, quality and alternative financing strategies for the Medicare program. Recently, Dr. Retchin was appointed to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission by the U.S. Comptroller General. He has a distinguished record of guiding a large and complex academic medical center, providing exceptional training for students and accelerating medical discoveries.

In his new position, Dr. Retchin is managing an ambitious agenda to sustain and further advance the Wexner Medical Center’s reputation for excellence. Broad initiatives include improving the medical center’s competitive position, strengthening relationships with the university’s other academic partners and developing a long-term strategy.

David Blom
President & Chief Executive Officer


David P. Blom is president and chief executive officer of OhioHealth.

After his graduation from The Ohio State University in 1980, Mr. Blom began his healthcare career at a small hospital in Massachusetts. He received his master's degree in health care administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Blom joined the OhioHealth family of hospitals and health services in 1983. He served as a president and chief operating officer at Grant Medical Center and then as president of OhioHealth's central hospitals, while also serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

He was named president and chief executive officer of OhioHealth in March 2002.

Mr. Blom was elected to the board of the Ohio Hospital Association in January 2002. He is active in several civic and community organizations and lives in Westerville with his wife and three daughters.


Jeff Klingler
President and CEO
Central Ohio Hospital Council

Since starting the Council in 2008, Jeff has been recognized for the Council’s work on infant mortality, behavioral healthcare, opiate addiction and other health needs of Franklin County residents. Jeff was recognized by Columbus Business First as a 2017 Champion of Healthcare and twice as 20 People to Know in Health Care. Jeff sits on the governing boards of Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement and the Institute for Health Innovation of the Ohio Hospital Association, and he is the chair of the national Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Associations.

Prior to joining COHC, Jeff was the director of state policy and advocacy for the Ohio Hospital Association, where he advocated the interests of the state’s 170 community hospitals. He graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

Jeff lives in Hilliard with his wife, Kathleen and their two children.

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