BRANSON Mo. — The Missouri Hospital Association presented 2014 Excellence in Governance awards to six hospital trustees Thursday, June 12 at MHA’s annual Leadership Forum in Branson, Mo. The award recognizes the recipients’ contributions to the health care community.
A longtime member of the Bothwell Regional Health Center Board of Trustees recently received a 2014 Excellence in Governance Award from the Missouri Hospital Association in recognition of her contribution to the health-care community. Shirley Evans, Sedalia, was one of six board members statewide honored during a June 12 presentation at MHA’s annual Leadership Forum in Branson.
“Shirley is the caliber of board member every CEO wants to have on their team,” said John Dawes, president and chief executive officer of Bothwell Regional Health Center. “One of the traits I admire most about Shirley is that she is a thoughtful participant. She listens to discussions and carefully weighs the available options in any given issue. She has the innate ability to cut through the rhetoric and trivial issues to get at the heart of any matter.”
Evans has been a member of Bothwell Regional Health Center’s Board of Trustees since 2002.
A fierce community advocate of the hospital, Evans also was a member of the Bothwell Foundation Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013 and remains a tireless volunteer. For several years now, she has organized the more than 150 volunteers who help with the annual Lub Dub Walk/Run.
“Engaged trustees help support strong hospitals,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “It is our honor to recognize Shirley Evans with the Excellence in Governance Award for her service to the community and hospital.”
Also, Bothwell Board of Trustees members Dave Floyd and Dr. David Kuhlmann received a Governance Excellence certificate at the June MHA Leadership Forum for completing the voluntary educational program for hospital board members. Floyd and Kuhlmann joined the Bothwell Board of Trustees in November 2012.
MHA launched the Governance Excellence Certificate Program in 2011 to enhance hospital trustees’ skills and to equip them with increased knowledge of issues in hospital governance. To complete the certificate program, trustees were required to attend a day-long session at MHA’s annual convention in November 2013 and complete six of eight independent study modules. The 28 certificate recipients recognized June 12 serve as trustees at 15 Missouri hospitals.
“Engaged trustees help support strong, locally focused hospitals,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “It is our honor to recognize these dedicated community leaders with MHA’s Excellence in Governance Award for their service to the community and hospital.”
This year’s recipients include Brad Gregory, board member of Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo.; Clyde Nenninger, board member of Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; John S. Pletz, board member of Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, Mo.; John “Jack” Ovel, board member of Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo.; Larry Shields, board member of Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo.; and Shirley Evans, board member of Bothwell Regional Health System in Sedalia, Mo. Since 1985, MHA’s Excellence in Governance award has been given annually to hospital board members for their dedication to exceptional health care. Award recipients are chosen by MHA’s district council presidents.
The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 153 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public about health care issues. –Submitted.