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Exceptional People. Extraordinary Stories.




More than 150,000 exceptional people serve in Missouri’s hospitals.
Each has a story.

In celebration of 100 years of helping hospitals, MHA wants to tell 100 stories of health care representing our hospitals…one individual at a time.

Although there are countless stories of extraordinary work by front-line caregivers — and we want to hear them — we want to tell the whole hospital story. This includes everyone from plant engineers to phlebotomists, and auxilians to administrators. A hospital is a community, and each person contributes to the important work done every day.

Following are the types of questions you can answer on your submission:

  • What drew you to work in health care?
  • What makes your job most rewarding?
  • What inspires you to come to work each day?
  • Tell me about your most challenging day.
  • Tell me about your most rewarding day.

Below the submission form, examples of submissions are provided.

Submission Form

You may submit your own story or on behalf of another person.

NOTE: Upon successful submission of the form, this page will reload, and the form will be replaced with a confirmation message. If your submission was unsuccessful, you will need to resubmit. Please make sure all required fields — including the photo — have been completed.

For questions, contact Daphney Partridge.

  • Individual's Information:

    This is who the story is about.
  • Submissions should be in the individual's voice — first person, singular. Generally, these are "I" statements. Shorter stories — 150 words or less — are optimal for the format.
  • Photo requirements: The photo of the individual should be in their work setting. Landscape (horizontal) orientation is optimal. Upload a high-resolution .jpg file. Professional photography is not necessary; a high-resolution photo from a mobile device will suffice.
  • Submitter's Information:

    This is who we can contact if we need additional details.


“Often I see families come to the cafeteria who look tired and upset, but they take a moment to step away from the unit to grab some food together. Just being able to bring some comfort and a smile to these families makes the hard days worth it. Everyone has bad days, but if one person shares a smile or a kind word, that can make a huge difference.”


“I work in the pediatric unit at my hospital. Most times, kids are scared to come to the hospital, especially if they have to have a procedure done. One day, a little girl was here and I could tell she had a lot weighing on her little heart. To give her some comfort and make the time go by faster, we sang songs and played ‘I spy,’ It made the process easier on her and it also brightened my day.”


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