MHA Honors Two Hospital Executives For Visionary Leadership In Health Care

November 8, 2016
Renee Brayton

Two Missouri hospital executives have been honored by the Missouri Hospital Association for their contributions to improving the health of their communities. The recipients of MHA’s 2016 Visionary Leadership Awards are Renee C. Brayton, CEO of Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Mo., and Jeffery A. Johnston, President of Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 3, during the Installation and Recognition Banquet at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 94th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.


Ranee C. Brayton, MBA, BSN, FACHE
Brayton is driven to provide excellent patient care. Throughout her tenure she has emphasized systems that improve care, including implementing daily safety huddles, bedside shift reports and hourly rounding. Her leadership has allowed Northeast Regional Medical Center to avoid serious patient-safety events and patient falls with injury for more than two years. The medical center has performed no early elective deliveries since 2012.

“Ranee’s success is clearly visible in the numbers,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA President and CEO. “Under her leadership, the hospital has become a high-reliability organization, focused on patients and excellence in care.”

Brayton joined Northeast Regional Medical Center in 1987 as the Director of Nursing and has served as CEO since 2013. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and a MBA from William Woods University, in Fulton, Mo. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as a board member for various community organizations.

Jeffery Johnstonn

Jeffery A. Johnston, MHA, MBA
Johnston’s leadership has affected Mercy Hospital’s culture. He has focused on actively engaged front-line staff to identify problems and opportunities for improvement. Johnston spends hours each week with patients and staff to understand how he can make things better for everyone. He recognizes that the key to improvement in patient safety and quality is through the engagement of front-line staff and physicians, which has led to operational excellence.

“Jeff understands that the best way to improve care is to go to where it’s being delivered and engage the patients and providers,” Kuhn said. “He knows how to keep everyone engaged and focused, and the results are borne out by the hospital’s achievements.”

During his tenure, staff engagement scores have risen, including a significant improvement in the culture of safety domain. Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores also have improved, indicating an increase in patient satisfaction. Johnston received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., and masters’ degrees in business administration and hospital and health administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.