MHA Awards

Each year, the Missouri Hospital Association presents health care organizations and leaders with prestigious awards, including the Aim for Excellence Award, Visionary Leadership Award, Trustee of the Year Award and Distinguished Service Award. The awards are presented at MHA's Annual Convention & Trade Show.

  • 2018 Award Winners
  • Aim for Excellence
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Trustee of the Year
  • Distinguished Service

MHA Aim for Excellence Award

Perry County Memorial Hospital, Perryville
Clinical Excellence – Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Hospitals

CoxHealth, Springfield
Clinical Excellence – Small and Large Metropolitan Hospitals

Mercy Health, St. Louis
Clinical Excellence – Care Collaborative or Health System

MHA Distinguished Service Award

Randall L. O'Donnell, Ph.D., President and CEO
Children's Mercy Kansas City

MHA Visionary Leadership Award

Darren Bass
President, Cox Monett Hospital
System Vice President, Community Hospital Group

MHA Trustee of the Year Award

Thomas W. Wagstaff
Saint Luke's Health System

Robert Jackson
Community Hospital – Fairfax

MHA Health Policy Leadership

Rep. Jack Bondon

Sen. Sandy Crawford

Jonathan Heidt, M.D., MHA, FACEP
Emergency Medicine Medical Director, University of Missouri Health Care
Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of Missouri School of Medicine


Nurse Leadership

Presented by the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Laura Raineri, BSN, MSN Candidate
Rising Nurse Leader of the Year
Team Leader, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Catherine Jamerson, MSN, MA, BSN
Excellence in Leadership
Director, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – St. Louis


Volunteer Services

Presented by the Midwest Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals.

"Clinical Mercy Service Volunteer Program"
Mercy Hospital St. Louis


Auxiliaries of the Year

Presented by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.

Cox Monett Auxiliary
Monett, Mo.

Mercy Hospital Lebanon Auxiliary
Lebanon, Mo.

Lake Regional Health System Auxiliary
Osage Beach, Mo.

Christian Hospital Auxiliary & Volunteer Services
St. Louis, Mo.


Auxilian of the Year

Presented by the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.

Earline Kelley
Freeman Auxiliary, Joplin


MHA Donate Life

MU Health Care, Columbia, Mo.
Midwest Transplant Network

Saint Francis Medical Center, Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Mid-America Transplant


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Aim for Excellence Award

Aim for Excellence Award

In 2016, MHA introduced the Aim for Excellence Award to recognize Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes related to the Triple Aim approach.

The Aim for Excellence Award is an annual, prestigious award recognizing Missouri hospitals’ innovation and outcomes. The award recognizes achievement, disseminates successful models, motivates innovation, promotes publication, and supports application to nationally-based grants and awards.

The goal of every hospital is to maximize patient-centered, efficient quality of care, while reducing financial costs and penalties. The “Triple Aim” approach is intended to improve the individual experience of care, improve the health of populations and reduce per capita costs of care for populations.

Learn more
about the Aim for Excellence Award.

Visionary Leadership Award

Visionary Leadership Award 

Missouri’s hospitals and health systems increasingly have embraced various strategies to improve health, clinical and safety outcomes of the patients and communities they serve. The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes innovative service and program initiatives led by the nominee. This award does not focus on building or service line expansion.

Recognizing outstanding achievements in clinical and health outcomes, this award will is presented at MHA’s annual convention to a hospital or health system chief executive whose organization has demonstrated sustained improvements in clinical and health outcomes.

Learn more about the Visionary Leadership Award.

Trustee of the Year Award


The Trustee of the Year Award recognizes and honors up to two individual trustees from a Missouri hospital who currently serve on a Missouri hospital or health system governing board. The selection criteria is based on leadership skills, grassroots advocacy, community involvement, meeting participation and personal development. The awards are presented each year at MHA’s annual convention.

Learn more about the Trustee of the Year Award.

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 1975 to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to their hospitals or health systems, their communities, the field of health care, and the Missouri Hospital Association. The award is the association's highest honor and is presented each year at MHA's annual convention.