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 and Trustee of the Year Award. The awards are presented at MHA's Annual Convention & Trade Show.

  • Aim for Excellence
  • Visionary Leadership
  • Trustee of the Year
  • 2017 Award Winners

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.

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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.

MHA Aim for Excellence Award

Capital Region Medical Center
Jefferson City, Mo.

Northeast Regional Medical Center
Kirksville, Mo.

MHA Distinguished Service Award

Mark Laney, M.D., CEO
Mosaic Life Care
St. Joseph, Mo.

MHA Visionary Leadership Award

Laureen K. Tanner, R.N., MSN, FACHE, President and CEO
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Maryland Heights, Mo.

MHA Trustee of the Year

Omanez Fockler, R.N.
Texas County Memorial Hospital
Houston, Mo.

Peggy Dunn
Truman Medical Centers Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.

MHA Health Policy Leadership Award

Missouri Senator Caleb Rowden
Jefferson City, Mo.


MONL Excellence in Nursing Award

Helen Cassidy, R.N., BSN, MSN, Hospice Director
Mercy Hospice St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo.


MONL Rising Nurse Leader Award

Julie Grace, R.N., BSN, CCRN, Nurse Clinician
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo.


Midwest Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals Award for Excellence

Citizens Memorial Hospital
Bolivar, Mo.


Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries Outstanding Auxilian Award

Phyllis Cottrell
Mercy Hospital Joplin
Joplin, Mo.


Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries Auxiliary of the Year Award

Cass Regional Medical Center Auxiliary
Harrisonville, Mo.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Audrain Auxiliary
Mexico, Mo.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Jefferson City Auxiliary
Jefferson City, Mo.

CoxHealth Auxiliary
Springfield, Mo.

Donate Life Award

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, Mo.

Research Medical Center
Kansas City, Mo. 


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