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Hospitals' Physician Leaders Urge Missourians To Help Protect Health Care Workers And Hospital Resources


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Dave Dillon

Vice President of Public and Media Relations





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“As physician leaders of hospitals and health systems throughout the state of Missouri, we are united in fighting the spread of COVID-19. Every region of the state is experiencing increases in positive cases, and hospitalizations are surging. This is putting incredible stress on doctors, nurses, therapists, custodians, and food services and support staff who will continue to suffer additional stress and risk their own infection, illness and mortality.

Missouri’s hospitals and health care facilities will continue requiring staff, patients and visitors to follow public safety protocols, including mask-wearing, screenings upon entry to our facilities, and limitation of visitors. We urge everyone to do their part: wear a mask, stay at least six feet apart, avoid gathering in large crowds and wash your hands frequently to keep your friends and neighbors — and our health care workers — safe.

It is imperative that every Missouri resident join us in taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. And, we urge Gov. Mike Parson to continue to promote the message that Missourians’ help and compliance is necessary to help prevent catastrophic increases in hospital admissions.

Missouri hospitals draw on data and guidance from public health experts to guide their decision-making. Taking these measures will help keep hospitals from being overwhelmed and remain safe places for patients to receive both routine and emergency care.

Please support our dedicated and courageous health care staff as they continue the fight against COVID-19. Together, we can keep this dangerous virus under control.”

Robin Blount, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Boone Hospital Center
Chair, MHA Hospital Physician Executive Group
Scott Kirkley, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Parkland Health Center – Farmington
Garima Signh, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Burrell Behavioral Health
Raghavendra Adiga, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Liberty Hospital
Azfar Malik, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
CenterPointe Behavioral Health System
Kirk Sloan, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
St. Joseph Medical Center
Mitchell Botney, M.D.
V.P. and Chief Medical Officer
Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Kimberly Megow, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
HCA MidAmerica Division
Arneli Solidum, M.D.
Medical Director
Heartland Behavioral Health
William Dailey, M.D.
Chief Medical Information Officer
Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
Darryl Nelson, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Centerpoint Medical Center
James Stewart, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
North Kansas City Hospital
Thomas Diemer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Saint Francis Healthcare System
Pranav Parikh, M.D.
Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
Hannibal Regional Hospital
Stephen Stewart, M.D.
Regional Vice President of Medical Affairs
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City
Randall Haight, M.D.
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Capital Region Medical Center
Phineas Oren, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Mercy Hospital St. Louis
AJ Strickland, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Excelsior Springs Hospital
Darin Haug, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer and ED Medical Director
Fitzgibbon Hospital
Olevia Pitts, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Research Medical Center-HCA
Rishi Sud, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Esse Health
Nicholas Holekamp, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
Timothy Pratt, M.D.
Vice President, Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Fenton
Davin Turner, D.O.
Chief Medical Officer
Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph Medical Center
Scott Holman, D.O.
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville
Nathaniel Ratchford, M.D
Senior VP/Chief Medical Officer – Hospital
Phelps Health
Shawn Usery, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Cox Medical Center Branson
Peter Holt, M.D.
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City
Frank Romero, Jr., M.D.
Chief Medical Officer/Vice President, Administration
Mark Wakefield, M.D.
Associate Chief Medical Officer
MU Health Care
Matthew Janzow, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Sebastian Rueckert, M.D.
Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
Christian Hospital
Jerry Wilmes, M.D. 
Medical Director
Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville

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