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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 & Trade Show.

Past Recipients

Click the links to view the winners’ award videos.

2023 Award Winner

Ronald D. Trulove
Mercy Health
St. Louis



2022 Award Winner

Melinda L. Estes, M.D.
President and CEO
Saint Luke’s Health System
Kansas City, Mo.


2021 Award Winner

Herb B. Kuhn
Former President and CEO
Missouri Hospital Association


2020 Award Winner

All Missouri hospitals were honored for service above and beyond the call of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award represents the distinguished service provided by all hospital employees, and recognizes their extraordinary contributions and sacrifice throughout 2020.


2019 Award Winner

Christine M. Candio, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
St. Luke’s Health Corporation


2018 Award Winner

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


2017 Award Winner

Mark Laney, M.D.
Mosaic Life Care

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