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Visionary Leadership Award

Missouri’s hospitals and health systems increasingly have embraced various strategies to improve the 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 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.

Recipient Selection

The recipient of the Visionary Leadership Award will be selected from all nominations. The MHA Board of Trustee’s chair officers, with support from MHA staff, will review nominations. Nominations will be kept anonymous to the best extent possible. The award winner is announced at MHA’s Annual Convention. The recipient will receive the following.

  • complimentary registration for MHA’s 99th Annual Convention
  • recognition in a news release to the area and statewide media

Past Recipients

Click the links to view the winners’ award videos.

2020 — Due to the impact of COVID-19 on hospital and health system staff, the 2020 Visionary Leadership Award was suspended.
2019 — Jodi Fincher, R.N.
2018 — Darren Bass
2017 — Laureen K. Tanner
2016 — Ranee C. Brayton and Jeffrey A. Johnston
2015 — John M. Dawes and Col. Peter Nielsen
2014 — Sean J. Hogan and Thomas Keim
2013 — Todd Krass and Ronald A. Ott
2012 — Leah Osbahr and Gary W. Pulsipher
2011 — Marcia R. Dial and James M. Sanger
2010 — David Carpenter and Steven Bjelich
2009 — Denny DeNarvaez and Ed Farnsworth
2008 — Paula Baker and John Grossmeier
2007 — Joseph W. Crossett and James W. Wente
2006 — Crystal Haynes and Wesley E. Murray
2005 — Nancy C. Arnold and Michele Schaefer
2004 — G. Richard Hastings and Michael E. Henze
2003 — John W. Bluford and John W. Richmond
2002 — Gary R. Olson and Michael B. Shirk
2001 — Ralf Salke (Rural) and Kevin F. Kast (Urban)
2000 — Randy S. Wertz (Rural) and Gary D. Duncan (Urban)
1999 — Donald J. Babb (Rural) and Lowell C. Kruse (Urban)

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