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The Society of Hospital Medicine named Dr. Kayce Morton, a pediatric hospitalist with CoxHealth, to its pediatrics committee, which works to promote the practices of pediatric hospital medicine. Her term will expire in May 2013.

Citizens MemorialHospital hired Dr. Chetan Soni, an ophthalmologist. Soni is a graduate of the Medical College of Baroda, India, serving as chief resident in ophthalmology, and he completed a residency in ophthalmology at Mason Eye Institute with the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Springfield Chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants named Rachel Simons, CoxHealth’s senior internal auditor, its Member of the Year. Simons, a certified public accountant, will serve as 2012–13 chapter president.

Northside Dental Clinic added Dr. Kelly Dove. Dove earned her Doctorate of Dental Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

CoxHealth hired two physicians to work in adult and pediatric urgent care. Dr. Rachael Winston earned her medical degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency at Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Melissa Rodgers graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a pediatrics residency at Kansas University Medical Center and a pediatric critical care fellowship at Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois.

Skaggs Regional Medical Center hired Dr. Cassandra Ashley. She earned her medical degree and completed a residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Ashley also completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City. She is board-certified in internal medicine.

The American Hospital Association named Mercy to its annual Most Wired list, which also includes Mayo Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Mercy is now one of 7 percent of U.S. hospitals with integrated electronic health record system sophisticated enough to access and share medical records among multiple facilities in several states.

The Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons presented the President’s Award to Dr. Logan Banks, a physician and faculty member with the Cox Family Medicine Residency program. The award is given annually to one Missouri osteopathic physician who has been in practice for less than 10 years. Banks was honored for his advocacy for patients and commitment to international missions.

Mercy Springfield Communities named John Twitty chairman of its board of directors. Twitty retired as general manager at City Utilities of Springfield in June 2011 and is executive director of the Transmission Access Policy Study Group, which represents utility members in 36 states.

U.S. News & World Report named CoxHealth to its latest list of Best Hospitals. CoxHealth was the only Springfield hospital to make the list, which is ranked primarily by objective measures of hospital performance and resources such as patient survival rates and nurse staffing levels. CoxHealth also was recognized by the publication as a high-performing hospital in five specialties: ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, gynecology, neurology, neurosurgery and pulmonology.

Mercy promoted Sallie Hazelrigg to regional vice president of philanthropy. She oversees fundraising and charitable gifts for Mercy’s central region. She previously served as Mercy Health Foundation-Springfield and as interim president of philanthropy for Mercy central communities.

Vicki Good, administrative director of patient safety at CoxHealth, was elected to a one-year term as president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care. The association represents 500,000 acute and critical care nurses in more than 240 chapters worldwide.

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