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2020 40 Under 40: Josh Bade, 34

General Counsel, Burrell Behavioral Health

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Josh Bade continues to expand his knowledge of Springfield’s health care industry through a recent pivot to Burrell Behavioral Health in February as head of the legal department and general counsel.

Bade, who established himself as administrative director and assistant general counsel for CoxHealth in 2016, developed a systemwide ambulatory facilities plan to invest in primary care, placing similar services in one location and expanding the hospital’s footprint. And as a member of the Cox Medical Group Access executive leadership team, he helped primary care access increase by nearly 12% in 2019.

The move to Burrell provides an opportunity to be at the forefront of a new movement.

“I moved over because I see mental health being the next step as a nation to move forward and make strides,” he says.

“If you would’ve told me in law school that someday I will be a health care administrator, I would have called you crazy... but here I am.”

What is your proudest moment? When my daughter, Hadley, was selected as the top camper at Kanakuk. There is no better feeling than watching your kids succeed.

How many times do you hit the snooze button in the morning? My wife is my alarm clock. She will literally make the bed with me in it if I don’t get up soon enough.

What’s your most treasured possession? A pocket watch that my Papa Johnny left me. He was an incredible person that taught me the importance of putting others first.


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