Chamber selects Dr. John Bentley as 2015 Springfieldian
The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce chose Dr. John Bentley as its 2015 Springfieldian.
Announced Friday night during the chamber’s annual meeting, the honor recognizes one of the founding doctors of Jordan Valley Community Health Center for his health care contributions to the community.
The federally qualified health center near downtown Springfield recognized his 50 years of practicing medicine in June with the naming of the John D. Bentley, M.D., Center for Health and Wellness, a 30,000-square-foot building on the south side of the clinic.
After earning his medical degree in 1964 from the University of Pennsylvania and finishing training in internal medicine in 1968 at the University of Wisconsin, he practiced medicine at what is now Mercy Hospital Springfield for 35 years.
Bentley was a 20-year volunteer for The Kitchen Clinic and co-founded Jordan Valley Community Health Center in 2002.
Springfield Business Journal honored Bentley with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Business Award, and he received Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Humanitarian Award in 2002 and the Missourian Award in 2010.
The chamber began honoring Springfieldians annually in 1957 with the selection of Durward G. Hall, and in 2014, selected former Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson. Bentley’s wife, Roseann, was named the 2003 Springfieldian.[[In-content Ad]]
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