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CoxHealth exec appointed by Parson to state commission

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Gov. Mike Parson appointed a member of CoxHealth’s leadership team to a state commission.

Teresa Coyan, CoxHealth’s recently promoted vice president of public affairs, was tapped to join Missouri’s Mental Health Commission, according to a news release.

The seven-member commission is in charge of appointing the director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, with confirmation by the state Senate, as well as providing policy advice to the department director. Commissioners serve four-year terms, according to DMH.MO.gov.

The Department of Mental Health is a cabinet-level state agency designed to help prevent, treat and improve the public understanding of mental disorders, according to its website.

In her position at CoxHealth, Coyan serves as the liaison between the health care system and local, state and federal legislators, businesses and community leaders. She’s also chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s governmental relations committee and a board member for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools and the Discovery Center of Springfield Inc., according to the release.

In an August news release announcing Coyan’s promotion from director of public affairs, CoxHealth President and CEO Steve Edwards praised her ability to work with multiple stakeholders in the health care process.

“Our world has become increasingly complicated and political, and it is essential that we have a strong voice and prominent seat at the table to advocate for our cause,” Edwards said in the release. “Through her knowledge, kindness and persistence, she has brought great influence to the political process and has made our organization more prominent and more successful.”

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