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Health Care Champions

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The Health Care Champions event pays tribute to the companies and members of the largest profession in the Springfield metro area.

Health Care Champions are featured in a special publication and recognized during an awards dinner.


Event Date: June 27, 2024

Location: Oasis Hotel & Convention Center

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Purchase Tickets: Tickets are not yet available for this event


Individuals and organizations will be honored in the following categories:

  • Top Physician
    MD, DO
  • Top Specialty Provider
    Dentist or Orthodontist (DDS, DMD); Optometrists (OD); Chiropractors (DC); Pharmacists (Pharm. D); Psychologists (Psy. D, Ph. D); Physical Therapists (DPT)
  • Advanced Practice Provider
    Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Assistant Physician, Certified Nurse Specialist, Certified Registered Nurse
  • Administrator
  • Nurse
  • Health Care Professional
    Patient-facing and business team members supporting health care services not covered by another category
  • Company Awards:
    Top Large Health Care Organization (500+ employees)
    Top Mid-Size Health Care Organization (100-499 employees)
    Top Small Health Care Organization (1-99 employees)

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2023 Honorees:

Physician:

  • Dr. Stephen R. Adams, medical director at AIDS Project of the Ozarks
  • Dr. Mark Walterskirchen, urologist and surgeon at Citizens Memorial Hospital

Specialty Provider:

  • Mariah Hollabaugh system director of pharmacy for Citizens Memorial Hospital
  • Sandra Rice, associate optometrist at The Vision Clinic PC
  • Dana Scott, physical therapist at CoxHealth

Administrator:

  • Tessie Bowmaker, nurse manager in the Neurotrauma and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at CoxHealth
  • Dr. Ronald Evans, chief medical officer for Citizens Memorial Hospital

Advanced Practice Provider:

  • Jeff Del Vecchio, physician assistant at Mercy Springfield Communities
  • Kim Doolin, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Citizens Memorial Hospital
  • Kim McGinn-Perryman, family nurse practitioner at CoxHealth

Nurse:

  • Ruth Brown, NEST partnership coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department
  • Angela Long, director of behavioral health operations for Citizens Memorial Hospital
  • Heather Ulm, clinical nurse educator at Mercy Hospital Springfield

Health Care Professional:

  • Valerie Alfano, outpatient therapist at Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Lori Pace, hospital services specialist at Mid-America Transplant Services

Health Care Organization:

  • Jordan Valley Community Health Center, large
  • Eustasis Psychiatric & Addiction Health, medium
  • AIDS Project of the Ozarks, small

If you have questions about this event, please email Amy Egger at aegger@sbj.net or call 417-831-3238.


Click here to view past Health Care Champions honorees

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