Event Date and Time: November 9, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Location:White River Conference Center
Paying tribute to the largest profession in the Springfield metro area, the Health Care Champions event evolved out of a partnership with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce over the past four years. This year, SBJ will honor people in the following categories:
• Top Doctors
Honoring southwest Missouri doctors, this category includes doctors who care for us from head to toe – neurosurgeons to pediatrists.
This award honors registered nurses on the front lines in areas such as emergency room nurse, pediatrics, NICU, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.
This category honors those health care workers who elevate our natural abilities – therapists. Examples include speech, physical, occupational, psychological and vision.
Often behind the scenes, this categories honors the people who keep the hospital wheels in motion. Technicians such as lab, X-ray, patient care, clinical laboratory, medical records, pharmacy and EMTs.
These honorees may never touch a patient, but they make the patient experience better. Examples include marketing, operating, case managers, ancillary services, vice presidents and others.
• Provider of the Year (Company or Organization)
This award honors the top provider company or organization in the southwest Missouri region. This category can include hospitals, health systems, clinics, dental and optometrist offices, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and private practices.
• Company Wellness Program of the Year
This award highlights a local business that has established an outstanding corporate wellness program. This category honors a business or organization that promotes a culture of health for its own employees.
• Long-Term Care or Rehabilitation Facility of the Year
This award honors the top provider of long-term care or inpatient rehabilitation services.
Health Care Champions will be featured in a special publication and recognized in during an awards dinner.
SBJ interviews the owner of David Potter Agency Inc.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of the Queen City Insane Asylum, says the name for the team was chosen lightheartedly. He said the name also catches people's attention.
Barak Hill gives advice based on what he learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected his business. He says we should all have a backup plan ready to use.
Sandy Higgins, owner of the Crackerjack Shack, recommends the book "The E-Myth Mastery" by Michael E Gerber. She says it changed the course of how she runs her business.
Aaron York describes the work culture he tries to foster at Donco3 and why he attributes to it a part of Donco3's success. Rachel York is a co-owner of Donco3 and Aaron is the General Superintendent.
Hollie Elliott, executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, explains how local schools factor into business decisions and affect a local community.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, says an important lesson she learned was not to over-expand and to do her research before hand. She gives examples from her experience as a startup business owner.
Jim and Debbie Meinsen own TCI Graphics, and are now celebrating 50 years of business. Jim Meinsen takes some time to explain his philosophy on debt, and how to stay out of it.
Caleb Scott, owner and coach of Queen City Insane Asylum semi-professional football, says the early grind was hard, but it was worth it. The team is in their second season carrying a national ranking of number 2 in the NFA IDFL.
Barak Hill, local musician and entrepreneur, tells about his switch to livestreaming in 2020. He says it was a necessary move, but also not an easy one.
Jessica Burkland, a SCORE mentor and an instructor at the MSU Department of Management, gives us a rundown of the non-profit organization SCORE. SCORE stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives and offers free consultation and advice to business owners.