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Health Care Heroes winners announced
 

JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Business Journal has announced the winners and top winners of its second Health Care Heroes Awards.

Health Care Heroes recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding efforts in promoting and providing health care services and education to the communities they serve in Southeast Kansas, Southwest Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma. Not only do these awards honor those professionals that serve in their respective medical and allied health fields, but it spotlights many of the advances and innovations made in the industry that have raised the level of health care in the region to among the highest in the nation.

The response to the call for nominations for the first awards was unprecedented, and the Journal recognized 34 professionals and organizations from an outstanding group of nominees. This year, the selection process was even more challenging for our judges with so many more nominations received for consideration.

This year's 38 winners and top winners were selected from nine categories: Community Outreach, Medical Clinics, Physician, Nurse, Health Care Provider – Non-Physician, Professional Staff, Volunteers, Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Education, and Lifetime Achievement.



Here is the list of this year's honorees:

Community Outreach – top winner:
   Kathleen Sandness, M.D., internal medicine, Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center and private practice, Pittsburg, Kan.
Community Outreach – winners:
   Children's Miracle Network, Joplin, Mo.
   Marianella Padron, executive director of tennis, Millennium Tennis and Fitness Club, Joplin, Mo.
Medical Clinics – top winner:
   Morris and Hill Medical Clinic, Fredonia, Kan., Drs. Terry Morris and Tonya Hill
Physician – top winner:
   Russell Kennedy, D.O., family practice, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
Physician – winners:
   Davis L. Bronson, M.D., plastic surgery, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
   Anisa Hassan, M.D., oncology, Freeman Cancer Institute, Joplin, Mo.
   Charles "Joe" Chouteau, M.D., family practice, INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital, Grove, Okla.
   Lonnie Dillon, M.D., orthopedic surgery, Southeast Kansas Orthopedic Clinic, Parsons, Kan.
   Allen Moorhead Jr., M.D., wound care and hyperbaric medicine, Wilson Medical Center, Neodesha, Kan.
Nursing – top winner:
   Christine Hoag-Apel, R.N., trauma services supervisor, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
Nursing – winners:
   Charles Coe, R.N., director, orthopaedics and general surgery, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
   Kathleen Cowley, R.N., manager, obstetrics, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
   Nancy Bettasso, R.N., director, hospital clinics, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
   Jerri Richardson, R.N., wound care coordinator, Oxford HealthCare, Joplin, Mo.
Health Care Provider – Non-Physician – top winner:
   Sarah Smith, president, Student Nurses Association, Northeast Oklahoma A&M, Miami, Okla.
Health Care Provider – Non-Physician – winners:
   Pat Carden, lead helicopter pilot, MedFlight, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
   Rosie Hubert, In-Home Aide, Oxford HealthCare, Joplin, Mo.
   Leroy Jones, shuttle driver, transportation department, Labette Health, Parsons, Kan.
Professional Staff: Outstanding Individual Leadership – top winner:
   Joe Kirk, executive vice president, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
Professional Staff: Outstanding Individual Leadership – winners:
   Coleen Cameron, R.N., vice president, clinical services, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
   Wes McGuirk, regional director, Oxford HealthCare, Joplin, Mo.
   David Morris, director, public relations and marketing, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
   Connie Russow, director, materials management, McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital, Carthage, Mo.
   Terry Wachter, vice president, mission and ministry, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
Volunteers – top winner:
   Doris and Charley Gibbons, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
Volunteers – winners:
   Earl and Wilma Perry, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
   Olen and Gladys Reding, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
   Thelma Widener, Freeman Health System, Neosho, Mo.
Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Education – top winners:
   Northeast Oklahoma A&M, Miami, Okla.
      Bethene Fahnestock, M.S.N., interim dean, human environmental sciences
      Deborah Morgan, R.N., chair, department of nursing
Outstanding Achievement in Health Care Education – winners:
   DeLyna Bohnenblust, Ed.D., director of nursing, Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan.
   Laurie Smith, R.N., diabetes nurse educator, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
   Kelli Bigando, R.N., director, patient care services, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.
Lifetime Achievement: Executive Leadership – top winner
   Lance G. Beshore, Ph.D., chairman, board of directors, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
Lifetime Achievement: Distinguished Leadership in Surgery – top winner
   David Ball, M.D., orthopaedic surgery, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
Lifetime Achievement: Distinguished Service Excellence – top winner
   Pat Bearden, R.N., patient advocacy, McCune-Brooks Regional Hospital, Carthage, Mo.
Lifetime Achievement: Distinguished Medical Service – top winner
   Larry McIntire, D.O., otolaryngological surgery, Freeman Health System, Joplin, Mo.
Lifetime Achievement: Pastoral Care – top winner
   Sister Mary Angelene Schram, registrations clerk, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo.

The resumes were impressive and the choices were tough, but the judges believe they chose a group of honorees that exemplify the very best from the regional medical community. These honorees join the ranks of thousands of people in the medical world who are giving it their absolute best every day. While everyone working in this industry is a hero, there are those individuals and organizations that stood out among the rest and we recognize them in our upcoming special edition.

Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners this year and thank you for your service to your organizations, the communities that you serve, and fostering the betterment of health care for your fellow human being.

The winners and top winners will be honored at an awards banquet slated for March 31, 8:30 to 10.30 a.m. at the Butcher's Block Banquet Center, 499 W. Fountain Road, Joplin.
Tickets for the awards banquet are $30 per person, and for a table eight, $240.

For more information and tickets to the event, please contact Phil Graham at (417) 623-9901 ext. 472 or Brandi Cisneros at (417) 623-9901 ext. 474.


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