COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Children’s Hospital has named nine civic and community leaders to serve as inaugural members of the Children’s Hospital Advisory Board.
The purpose of the Children’s Hospital Advisory Board is to support and promote community awareness of Children’s Hospital.
Advisory Board members will serve three-year terms. They include:
• Whit Babcock, assistant director of University of Missouri Athletics
• Susan Gray, founder of Isabel’s Country Mustard
• Mary Jo Henry, director of marketing for Machens Auto Group
• Carla Leible, general manager of Zimmer Radio
• Steve Maloney, district manager of Walmart Children's Hosptal Advisory Board
• Margaret McDermott, senior vice president of marketing for the Missouri Credit Union
• Joe Moseley, vice president of Shelter Insurance
• Doris Ross, community volunteer
• Jon Van Ness, president and chief executive officer of KRCG-TV
“All of our advisory board members share a common goal of making Columbia a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Jim Ross, chief executive officer of University of Missouri Health Care. “We look forward to their contributions and talents in working with us to educate the community and the state about the world-class care we offer at Children’s Hospital.”
The Children’s Hospital Advisory Board includes five non-voting ex-officio members:
• Jim Ross, chief executive officer of University of Missouri Health Care
• Anita Larsen, R.N., interim chief operating officer of University of Missouri Health Care
• Keri Simon, C.P.A., executive director of Columbia Regional Hospital
• Timothy Fete, M.D., medical director of Children’s Hospital, chair of the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Department of Child Health and Children’s Miracle Network Professor in Pediatrics
• Laura Gajda, executive director of University of Missouri Health Care development
University of Missouri Health Care leaders announced in October 2008 a plan to consolidate more than 30 specialty pediatric services under one roof at Columbia Regional Hospital. The move will create mid-Missouri’s only stand-alone health care facility dedicated to pediatric patient services.
Construction currently under way at Columbia Regional Hospital will provide patients and families with 100 percent private patient rooms in a newly updated, kid-friendly environment. The hospital’s location near the intersection of Highway 63 and Interstate 70 will provide convenient access for hospital patients and visitors. Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care center in mid-Missouri.
Currently housed at University Hospital and Columbia Regional Hospital, the 115-bed hospital is the only facility in mid-Missouri offering comprehensive, specialized children’s services such as trauma care, neonatal transport, child life therapy, a pediatric intensive care unit and a pediatric hematology and oncology outpatient unit.
Photo above (left to right): Jon Van Ness, Margaret McDermott, Steve Maloney, Joe Moseley, Carla Leible, Susan Gray, Mary Jo Henry and Doris Ross. Not pictured was Whit Babcock.