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CMH hosts 14th annual Burgundy Ball, five awarded Donald J. Babb Awards

During the Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation (CMH) Burgundy Ball program at the University Plaza Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 16, five individuals were recognized for their support of CMH with the Donald J. Babb Award. 

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The Donald J. Babb Award

Donald J. Babb, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CMH, has provided visionary leadership to CMH for more than 35 years. Under that leadership, CMH has transformed from a small, acute care hospital into a fully-integrated health care delivery system.

Achieving this vision has taken an immense effort and the support and cooperation of the entire community. Certain individuals stand out in providing that support for CMH and for healthcare services and programs in general. The Donald J. Babb Award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated interest, involvement and commitment to this same vision. The recipients of the Donald J. Babb Award are unique friends and supporters of CMH and have used their influence and energy to improve healthcare delivery in Bolivar and the surrounding area.

Previous Recipients

Forty-eight individuals have previously received this award including: Wanda Allen; Donald J. Babb; Linda Buffington; Steve Butcher, D.O.; Darrol Cribbs; David D. Cribbs; William S. Donnell, M.D.; Kerry Douglas; Gary Fulbright; Brad Gregory; David Hacker, DDS; Linda Harris; Lou Harris, M.D.; Rodney E. Hoover, CRNA; Gene Hutcheson; Regina James; Barbara Janzekovich; Monte R. Kahler, M.D.; Karen Keeton;  Kay Long; Alfredo Lopez; William Mathews, D.O.; Debbie McQuay; James L. Molchan, M.D.; Catherine Molder; Michelle Morris; Jean Morrow; J. Gustavo Nix, M.D.; Russel Payne; Claudia Perez-Tamayo, M.D.; Norman Presley; the late Jim Sells, Ed.D.; Joe B. Shelton; Leo Shunyakov, M.D.; Mike Stephens; James C. Sterling; Dave Strader; C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.; Jeffrey R. Tedrow, M.D.; Juanita L. Tremain; Linda Wainscott; the late Wayne Wilson; Ronald A. Evans, M.D.; Derek B. Hunter, CPA; Bill Monday; Jeffrey K. Smieshek, D.O.; K. Ronald Smith, M.D.; and Tim Wolters, CPA.

Dennis Boeke, D.O.

Dennis M. Boeke, D.O., is a board certified family medicine physician and for the last 22 years has practiced at Stockton Family Medical Center. Originally from Hubbard, Iowa, Dr. Boeke earned his medical degree from Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and completed an internship and residency at Womach Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is a member of the American Board of Family Practice.

Dr. Boeke is a retired major in the Army serving 15 years in the Medical Corps. While in the Army, he worked as a physician at Nuremburg Army Hospital, Germany; Schofield Army Health Clinic and Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Missouri; before joining the CMH medical staff in 1995. He and his wife, Donna, have five children and six grandchildren.

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray has been a leader in higher education for more than 20 years. As the president of Texas County Technical College, Houston, Missouri, for 22 years, and the president of its sister school, Bolivar Technical College, for 12 years, Gray has her hands full educating tomorrow’s health care workers.

A native of Mesa, Arizona, Gray earned a bachelor of science in business administration and management, and a master of arts in educational leadership and administration from the University of Phoenix. She also completed doctoral studies toward a doctorate in higher education leadership from North Central University, Mountain View, California.

Gray is a member of the board of directors for both Bolivar Technical College and Texas County Technical College, and is a 2004 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellent -- Innovation in Education. She previously served as an elected board member of Ozark Action in West Plains, and was a board member for Newborns in Need, Houston, Missouri. Gray and her husband, Bill, have two children.

Denni McColm

Denni McColm is the chief information officer for Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. She joined CMH in 1988 as the director of human resources and became the director of finance before moving into the CIO role in June 2003. Before she was employed with CMH, McColm also served as the CMH Gift Shop Treasurer for the CMH Auxiliary.

McColm recently was appointed to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She also serves on numerous technology committees including American Hospital Association Health IT Network and on the AHA Interoperability Advisory Group, Missouri Hospital Association Hospital Industry Data Institute Strategic Advisory Committee, the National Advisory Board for the Health Record Bank Alliance, and Medical Users Software Exchange Leadership Committee.

A Polk County, Missouri, native, McColm grew up on the family’s cattle farm and worked at her parent’s Western Auto store, now known as Roweton’s Home Center, and at the Flower Patch in Bolivar. She graduated from Bolivar High School in 1981 and was inducted into the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame in 2004.

McColm earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and management from Missouri State University, Springfield, and holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is the president of the Polk County Humane Society Board of Directors, and has served as president of the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, Bolivar Rotary Club, and Chapter EZ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. McColm and her husband, Steve, live in Dunnegan, Missouri.

Robert McMillan

Robert McMillan is the director of oncology support services at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH. He worked as the director of the Dallas County Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. in Buffalo for 15 years before starting his career at CMH in 1989 as the director of social services. After seven years as director, McMillan was promoted to the administrator of Colonial Springs Healthcare Center, Buffalo, for 12 years, until he moved to the Cancer Center in 2008.

McMillan earned a bachelor of social work from Missouri State University, Springfield, and holds a master of social work from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomat in social work. McMillan also has certification for oncology social work and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Active in local community groups for years, McMillan has been a member of the Bolivar and Buffalo Rotary Clubs, Dallas County Library Board, and Dallas County Health Department Board, and was a charter member of the Dallas County Community Resource Group and Optimist Club. McMillan was also a reserve Dallas County Deputy Sherriff for 30 years, and organized the first Buffalo Celtic Festival 15 years ago. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three children and one grandson.

D. Shelly Meents, M.D.

Dr. Shelly Meents is a board certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. She joined the Citizens Memorial Hospital medical staff in 2005, and is a specialty practice provider of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health services at Bolivar OB/GYN, a division of Signature Medical Group.

Meents earned her medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis. Prior to moving to Bolivar, Meents had a private obstetrics and gynecology medical practice in St. Louis.

An active member of the CMH medical staff, Meents has served as chief of staff and on the medical executive committee. She also has been the chairperson of the peer review committee and the surgical steering committee as well as an obstetrics physician advisor. Meents is a member of the Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation Board of Directors and lends her medical insight to the board. She is also a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.

Meents was recognized in 2016 by Springfield Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Women in southwest Missouri. She also has been named a 417 Magazine “Top Doc” each year since its inception. Meents and her husband, Stephen, have two sons.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CMH hosts 14th annual Burgundy Ball, five awarded Donald J. Babb Awards

During the Citizens Memorial Hospital/Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation (CMH) Burgundy Ball program at the University Plaza Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 16, five individuals were recognized for their support of CMH with the Donald J. Babb Award. 

The Donald J. Babb Award

Donald J. Babb, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of CMH, has provided visionary leadership to CMH for more than 35 years. Under that leadership, CMH has transformed from a small, acute care hospital into a fully-integrated health care delivery system.

Achieving this vision has taken an immense effort and the support and cooperation of the entire community. Certain individuals stand out in providing that support for CMH and for healthcare services and programs in general. The Donald J. Babb Award recognizes those individuals who have demonstrated interest, involvement and commitment to this same vision. The recipients of the Donald J. Babb Award are unique friends and supporters of CMH and have used their influence and energy to improve healthcare delivery in Bolivar and the surrounding area.

Previous Recipients

Forty-eight individuals have previously received this award including: Wanda Allen; Donald J. Babb; Linda Buffington; Steve Butcher, D.O.; Darrol Cribbs; David D. Cribbs; William S. Donnell, M.D.; Kerry Douglas; Gary Fulbright; Brad Gregory; David Hacker, DDS; Linda Harris; Lou Harris, M.D.; Rodney E. Hoover, CRNA; Gene Hutcheson; Regina James; Barbara Janzekovich; Monte R. Kahler, M.D.; Karen Keeton;  Kay Long; Alfredo Lopez; William Mathews, D.O.; Debbie McQuay; James L. Molchan, M.D.; Catherine Molder; Michelle Morris; Jean Morrow; J. Gustavo Nix, M.D.; Russel Payne; Claudia Perez-Tamayo, M.D.; Norman Presley; the late Jim Sells, Ed.D.; Joe B. Shelton; Leo Shunyakov, M.D.; Mike Stephens; James C. Sterling; Dave Strader; C. Pat Taylor, Ed.D.; Jeffrey R. Tedrow, M.D.; Juanita L. Tremain; Linda Wainscott; the late Wayne Wilson; Ronald A. Evans, M.D.; Derek B. Hunter, CPA; Bill Monday; Jeffrey K. Smieshek, D.O.; K. Ronald Smith, M.D.; and Tim Wolters, CPA.

Dennis Boeke, D.O.

Dennis M. Boeke, D.O., is a board certified family medicine physician and for the last 22 years has practiced at Stockton Family Medical Center. Originally from Hubbard, Iowa, Dr. Boeke earned his medical degree from Des Moines College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, and completed an internship and residency at Womach Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is a member of the American Board of Family Practice.

Dr. Boeke is a retired major in the Army serving 15 years in the Medical Corps. While in the Army, he worked as a physician at Nuremburg Army Hospital, Germany; Schofield Army Health Clinic and Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Fort Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Missouri; before joining the CMH medical staff in 1995. He and his wife, Donna, have five children and six grandchildren.

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray has been a leader in higher education for more than 20 years. As the president of Texas County Technical College, Houston, Missouri, for 22 years, and the president of its sister school, Bolivar Technical College, for 12 years, Gray has her hands full educating tomorrow’s health care workers.

A native of Mesa, Arizona, Gray earned a bachelor of science in business administration and management, and a master of arts in educational leadership and administration from the University of Phoenix. She also completed doctoral studies toward a doctorate in higher education leadership from North Central University, Mountain View, California.

Gray is a member of the board of directors for both Bolivar Technical College and Texas County Technical College, and is a 2004 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellent -- Innovation in Education. She previously served as an elected board member of Ozark Action in West Plains, and was a board member for Newborns in Need, Houston, Missouri. Gray and her husband, Bill, have two children.

Denni McColm

Denni McColm is the chief information officer for Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. She joined CMH in 1988 as the director of human resources and became the director of finance before moving into the CIO role in June 2003. Before she was employed with CMH, McColm also served as the CMH Gift Shop Treasurer for the CMH Auxiliary.

McColm recently was appointed to the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She also serves on numerous technology committees including American Hospital Association Health IT Network and on the AHA Interoperability Advisory Group, Missouri Hospital Association Hospital Industry Data Institute Strategic Advisory Committee, the National Advisory Board for the Health Record Bank Alliance, and Medical Users Software Exchange Leadership Committee.

A Polk County, Missouri, native, McColm grew up on the family’s cattle farm and worked at her parent’s Western Auto store, now known as Roweton’s Home Center, and at the Flower Patch in Bolivar. She graduated from Bolivar High School in 1981 and was inducted into the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame in 2004.

McColm earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and management from Missouri State University, Springfield, and holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is the president of the Polk County Humane Society Board of Directors, and has served as president of the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, Bolivar Rotary Club, and Chapter EZ of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. McColm and her husband, Steve, live in Dunnegan, Missouri.

Robert McMillan

Robert McMillan is the director of oncology support services at the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH. He worked as the director of the Dallas County Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. in Buffalo for 15 years before starting his career at CMH in 1989 as the director of social services. After seven years as director, McMillan was promoted to the administrator of Colonial Springs Healthcare Center, Buffalo, for 12 years, until he moved to the Cancer Center in 2008.

McMillan earned a bachelor of social work from Missouri State University, Springfield, and holds a master of social work from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomat in social work. McMillan also has certification for oncology social work and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Active in local community groups for years, McMillan has been a member of the Bolivar and Buffalo Rotary Clubs, Dallas County Library Board, and Dallas County Health Department Board, and was a charter member of the Dallas County Community Resource Group and Optimist Club. McMillan was also a reserve Dallas County Deputy Sherriff for 30 years, and organized the first Buffalo Celtic Festival 15 years ago. He and his wife, Charlotte, have three children and one grandson.

D. Shelly Meents, M.D.

Dr. Shelly Meents is a board certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology. She joined the Citizens Memorial Hospital medical staff in 2005, and is a specialty practice provider of obstetrics and gynecology and women’s health services at Bolivar OB/GYN, a division of Signature Medical Group.

Meents earned her medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis. Prior to moving to Bolivar, Meents had a private obstetrics and gynecology medical practice in St. Louis.

An active member of the CMH medical staff, Meents has served as chief of staff and on the medical executive committee. She also has been the chairperson of the peer review committee and the surgical steering committee as well as an obstetrics physician advisor. Meents is a member of the Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation Board of Directors and lends her medical insight to the board. She is also a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association.

Meents was recognized in 2016 by Springfield Business Journal as one of the Most Influential Women in southwest Missouri. She also has been named a 417 Magazine “Top Doc” each year since its inception. Meents and her husband, Stephen, have two sons.