CMH hosts ninth annual Burgundy Ball, four individuals awarded Donald J. Babb Award

During the Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) Burgundy Ball program at the University Plaza Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 22, four individuals were recognized for their support of CMH with the Donald J. Babb Award. Previous recipients have included Gene Hutcheson, Linda Buffington, Mike Stephens, Michelle Morris, Joe B. Shelton, James C. Sterling, Catherine Molder, Gary Fulbright, Norman Presley, Russel Payne , Darrol Cribbs, David D. Cribbs, William S. Donnell, M.D., Monte R. Kahler, M.D., Juanita L. Tremain, Donald J. Babb, William Mathews, D.O., Kerry Douglas, David Hacker, DDS, the late Dr. Jim Sells, Wayne Wilson, and Barbara Janzekovich.

The 2012 recipients are Linda Harris, Karen Keeton, Linda Wainscott and Dr. C. Pat Taylor.

Linda Harris

Linda Harris is the project coordinator for CMH. Harris graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in 1969.  She was one of the first employees at CMH and started on Sept. 15, 1982, as the operating room supervisor, which became the director of surgery.  Harris was promoted to the assistant director of clinical services in November 2001.  The following March, Harris transferred to the information services department and became an information services specialist. 

Harris returned to her nursing background and on Oct. 31, 2004, she transferred to the cardio rehab department as a registered nurse.  In September 2005, she became the clinic manager for Outpatient Visiting Physicians also called the Professional Clinic.  In January 2008, Harris became the director of surgical services and physician clinics and the following year became the director of Ambulatory Surgery Center/Outpatient Services. Recently, Harris became the project coordinator for the hospital and continues in that role today.

Harris and her husband, Noel, have been married for nearly 42 years and have five children: Greg; Aaron; Dean; Raymond and Brenda; eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild who will be born in November.

Karen Keeton

Karen Keeton is the compliance officer at CMH. Keeton graduated from St. John’s School of Nursing in 1982.  She began her career at CMH on Sept. 29, 1982, as a registered nurse on the Medical Surgical Unit.  By 1984, Keeton moved into the assistant medical surgical unit supervisor position and provided contract Home Care Services in 1985 and 1986. 

In 1985, Keeton became the supervisor of medical surgical unit, and on Dec. 1, 1986, Keeton's role changed to the director of nursing for the hospital.  On Feb. 6, 1995,  Keeton was promoted to director of clinical services.  Several years later on Dec. 3, 2000, Keeton changed roles to become the compliance officer for the organization and since that time her job duties have expanded to also include areas of risk management.

Keeton and her husband, Robert, live in Stockton, Mo., have been married for 44 years have two children, Kristi Keeton and David Keeton, and two grandchildren, Cole and Carlie Keeton.

Linda Wainscott

Linda Wainscott graduated in 1972 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor of science in nursing.  Wainscott's career at CMH began on Sept. 15, 1982 as an in-service coordinator for nursing. 

In 1986, Wainscott became the Home Health Agency coordinator, which eventually changed to the director of Home Care Services.  Wainscott helped expand the Home Health services to include Hospice services around 1990.  In 1991, Wainscott worked with the development of an infusion therapy program for Home Care. Wainscott became the director of customer service in 2000 and in 2008, Wainscott became the director of education services.

Wainscott and her husband, Victor, have been married for 41 years and have two children: Stephanie Lloyd and Sterling Wainscott; and one grandson, Dmitri Lloyd.

Dr. C. Pat Taylor

Dr. C. Pat Taylor was selected as the 24th president of Southwest Baptist University by the board of trustees on Aug. 20, 1996, after a seven-month nationwide search. He assumed his duties as president on Oct. 21, 1996.

Prior to becoming president of SBU, Dr. Taylor served as chief academic officer at Oklahoma Baptist University for 10 years. As senior vice president and provost, Dr. Taylor was responsible for OBU’s five colleges and schools as well as student development, admissions, religious life, library services and athletics.

Dr. Taylor previously served as associate vice president for academic affairs at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., from 1979-86. From 1975-79, he was an assistant professor of education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. While at Belmont, he served as head resident of Pembroke Hall, a men’s dormitory housing 150 men. His experiences also have included community college and high school teaching and coaching.

A native of Salem, Kentucky, Dr. Taylor received his Doctor of Education degree with emphasis in history and philosophy of education from Memphis State University. He received a master’s degree in history from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from the University of Tennessee-Martin.

Dr. Taylor and his wife, Judy, have been married for 44 years and have two children: Marijo Gronewold and Charla Austermann, and two grandchildren, Drew and Luke Austermann.

September 25, 2012

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