Two Missouri Hospital Trustees Honored as Trustee of the Year

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two Missouri hospital trustees, Omanez Fockler, R.N., of Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Mo., and Peggy Dunn of Truman Medical Centers Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., were named Trustee of the Year by the Missouri Hospital Association. The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, during the Installation and Recognition Banquet at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

Omanez Fockler with Herb Kuhn, Missouri Hospital Association President

Omanez Fockler, R.N., joined the Texas County Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees in November 2000. Since that time, she has served in multiple board roles including board chair, and she has led numerous committees. Her appointment to the board came only months after her retirement from TCMH, where she had worked as an R.N. since 1959. She has been a tireless advocate for TCMH and a voice for the nursing profession statewide. Her efforts and leadership were essential to the hospitals’ $19 million, 56,000 square foot expansion, and its establishment of primary care and clinic locations in Houston, Cabool and Mountain Grove.

Peggy Dunn joined the Truman Medical Center Inc. board in 2006. Her service to Truman Medical Centers Inc. has allowed the system to build a stronger, more community-connected board, expand access to health care services for at-risk populations and widen the patient population. She understands and is an advocate for the essential mission of Truman Medical Centers — exceptional care, without exception. Her service is reflected in her personal motto, “be kind.” She is the long-serving Mayor of Leewood, Kan., and a respected civic and cultural leader. Her service to the health system began in 2002 as a member of the TMC Foundation and later as the foundation chair. Dunn served as board chair at TMC from 2013 to 2017.

“Hospital trustees are essential to establishing and maintaining strong community connections,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA President and CEO. “This year’s honorees exemplify how a strong community voice can link an institution to the community it serves.”

The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 145 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public about health care issues.

Watch the video introduction of Omanez Fockler used at the MHA Convention.

Read the nomination of Omanez Fockler from Wes Murray, TCMH CEO.

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