The National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association recognized Dr. Alan Rauba, Jefferson City Medical Group Internal Medicine, for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes. The Diabetes Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing clinicians who deliver quality diabetes care and by motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of services. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Rauba submitted data to demonstrate performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures, including eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. Rauba received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been in practice since 1995 and provides onsite instruction for adult patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation awarded nearly $10,000 in scholarships to students pursuing an education in health care. The 16 scholarship recipients include: Morgan Berendzen, Sharon Breuer, Ashlee Hedrick, Lyndsey Hees, Ashley Humphreys, Brittany Jordan, Ellen Komaromi, Melissa Martin, Tiffany Pringer, Jessica Roedel, Morgan Sandbothe, Becky Schwaller, Rachel Shepard, Cali Stegeman, Sarah Stockman and Keri Winegar. Pringer received the 2013 Sister Mary Jean Ryan, Lincoln University Nursing Scholarship of $2,500, established by St. Mary’s to honor Sister Mary Jean Ryan, F.S.M., the first CEO of SSM Health Care. St. Mary’s Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing health care degrees who have completed at least half of their program of study and to full-time and part-time St. Mary’s employees.

Kelli Schreimann Jones, C.F.P., C.P.A. and professional consultant at Moneta Group, has been named a Five Star Wealth Manager for the second year in a row. The program recognizes advisers who demonstrate excellence in their field based on credentials, experience, customer service history, client retention rate and other criteria. Moneta Group provides customized services for managing personal financial affairs and advises clients on how to manage, grow and protect their families’ assets though investment management, retirement planning, estate and philanthropic strategies, tax planning, money management, risk management and business succession.

Janie Hedglin, vice president/PALS director for Providence Bank, received the Certified Tourism Ambassador designation presented to outstanding professionals who are devoted to using their talents and volunteering their time to make a positive impact in Jefferson City and improve the quality of life for others in the community. The Certified Tourism Ambassador Program is a nationwide certification program accredited and licensed through the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hedglin joined Providence Bank in November 2000 and was promoted to PALS director in October 2004. She was appointed bank officer in April 2005 and vice president in March 2006. Hedglin graduated from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and attended MO Southern State College in Joplin. She is a member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce and Bank Travel Management. Hedglin and her husband, Max, have two children and two grandchildren and live in Jefferson City. 

Capital Region Medical Center’s Rhonda Cooper, R.N. and wound care nurse, achieved certification as an Ostomy Management Specialist. The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy offers the first multi-specialty Ostomy Management Specialist certification in the United States, aimed at meeting the need for specialized clinicians dedicated to the treatment and prevention of ostomy and stoma complications. CRMC is the only Jefferson City area health care provider to employ two ostomy specialized nurses.

The College Database has included William Woods University in its list of the top Missouri colleges with the highest financial return on investment. WWU was one of five private not-for-profit schools recognized. This distinction stems from a new metric created by the College Database. Schools on the list have annual tuition rates less than $20,000 and new graduates who earn more than $30,000 per year on average. WWU students enter the workforce earning an estimated $32,400 per year after graduation, which ranks it among the most financially effective of all Missouri post-secondary schools. “We knew we were doing a good job of keeping our costs low and preparing our students well for careers and life after college, but it is always nice to be recognized for our accomplishments,” says Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president.

SSM Health Care has named Tracy O’Rourke, FACHE, its new regional vice president of strategy and business development for mid-Missouri. O’Rourke will lead business development efforts for both St. Mary’s Health Center and Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo., which became part of the mid-Missouri region of SSM Health Care last April. O’Rourke brings more than 15 years of business-development experience in health care, including the past three years serving as corporate vice president of strategy and systems improvement for SSM. Prior to joining SSM, O’Rourke was the system director of strategic development for a multi-state, eight-hospital system. In addition, she was a consulting manager with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young’s Health Care Practice, where she offered expertise in supply chain management and operations improvement. O’Rourke received dual master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from the University of Missouri. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from MU as well.

Capital Region Medical Center announced the construction of a115,000-square-foot expansion of the medical center’s campus at 1125 Madison St. This will consolidate many specialty physician services provided at various Jefferson City locations to the new facility when it opens spring 2015. “This new expansion project is vital to us in a number of ways,” says Dr. Randy Haight, chief medical officer/vice president of medical affairs. “It will allow us to consolidate specialty care and physician services into one convenient, easily accessible setting.” In addition to Capital Region Physicians, enhanced outpatient services will include therapy, pharmacy, radiology, a breast center with mammography, tomosyntheses, ultrasound and stereotactic and other outpatient services. Objectives of the project are to enhance the outpatient experience and services, improve access by creating a single main entrance for patients to reduce confusion and enhance wayfinding and improve the center’s ability to recruit physicians to the Jefferson City community.