Citizens Memorial Hospital named a new CEO to succeed its outgoing leader.
Chief Operating Officer Michael Calhoun is slated to take the top role on Jan. 1, 2022, according to a news release. He'll also lead the CMH Foundation as executive director.
Calhoun will succeed Gary Fulbright, a nearly 40-year employee of the health care system who in early 2020 took over for longtime leader Donald Babb as only the second CEO in the organization’s history. Fulbright announced earlier this year he would retire at year's end.
Pat Douglas, CMH Board of Directors chair, said Calhoun was selected from "several excellent candidates" after a local and national search was conducted.
"We’ve had the opportunity to observe Mike’s leadership within the hospital in recent years and have been impressed with his collaborative and goal-centered approach," Douglas said in the release. "We were impressed with Mike’s enthusiasm and vision for CMH’s continued future growth, emphasizing the constant improvement of quality for our patients."
Calhoun will become CEO of a Bolivar health system with more than 2,000 employees and 2020 revenue of $522 million, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.
At the CMH Foundation, Beverly Derrickson will continue to serve as chief operating officer and also will be a special projects coordinator for the hospital. A new hospital COO is slated to be announced at a later date, according to the release.
Calhoun called his promotion "an honor and privilege."
He added in the release, “It will be our focus to continue providing exceptional, patient-centered care and ensuring our local communities have access to the services and health care they need. The community has placed its trust in CMH to be there when they need us the most. We will continue building upon that trust as we improve and expand the health care services we provide."
A more than 22-year employee of CMH, Calhoun has held various roles, including a previous stint as administrative director of clinics.
Alpha Social Media looks to triple revenue on a variety of multimedia services.
Marc Thornsberry, a Senior Engineer at CJW, says he joined the company after working in the public sphere. He says CJW had a ton of experience working with the community, and putting their customer's and clients.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares helpful advice and cautionary tips about the importance of tracking cash flow for new or established businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Michael Smith and Chris Sawyer, COO and CEO of Next Level Solutions respectively, discuss how they keep their remote teams and offices in and out of country on the same page. Next Level Solutions was ranked #1 in the Springfield Business Journal's 2021 Dynamic Dozen.
John Oke-Thomas, architect and co-founder of minorities in business, responds to the accusation that minority businesses are only successful because of the priority they have received in lending. He says that if a business uses a loan well, it shows their worth.
Sandra Smart, a technology and commercialization specialist, shares tips for entrepreneurs who are ready to seek funding. Some of her tips apply broadly; some target technology industry businesses. Smart works with tech entrepreneurs and startups, and hosts training workshops through the Missouri SBDC at Missouri State University's efactory.
Hollie Elliott discusses common misconceptions about locating your business in a small town. She says that there are a lot of benefits that people may not consider.
Drawing on his own experience dynamically evolving his company and business model, Jim Meinsen discusses when and how you might need to draw on new technology. Jim and Debbie Meinsen are co-owners of TCI Graphics in Springfield.
John Oke-Thomas, longtime Springfield architect, discusses his philosophy on architecture. He says that future historians will be focused on the sustainability of our contemporary architecture.
Erin Hedlun, director of marketing and communications at Evangel University, says compassion is an important job skill. Hedlun says it is a component of what makes a leader.
Rachel Barks, owner of Artistree Pottery, talks about the concepting that went behind the aesthetic of the business.