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New health care alliance appoints executive director

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The Alliance for Healthcare Education, formed last year by CoxHealth, Missouri State University, Ozarks Technical Community College and Springfield Public Schools, has appointed its first executive director.

Shallina Goodnight has been named to the leadership role effective immediately, according to a news release issued March 1. She brings experience to the role as administrative director for CoxHealth at Home.

Her selection followed an “exhaustive search” yielded dozens of candidates, said CoxHealth Vice President of Human Resources Andy Hedgpeth, in an interview after the announcement.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Shallina for the past 15 years that I’ve been working at CoxHealth,” said Hedgpeth, noting she’s an “outstanding candidate” with a “wonderful personality.”

He added, “I know she’s going to do a fantastic job for the Alliance.”

Goodnight’s appointment as executive director was approved in a unanimous vote on Feb. 29 by the Alliance of Healthcare Education board that comprises board President Lathan, Max Buetow of CoxHealth, Hal Higdon of OTC, Clif Smart of MSU and Rob Fulp of Great Southern Bank and the CoxHealth Board of Directors. 

In the near term, Goodnight will work with the Alliance for Healthcare Education board to determine priority needs and next steps. The partnership announced in August calls for Cox College to transition into an educational hub for its four partners, according to past reporting.

“Health care as an industry directly impacts the health and well-being of our entire community,” Goodnight said.

She’s scheduled to start in her new role no later than June 1, which would give CoxHealth time to find a successor for her role at CoxHealth at Home.

At CoxHealth at Home, Goodnight led the organization’s name-change transition as Oxford HealthCare integrated into CoxHealth. She has more than 20 years’ experience in health care.

[Editor’s note: Shallina Goodnight is married to Marty Goodnight, publisher of Springfield Business Journal. ]

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