Board of Directors

Steven C. Bjelich, MHA

Steven C. Bjelich is President and CEO of Saint Francis Health Care System. Bjelich has 25 years of extensive health care experience at the senior management level, previously serving as President and CEO at Saint Francis Hospital and Health care Services (Wilmington, DE); Executive Director at Wyoming Valley Health Care System (Kingston, PA); Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital (Louisville, KY); and Executive Vice President/Chief Operation Officer at Medical Center of North Hollywood (North Hollywood, CA). Bjelich has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Indiana University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Bjelich is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD

Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD, FACS practices plastic surgery with Plastic Surgery Consultants, LTD in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Cabbabe received his Medical Degree from the Damascus University School of Medicine, and served his Surgical Internship at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center in Chicago, followed by General Surgery Residency at University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and training in Plastic Surgery at St. Louis University. Dr. Cabbabe is certified by the American Board of Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cabbabe is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine and has held leadership positions at various St. Louis area hospitals, as well as national and state physician organizations, in addition to numerous publications and honors for his professional and community leadership.

Thomas L. Holloway

Thomas L. Holloway is the Executive Vice President of the Missouri State Medical Association. Before becoming EVP, he was the MSMA’s Director of Governmental Relations for 23 years, and was employed for seven years in Washington, DC, as a congressional aide and as federal affairs representative for a consortium of investor-owned electric companies. Mr. Holloway graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Health Education Foundation, the Missouri State Medical Association Insurance Agency, the Missouri Medical Political Action Committee, and the Friends of the Missouri State Archives, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Archaeological Society.

S. Gordon Jones, Jr., MD

Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He practices family medicine with the Ferguson Medical Group, Sikeston. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Health Quality Association and the Missouri State Medical Association. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Kendig_SueSusan M. Kendig, JD, MSN, WHNP-BC, FAANP

Susan is an attorney and nurse practitioner with over thirty years of experience in the health care industry. As President of Health Policy Advantage, LLC, Ms. Kendig provides policy analysis, consultation and strategic development support for healthcare providers and community organizations responding to a rapidly changing health care environment. Her primary areas of focus include patient safety, primary care, and clinical integration, including Patient Safety Organization (PSO), ACO and Medical Home initiatives. She is a Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she coordinates the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, and teaches graduate level health policy courses. Active in public service at the state and national level, Ms. Kendig has served on the CMS Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), the Missouri Patient Safety Commission, the Missouri Office on Women’s Health – Women’s Health Council and, the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality; and, is a current Missouri Health Connection Board Member.  She is a Past Board Chairperson of the National Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and now serves as NPWH Director of Policy.  Ms. Kendig is an appointee to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health; and the National Women’s Law Center and ACOG Well Woman Visit Advisory Committees.  She is currently leading the 7th revision of the national Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Guidelines for Practice and Education.

Daniel Landon

Daniel Landon is Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). He joined MHA in August 1993. His responsibilities include managing the association’s federal and state advocacy functions and performance measure programs. Prior to joining MHA, Mr. Landon worked for the House Research staff of the Missouri House of Representatives for nearly ten years. The House Research staff provides nonpartisan research, policy analysis, and bill drafting services to the House of Representatives, its committees, and individual legislators.

Becky Miller, MHA, CPHQ, FACHE (ex-officio member)

Ms. Miller is the Executive Director of the Missouri Center for Patient Safety. As Executive Director, she is responsible for the leadership, development and management of the Center. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Certified Healthcare Professional and a Certified Healthcare Executive. Having worked in health care for over twenty years, Ms. Miller’s experience includes leadership of organization-wide quality and risk management programs, customer service, safety and security and medical staff services. She also has experience in the area of health care policy, most recently as Vice President for Quality and Regulatory Advocacy at the Missouri Hospital Association.

Richard A. Royer, MBA

Richard A. Royer currently serves as chief executive officer of Primaris. Mr. Royer graduated from the University of Akron, Ohio, with a BS in Accounting, from Cleveland State University with an MBA, and from the Advanced Management Program of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has 27 years of medical business experience and has been Chief Executive Officer at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, General Hospital; Executive Director of Columbia Regional Hospital; and founder and president of Avalon Development, a medical financial consulting firm.

Stephen R. Smith, MD

Stephen R. Smith, MD is a 1982 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and recipient of the 1982 Russell D. Sheldon Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Department of Anesthesiology.  Dr. Smith is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.  Clinical interests include difficult airway management, trauma anesthesiology, and office based anesthesiology. He serves as Chairman of two work-groups within the Trauma and Burn Quality Improvement Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement Committee, Vice Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology Quality Improvement Committee, Patient Safety Committee, and has served on the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He was commissioner of the Missouri Patient Safety Committee and Chairman of the Data Collection and Reporting Subcommittee from 2003-2004. He has served as a Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, President, President Elect, and Board of Directors and Chairman for the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Missouri State Medical Association, St. Louis Society of Anesthesiologists, St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Association and University of Missouri School of Medicine Alumni Association, of which he has been President since April 2011. Currently, Dr. Smith is practicing within a private practice in Anesthesiology at Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., in Ballwin, Missouri.  Dr. Smith is married with five children, has a SCUBA certification, Amateur Radio Technician License, is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, and he is Volunteer Assistant Medical Officer with the Monarch Fire Protection District.

Brent VanConia

Brent joined SSM Health Care in 1999.  In 2003, he oversaw development of SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, a $32 million ambulatory center with services of ambulatory surgery, radiology, and medical and radiation oncology.  Since joining SSM, Brent has also held positions of Vice President Ambulatory Services, COO at two hospitals, and since 2007, as President at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.  St. Mary’s was the recipient of a Missouri Quality Award in 2009.  St. Mary’s is currently designing a replacement 167-bed hospital at a cost of $211 million. Prior to joining SSM, Brent’s previous experience includes working outside health care and several years working in for-profit health care with physicians.  Brent has a M.S. in Economics from Southern Illinois University and a M.B.A. from Washington University.

Bruce R. Williams, D.O.

Bruce R. Williams, D.O. is a 1987 graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a General Rotating Internship at University of Health Sciences Hospital in Kansas City in 1988. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. Dr Williams is a Past President of the Jackson County Osteopathic Medical Association and the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and he is currently the President-Elect of the Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He is an Alternate Trustee to the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, serves on the J5 Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee, and has served as a Delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates since 1997. Dr Williams practices in Blue Springs, Missouri. His wife, Julie is an attorney and they have one son, Blake who is a student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and studying Business Management.

 

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Steven C. Bjelich, MHA

Steven C. Bjelich is President and CEO of Saint Francis Health care System. Bjelich has 25 years of extensive health care experience at the senior management level, previously serving as President and CEO at Saint Francis Hospital and Health care Services (Wilmington, DE); Executive Director at Wyoming Valley Health Care System (Kingston, PA); Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital (Louisville, KY); and Executive Vice President/Chief Operation Officer at Medical Center of North Hollywood (North Hollywood, CA).

Bjelich has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Indiana University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Bjelich is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Edmond B. Cabbabe

Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD, FACS practices plastic surgery with Plastic
Surgery Consultants, LTD in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Cabbabe received
his Medical Degree from the Damascus University School of Medicine, and
served his Surgical Internship at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center
in Chicago, followed by General Surgery Residency at University of
Tennessee in Chattanooga and training in Plastic Surgery at St. Louis
University. Dr. Cabbabe is certified by the American Board of Surgery
and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cabbabe is also a Clinical Professor of
Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine and has held
leadership positions at various St. Louis area hospitals, as well as
national and state physician organizations, in addition to numerous
publications and honors for his professional and community leadership.

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Thomas L. Holloway

Thomas L. Holloway is the Executive Vice President of the Missouri
State Medical Association. Before becoming EVP, he was the MSMA’s
Director of Governmental Relations for 23 years, and was employed for
seven years in Washington, DC, as a congressional aide and as federal
affairs representative for a consortium of investor-owned electric
companies. Mr. Holloway graduated from the University of Central
Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He currently
serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Health Education
Foundation, the Missouri State Medical Association Insurance Agency,
the Missouri Medical Political Action Committee, and the Friends of the
Missouri State Archives, and is on the Board of Trustees of the
Missouri Archaeological Society.

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S. Gordon Jones, Jr., MD

Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School
of Medicine. He practices family medicine with the Ferguson Medical
Group, Sikeston. Dr. Jones is a member of the American Medical
Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American
Health Quality Association and the Missouri State Medical Association.
He is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and the
National Board of Medical Examiners.

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Daniel Landon

Daniel Landon is Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations for
the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA). He joined MHA in August 1993.
His responsibilities include managing the association¡¯s federal and
state advocacy functions and performance measure programs.
Prior to joining MHA, Mr. Landon worked for the House Research staff of
the Missouri House of Representatives for nearly ten years. The House
Research staff provides nonpartisan research, policy analysis, and bill
drafting services to the House of Representatives, its committees, and
individual legislators.

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Peter Lyskowski

Mr. Lyskowski was appointed Deputy Director of the Missouri Department
of Health and Senior Services in October 2010. Peter is a native of
Jefferson City, Missouri and a graduate of Helias High School. He
earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, and a law
degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Before his
appointment, Peter served as the Deputy Director of the Missouri
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Acting Director of the
Division of Workers’ Compensation from January 2009 to October 2010. He
also served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri
from 2003-2008, working in the Labor and Consumer Protection Divisions,
and then in the Administrative Office.

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Becky Miller, MHA, CPHQ, FACHE (ex-officio member)

Ms. Miller is the Executive Director of the Missouri Center for Patient
Safety. As Executive Director, she is responsible for the leadership,
development and management of the Center. Ms. Miller holds a Bachelor’s
Degree in Management and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration
from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Certified Healthcare
Professional and a Certified Healthcare Executive. Having worked in
health care for over twenty years, Ms. Miller’s experience includes
leadership of organization-wide quality and risk management programs,
customer service, safety and security and medical staff services. She
also has experience in the area of health care policy, most recently as
Vice President for Quality and Regulatory Advocacy at the Missouri
Hospital Association.

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H. Jerry Murrell, MD

Dr. Murrell received his medical degree from the University of
Texas-Galveston. He practices radiation oncology at Capital Region
Radiation Therapy-Jefferson City, Boone Hospital Center ¨C Columbia,
Missouri Cancer Associates and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr.
Murrell is board certified by the American Boards of Radiology and
Nuclear Medicine.

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Richard A. Royer, MBA

Richard A. Royer currently serves as chief executive officer of
Primaris. Mr. Royer graduated from the University of Akron, Ohio, with
a BS in Accounting, from Cleveland State University with an MBA, and
from the Advanced Management Program of the University of
Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has 27 years of medical
business experience and has been Chief Executive Officer at Cuyahoga
Falls, Ohio, General Hospital; Executive Director of Columbia Regional
Hospital; and founder and president of Avalon Development, a medical
financial consulting firm.

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Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN

Juliann G. Sebastian, PhD, RN, FAAN is Dean and Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Sebastian earned her Bachelor’s and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Kentucky, College of Nursing and her doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky College of Business and Economics. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Public/Community Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.Dr. Sebastian currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing where she was a Board Member-at-Large (2008-2010) and now serves as Secretary (2010-12).

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brent joined SSM Health Care in 1999.  In 2003, he oversaw development of SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, a $32 million ambulatory center with services of ambulatory surgery, radiology, and medical and radiation oncology.   Since joining SSM, Brent has also held positions of Vice President Ambulatory Services, COO at two hospitals, and since 2007, as President at St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.  St. Mary’s was the recipient of a Missouri Quality Award in 2009.  St. Mary’s is currently designing a replacement 167-bed hospital at a cost of $211 million.

Prior to joining SSM, Brent’s previous experience includes working outside health care and several years working in for-profit health care with physicians.   Brent has a M.S. in Economics from Southern Illinois University and a M.B.A. from Washington University.

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Bruce R. Williams, D.O.

Bruce R. Williams, D.O. is a 1987 graduate of the Kansas City
University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He completed a General Rotating Internship at University of Health
Sciences Hospital in Kansas City in 1988. He is Board Certified in
Family Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Quality
Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.
Dr Williams is a Past President of the Jackson County Osteopathic
Medical Association and the Missouri Association of Osteopathic
Physicians and Surgeons, and he is currently the President-Elect of the
Missouri Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family
Physicians. He is an Alternate Trustee to the Missouri Association of
Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, serves on the J5 Medicare Carrier
Advisory Committee, and has served as a Delegate to the American
Osteopathic Association House of Delegates since 1997.
Dr Williams practices in Blue Springs, Missouri. His wife, Julie is an
attorney and they have one son, Blake who is a student at the
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and studying Business Management.

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