Mercy Nurse Inducted Into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

May 31, 2016

Mercy nurse Sophia Denning has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

While a student at Strafford High School, Sophia became one of Southwest Missouri’s top softball pitchers and is a member of the Diamond 9, a group of former high school, college and pro standouts who made outstanding contributions in baseball and softball. In May, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame recognized her sports career.

Sophia Denning

Sophia Denning

Other inductees were longtime Missouri State University athletic director Bill Rowe; St. Louis Cardinals’ all-time saves leader, closer Jason Isringhausen; and Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs groundskeeper George Toma.

“The majority of my high school softball teammates have careers that involve teamwork,” said Sophia, who works at Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield. “I truly believe that being a part of a great team with amazing teamwork helped us with more than just softball. It began to prepare us for the real world.”

Click here to read more about her incredible achievement.


Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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