Meet Mercy's SBJ Health Care Champions of 2017

November 17, 2017

Springfield Business Journal is celebrating 2017's "Health Care Champions." The publication chose two Top Doctors, one of which is Dr. Albert Leonardo Jr., physician and medical director of Mercy Supportive and Palliative Care.

Judges also selected two Mercy co-workers in the health care professional fields of administrator, nurse, technician and therapist - and they include Diane Meldi, executive director of medical services at Mercy Hospital Springfield (Top Administrator), and Jennifer McTague, of Mercy’s neonatal intensive care unit nurse (Top Nurse).

2017 Health Care Champions Top Doctor: Dr. Albert Leonardo Jr.

2017 Health Care Champions Nurse: Jennifer McTague

2017 Health Care Champions Administrator: Diane Meldi


Paying tribute to the largest profession in the Springfield metro area, the Health Care Champions event evolved out of a partnership with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce over the past four years.

This year, SBJ will honor people in the following categories during an awards dinner the evening of Nov. 16, 2017:

Top Doctor
Honoring southwest Missouri doctors, this category includes doctors who care for us from head to toe – neurosurgeons to pediatrists.

This award honors registered nurses on the front lines in areas such as emergency room nurse, pediatrics, NICU, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives.

This category honors those health care workers who elevate our natural abilities – therapists. Examples include speech, physical, occupational, psychological and vision.

Often behind the scenes, this categories honors the people who keep the hospital wheels in motion. Technicians such as lab, X-ray, patient care, clinical laboratory, medical records, pharmacy and EMTs.

These honorees may never touch a patient, but they make the patient experience better. Examples include marketing, operating, case managers, ancillary services, vice presidents and others.

Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, Missouri and Berryville, Arkansas; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company. Mercy serves millions annually and 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. 

Media Contacts

Sonya Kullmann
Berryville, Branson, Cassville, Lebanon, Mountain View, Rolla, Springfield, Aurora
Phone: 417-820-2426