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MHA Honors Two Hospital Executives for Visionary Leadership in Health Care

Belton Regional Medical Center November 11, 2013

Todd Krass (right), CEO of Belton Regional Medical Center

Two Missouri hospital executives have been honored by the Missouri Hospital Association for their contributions to improving the health of their communities. The recipients of MHA’s 2013 Visionary Leadership Awards are Todd Krass, CEO of Belton Regional Medical Center, and Ronald A. Ott, president and CEO of Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Mo.

The awards were presented Thursday, Nov. 7, during a dinner ceremony at MHA’s 91st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

MHA recognized Todd Krass for his passion in building a health system to better meet the needs of behavioral health patients. During his tenure as CEO of Research Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., Krass developed a Mobile Mental Health Assessment Team to help process mental health assessments for patients and provide standardized assessment and documentation tools throughout the HCA Midwest Health System. Approximately 60 million Americans are affected by a diagnosable mental health or substance abuse disorder annually. Nationally, 21 percent of hospital patients have either a primary or secondary psychiatric diagnosis.

“Todd’s work in behavioral health has provided the right tools at the right time,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “The state’s mental health system has limited resources and high demand. Making the process for analyzing patient status and developing a diagnosis more efficient is important for the patient, the health care system and the community.”

Krass served as chair for the American Hospital Association’s section for psychiatric and substance abuse services. During his term, he worked with the 16-person governing council to share his experience and influence AHA’s policy, advocacy and member services strategies on psychiatric care and substance abuse.

Krass received his associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. He earned a master’s degree in nursing from Texas A&M University’s campus in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ronald A. Ott was honored for his leadership in building a health care system that delivers increased access to care for rural residents.

Throughout his more than 20 years of service to the hospital, Ott has focused his attention on developing the facilities and services that extend access to care in Marshall and the surrounding communities. His leadership was vital to the development of a new hospital in the 1990s and a new medical office building this year. He helped build access to care by partnering with rural communities outside of Marshall to establish three health clinics that are staffed by hospital professionals. In addition, he has extended access to behavioral health services through the hospital and clinics.

“Community support is essential for building health care infrastructure in rural communities,” Kuhn said. “The success of the hospital is partly due to the strong degree of trust that Ron has established and nurtured throughout his career. His efforts to improve community health and provide hospital services have been at the core of this trust.”

Before joining Fitzgibbon Hospital, Ott served as CEO at Kelling Hospital in Waverly, Mo., and he served as a director at Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., for 10 years. He began his career at University Hospital & Clinics in Columbia, Mo.

The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 152 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public about health care issues.

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