Lake Regional Health System recognized the service of board member Grant Barnum, D.O., upon his retirement from the 16-member Lake Regional Health System Board of Directors on June 3.
“Dr. Grant Barnum has been a champion of Lake Regional, first as a trusted and beloved primary care physician and then as a member of our board of directors,” said Karen Faiferlick, board president. “His commitment to patients was clear both in his medical practice and in the perspective he brought to the board. He has helped lead Lake Regional in advancing care and improving the patient experience.”
Dr. Barnum joined the Lake Regional Health System Board of Directors in 2012. He served on the Building and Development committee, on the Medical Staff Development committee and as chair of the Quality committee. In addition, Dr. Barnum served on the board of Lake Regional Medical Management, a subsidiary of Lake Regional Health System, from 2019 through 2021. He completed the Missouri Hospital Association’s Governance Excellence Certificate Program in 2013, and he is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
“Dr. Barnum models servant leadership,” said Kevin McRoberts, FACHE, Lake Regional CEO. “For more than two decades, I’ve seen his dedication not only to Lake Regional Health System but also to his patients and to his community. He has been a pillar of this community and loved by all. We wish him the best in his retirement.”
Advances and successes during Dr. Barnum’s 10 years on the Lake Regional Health System Board of Directors include construction in Eldon, expanding to Lebanon, improving the peer review process, managing the COVID-19 pandemic, hiring an internal CEO candidate, expanding orthopedics services and positioning the health system well to weather current economic challenges.
Dr. Barnum began caring for Lake Regional patients in 1996, and he joined Lake Regional Clinic – Lake Ozark in 2006, where he cared for patients for 15 years before his retirement last December. He also served as the chief of staff at Lake Regional Hospital from 2004 to 2006.
“Lake Regional’s commitment to the community is real and deep,” Dr. Barnum said. “Evidence includes construction projects and provision of services. We intend to remain an independent organization, allowing us maximal agility and authority to administer health care to meet the needs of our communities.”
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.