After 29 years of service to Lake Regional Health System, Patti Muxlow, senior vice president of Clinical Services, will retire Sept. 1.
Muxlow joined Lake Regional in 1988 as a patient care technician and became a registered nurse while working in the ED. She served as trauma nurse coordinator and then director of Nursing before becoming senior vice president of Clinical Services in 2014.
"Patti grew up with the organization," said Michael E. Henze, CEO. "During her nearly 30 years here, Lake Regional has experienced tremendous growth with many added services, which Patti has been instrumental in guiding and directing. Patti will be missed by the team at Lake Regional. We wish her well in her retirement."
Muxlow oversaw the hospital's clinical areas, including the Emergency Department; Family Birth Center; ICU, Med/Surg, Skilled Nursing and Stepdown units; Outpatient Services; and Surgery. In addition, she supervised the Dietitians, Home Health, Resource Management and Social Services.
"Patti has been key to the success of Lake Regional Health System," said Melissa Hunter, Lake Regional's director of Nursing. "Her loyalty and her dedication to this organization have been remarkable. She believes in the quality of care we give our patients and has always been an advocate for patients, families and staff. She has coached and mentored so many people throughout her career. I will be forever grateful for her guidance, her honest conversations and her support."
Muxlow served as president of the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders and was active in the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She served as an examiner for the Missouri Quality Award and was named to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners for 2014 and 2015. Both programs recognize performance excellence based on criteria established by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Muxlow worked closely with the Missouri Hospital Association as a member of the Workforce Development Committee and with the State Board of Nursing to revise state regulations for schools of nursing and to develop an articulation process for schools of nursing statewide.
Locally, Muxlow served as an advisory board member for Columbia College – Lake of the Ozarks and advisory board chair for the nursing programs at State Fair Community College – Eldon. She also serves as a board member for the Medical Missions for Christ Clinic in Camdenton.
Muxlow and her husband, Ralph, have three children and five grandchildren. They live in Richland, Mo., but will be relocating to Sante Fe, N.M., to spend time with Muxlow's 94-year-old father, who is a World War II and Korean Conflict veteran.
"I'm hoping to record his life experiences while spending as much time as possible tinkering in the garage beside him," Muxlow said.