4 VITALITY Spring 2023 CMH NEWS Garner is new director of hospital nursing services Chad Garner, R.N., BSN, CEN, is the new director of hospital nursing services at Citizens Memorial Hospital. Garner has more than 20 years of business management and nursing experience, including 12 years in health care leadership. He most recently worked at Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau as the director of nursing. At CMH, Garner works closely with hospital nurse leaders, providing direct support for inpatient nursing, emergency and respiratory therapy departments. Garner earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Missouri State University, in Springfield, and is certified by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Missouri Gov. Michael Parson visited Citizens Memorial Hospital Dec. 12, 2022, to learn more about the hospital’s plans to expand and upgrade its facilities. CMH CEO Michael Calhoun gave an update on pre-building progress and gave Gov. Parson a tour through the current hospital. The USDA Office of Rural Development announced in May 2022 its agency’s investment through a lowinterest loan of $57.7-plus million to the Hospital District for expansion and upgrades. The project will cost $77 million and includes improvements to inpatient nursing units, surgery, emergency room, cardiac cath lab, laboratory, and facilities and other infrastructure enhancements to improve road access, patient parking and visitor experience. DR. SCHREIBER APPOINTED TO ALZHEIMER’S STATE PLAN TASK FORCE Missouri Gov. Michael Parson appointed and commissioned Curtis P. Schreiber, M.D., to the Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force. Dr. Schreiber is a board certified neurologist and headache medicine specialist in practice at CMH Neurology & Headache Center and CMH Missouri Memory Center in Bolivar. Dr. Schreiber’s term began Oct. 6, 2022, and he is one of 15 members appointed to the group. The task force includes people from health care, nonprofit organizations and state agencies; lawmakers; a researcher; and a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe is the chair of the task force. FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Alzheimer’s State Plan Task Force, go to bit.ly/3V2sV6O. Missouri Gov. Michael Parson and Michael Calhoun, CMH CEO/Executive Director Missouri governor visits CMH, learns more about hospital expansion Curtis P. Schreiber, M.D. Chad Garner, R.N., BSN, CEN Citizens Memorial Hospital complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. CMH has arranged for language assistance services free of charge. Call 417-326-6000. (Spanish) ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 417-326-6000. (Chinese) 417-326-6000.