Awards & Achievements
As the leading home care provider in southwest Missouri, Oxford continues a tradition of excellence that is more than three decades strong. Oxford employees are leaders in their churches, schools, charitable groups and business organizations. All Oxford employees continually strive to give their best to the community, the company and their clients.
Some recent professional awards and achievements include:
- Best Home Health Care Agency: In January 2014, Oxford HealthCare was named Best Home Health Care Agency for the twelfth consecutive year in the Springfield News-Leader’s Best of the Ozarks survey. Oxford is the only home care agency to receive the award since the inception of the poll.
- Best Hospice Services: In January 2014, Oxford HealthCare Hospice was named Best Hospice Agency in the Springfield News-Leader's Best of the Ozarks survey for the fourth year in a row. This was a great honor for Oxford's young hospice program. Oxford has the only comprehensive hospice and palliative care program in the area.
- Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility: Oxford HealthCare received this prestigious national award in 2013 and it ranks Oxford among the top 20% of employers nationally in terms of programs, policies and culture for creating an effective and flexible workplace.
- Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval: Oxford HealthCare has one of the few home health agencies and hospices in the area certified by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission—which accredits hospitals and other health care organizations—performs an extensive audit of our services to make certain Oxford meets the standard set by this prestigious group.
- Salute to Nurses: Suni Shaefer received the Advancement in Nursing Award at the Springfield News-Leader Salute to Nurses 2013 banquet on April 23, 2013. Suni was recognized for her work in training and advancing the careers of nurses and aides in her role as Care Manager. She was also one of seven finalists nominated for Nurse of the Year.
- Champions of Healthcare Awards: On April 20, 2013, the Branson Chamber of Commerce presented four awards honoring health care professionals in Stone and Taney counties, and Oxford employees were honored to receive two of them. Sharon Nesbitt, In-Home Services Assistant Supervisor, was presented with the Community Caregiver Award for going above and beyond to care for the very special needs of a hospice patient in her last days and also for her dedication as a field coordinator, trainer and mentor to new employees. Sharon St. Amant was honored with the Family Advocate Award for her integral role as a Case Manager who oversees the care of Oxford's highest risk and most vulnerable pediatric patients. She not only cares for the children to assure they can stay at home with their families, but she also works closely with the families--providing education, compassion and support.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Elizabeth Lee, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist, was presented with the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association's Heart of Hospice Lifetime Achievement Award at a luncheon held on March 1, 2013 in Jefferson City. Elizabeth has worked in hospice care for more than 38 years and has practiced both in the United States and abroad. She was involved in some of the pioneer efforts of the development of hospice care.
- 40 Under 40: In May, 2012, Shallina Bowers, Oxford Executive Director of HealthCare Services was named among Springfield Business Journal's 40 Under 40 honorees for outstanding leadership, community involvement and contributions to the workplace. Carl Wilson, Oxford Regional Director in Joplin received the award from the Joplin Business Journal in October, 2008, and Wes McGuirk, Oxford Regional Director for In-Home Services in Joplin received the award in 2007.
- Missouri Council for In-Home Services Awards: In September, 2011 Chris Martinez received the Leadership Award from the Missouri Council for In-Home Services for his exemplary personal and professional leadership during the tornado disaster in Joplin. Tonia Peterson was awarded the Professional Caregiver Award for her dedication, dependability and commitment to providing quality care. In September, 2010, Judy Holland, In-Home Services Field Supervisor, received the Paraprofessional Caregiver Award for her dedication, dependability and commitment to providing quality care. In September, 2009, Wes McGuirk received the Administrative Support Staff Award which recognized his innovation and creativity in implementing a state-of-the-art computerized scheduling system. In September, 2007, several Oxford employees were recognized by the Council for outstanding leadership and service to clients. Susan Anderson, former Executive Director of Oxford's In-Home Division received the 2007 Leadership Award. She was chosen from among all her peers for her outstanding leadership in the industry throughout the state. In-Home Aides Gesell Scott and Terri Chambell were recognized as the 2007 Above and Beyond Caregiver Award winners.
- Twenty Most Influential Women: In September 2009, Oxford Executive Director of In-Home Services Kim Sisk was recognized as one of the area's "Twenty Most Influential Women" by the Springfield Business Journal. Oxford Vice President Cheryl Fitch received the award in 2008, and Oxford President Karen Thomas received the award in 2004.
- Health Care Hero Awards: In 2009, the Joplin Business Journal named three Oxford employees as Health Care Heroes. Wes McGuirk, Joplin Regional Director received the award for development of computerized scheduling processes that have enhanced patient care, employee and client satisfaction and various business indicators. Wound Care Coordinator Jerri Richardson, AB, BSN, RN, CWOCN, was honored for launching and leading Oxford's Joplin wound-care specialty program that has provided 14 years of standards-setting care. She is one of only 2,700 nurses worldwide certified in all three areas by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board. Rosie Hubert, In-Home Aide received the award for providing exemplary care to her clients. In 2008, In-Home Aide Lisa Barber received the award for her excellence and commitment in caregiving and for making a significant impact on the quality of health care.
- Missouri House and Senate Resolutions: In 2008, Oxford Vice President Cheryl Fitch received recognition from the Missouri Senate for her work to bring telemonitoring to Medicaid patients throughout the state. Her work has positively impacted the health care and budgets of patients and families and the financial well-being of hospitals, emergency rooms and the state. Oxford President, Karen Thomas received official proclamations presented by Missouri State Representative Bob Dixon and Missouri State Senator Norma Champion in 2006 for her leadership in developing Oxford’s home health telemonitoring program that has had a tremendous impact on the state of Missouri.
- Volunteers of the Year In June, 2008, The Council of Churches of the Ozarks named Oxford Lifeline volunteers Ralph and Retha Bowman 2008 Volunteers of the Year. They received the council's annual Gift of Time award for contributing thousands of hours to enhance the quality of life for others in the community. They have worked in 2,700 homes, traveled 51,000 miles and logged nearly 17,500 hours of service.
- Missourian Award: In September 2007, Karen Thomas, President of Oxford HealthCare received the prestigious Missourian Award as one of the most accomplished citizens of the state of Missouri for her outstanding contributions to the state in business.
- Innovator of the Year: In 2006, Oxford HealthCare was named "Innovator of the Year" at the 2006 Economic Impact Awards presented by the Springfield Business Journal. The award recognized Oxford for our innovative use of home health telemonitoring. Oxford was the first to bring telemonitoring to the Ozarks and has developed a successful program that has set standards locally, regionally and nationally.
- HomeCare Elite: Oxford HealthCare was named to the 2006 HomeCare Elite, the inaugural compilation of the most successful home care providers in the country. This ground-breaking review named the Medicare-certified agencies whose performance measures in quality, improvement and financial performance are among the top 25% of providers nationwide.
- Proclamation from Governor Blunt: In November, 2006, Karen Thomas, Oxford President received a proclamation from Governor Matt Blunt recognizing her Outstanding Contributions to the Community. Oxford’s innovative use of technology provides increased access to care and has helped lower health care costs for Missouri citizens.
- Best Place to Work: In 2002 & 2004 Oxford HealthCare was named the Best Place to Work among all Springfield Employers in the Springfield News-Leader’s Best of the Ozarks survey.