Omanez Fockler, of Texas County Memorial Hospital, receives the Trustee of the Year award from Herb B. Kuhn, Missouri Hospital Association President and CEO.

A longtime trustee at Texas County Memorial Hospital was one of two in the state named Trustee of the Year by the Missouri Hospital Association.

Omanez Fockler, R.N., was honored last Thursday during the MHA’s 95th annual convention in Osage Beach. A Kansas City woman was also recognized.

Fockler joined the TCMH board in 2000.

Since that time, she has served in multiple board roles, including board chair, and has led numerous committees. Her appointment to the board came only months after her retirement from TCMH, where she had worked as an R.N. since 1959.

“She has the respect and ear of the community because of her position and what she’s done,” said Dr. William Wright of TCMH. “Her faithfulness is a tremendous asset.”

Fockler is described as a tireless advocate for TCMH and a voice for the nursing profession statewide. Her efforts and leadership were essential to the hospitals’ $19 million, 56,000 square foot expansion, and its establishment of primary care and clinic locations in Houston, Cabool and Mountain Grove.

“Hospital trustees are essential to establishing and maintaining strong community connections,” said Herb B. Kuhn, MHA president and CEO. “This year’s honorees exemplify how a strong community voice can link an institution to the community it serves.”

The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 145 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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