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Melvin King retires from Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Board of Trustees

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Melvin King retires from Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Board of Trustees

At the January Board of Trustees meeting for Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, Melvin King was honored for his 12-years of service on the hospital board.  Mr. King has led the board through much of the process of completely replacing the original Sullivan Community Hospital facility that opened on March 26, 1962 with the modern structure we have today that opened in December 2010.  Melvin is a life-time resident of Sullivan, and was the co-owner/manager of the former Bobber Travel Center in Sullivan.  His business background in the community was a tremendous asset to the hospital board, making him an excellent advisor and promoter.



Melvin’s tenure on the hospital board began as a member, and he eventually became the chairman, a position he has held for the past several years.  He also has actively served as a member on the Hospital Foundation board and the Patient Care Committee.  Through the Foundation, he encouraged support through tax-deductible contributions and gifts to fund equipment and services for the hospital.   In the patient care committee he promoted excellent care that recognizes employees through the “Patient Choice Award.”  Melvin also represented the hospital at the local fairs to bid and purchase the 4-H Market livestock on behalf of the hospital.  He was always a strong supporter of hospital employee activities and events by participating and attending whenever he could.  By an annual board letter, he would recognize the hard work and dedication of the hospital staff.  The hospital foundation’s healing garden was a personal project of Mr. King.  Melvin and his family were major contributors of the project resulting in the naming of the garden in memory of his Mother and Brother: “The Alta Farris and Don King Healing Garden” located just outside of the new Cancer Treatment Center.


Community involvement and support has always been important to Melvin.  He currently serves on the Bank of Sullivan’s board as well as Crawford Electric Cooperative’s board.  His influence was also essential in encouraging various organizations to work together for the advancement of the hospital.  He was instrumental in raising awareness of the hospital’s needs by encouraging support.  Crawford Electric has generously contributed the proceeds of their annual benefit golf tournament to the hospital’s cancer treatment center and BJC Hospice. 


“We really have appreciated the role that Melvin has played at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, to promote a positive awareness and support for its future.  We will certainly miss him as an advisor as we strive to ‘Make Medicine Better’ for our community,” commented Tony Schwarm, MBSH President.


Pictured are board members l-r: Mike Hoffman, Lesa Mizell, Debbie Dixon, Dr. Thomas Jackson, Chief of Staff, Melvin King, Chairman, Tony Schwarm, MBSH president, Sandra Van Trease, BJC group president and Sharon Dace.