Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bob Simmons honored for his commitment to Cox Medical Center Branson

Bob Simmons, center, was honored March 31 during a dedication ceremony at Cox Medical Center Branson. Simmons is joined by Board Chairman Phillip Loyd, left, and President William Mahoney, right.

For 27 years, local business owner Bob Simmons donated his time and talents to help Cox Medical Center Branson become a leading health care provider in southwest Missouri.

On March 31, Cox Medical Center Branson dedicated its Critical Care Waiting Area to Simmons in appreciation for his many years of unyielding service to the medical center.

Simmons joined the Skaggs Community Hospital (now Cox Medical Center Branson) Board of Directors in 1988 and has served as chairman, vice chairman, treasurer and member-at-large over the years. Simmons also served as interim CEO in 2009. He retired from the Cox Medical Center Branson Board of Directors in 2015.

“Words cannot express how grateful we are to have had Bob’s leadership and wisdom throughout the years,” said Cox Medical Center Branson President William Mahoney. “Bob has an unwavering dedication to the health of our community. Before my arrival in 2010, Bob unselfishly served as interim CEO for 10 months. Then, in 2012, he was an integral part of the team that worked diligently to bring Skaggs and CoxHealth together. He’s a strong leader because he is a strong listener. We will forever be grateful for his contributions to our medical center and our community.”

In 2005, Simmons was honored with the Excellence in Governance Award from the Missouri Hospital Association.

In addition to serving on the hospital board of directors, Simmons also serves the community as a Branson alderman, a position he has held since 2009. Simmons is co-owner of Table Rock Asphalt Construction Company, in Branson, and Southwest Materials Inc., in Ozark.