CoxHealth Foundation Philanthropy for Life. 2017-08-09T21:24:27Z Keith Morris <![CDATA[Battle for Bell to benefit CoxHealth ALS Clinic]]> 2017-08-01T19:09:24Z 2017-08-01T19:08:47Z Read More »

Drury, MSU to raise money for ALS through second Battle For Bell

Despite their close proximity, Drury University and Missouri State University have only battled in baseball once before. That game came in 2012, when the teams squared off in support of former MSU shortstop and Glendale High School head coach Howard Bell in his fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Coach Bell passed away in 2013. However, the teams have decided to come together once again to raise money to support of those locally who suffer from the disease that took his life.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the teams will compete in the second “Battle For Bell,” a nine-inning exhibition contest at U.S. Baseball Park. Funds raised by the event will benefit the CoxHealth ALS Clinic, which provides coordinated care and support to ALS patients in the region.

“To be able to participate in Battle for Bell again, serving as a tribute to Coach Bell who taught me a lot while at Glendale and supported the Drury Panthers from the beginning, is an honor,” says Scott Nasby, head coach of Drury University’s baseball team. “We are excited for our program to match up against MSU. They have a top-notch program, and a staff I highly respect. The community support for this should be huge, and a matchup between two teams that made deep postseason runs should be a great teaser for our 2018 squads.”

“The 2012 Battle for Bell was a great success with funds raised and over 4,000 people in attendance,” says Keith Guttin, head coach of MSU’s baseball team. “We would like to repeat those numbers and continue to help in the battle against ALS.”

Gates open at 5 p.m. for autographs and an opportunity to watch both teams’ batting practice, which is followed by the game at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are $5, go on sale Wednesday August 9. They are available in advance at select Price Cutter stores, U.S. Baseball Park and Drury University’s O’Reilly Family Event Center Box Office.

For more information, call 417-581-1151 or visit

Keith Morris <![CDATA[New President Named to Lead Cox College and Spearhead Cox College Fundraising Campaign]]> 2017-07-19T15:44:58Z 2017-07-19T15:43:26Z Read More »

Dr. Amy DeMeloAfter a nationwide search, the trustees of Cox College are pleased to announce that Dr. Amy DeMelo has been chosen as the college’s next president.

“I am honored to have been given this great opportunity,” says Dr. DeMelo. “This is an exciting time to be involved in health care and education, and I’m looking forward to being involved in the many opportunities ahead of Cox College. We have a wonderful group of people dedicated to making a difference for our students and the community as a whole, and I’m privileged to be part of those efforts.”

While she’s new to the role, Dr. DeMelo is a familiar face at Cox College. She has served as the college’s vice president for Academic Affairs since 2014, and has led the institution through significant development. Two particular examples include growth of the Master of Science in Nursing and the Master of Occupational Therapy programs, which attract students nationwide. She has also developed the region’s only night and weekend program for students seeking to earn an Associate of Science in Nursing degree, which is set to begin in January 2018.

Dr. DeMelo will lead Cox College through a time of great renewal at the institution. A landmark in the Springfield community since 1907, the college is actively working towards realizing a $6.6 million capital campaign, which will completely revitalize the campus through renovated classroom space, new equipment and greater learning environments. One of Dr. DeMelo’s key goals is to increase enrollment, which will ultimately benefit the region by helping supply more health care professionals locally.

“We are very excited about the ideas and initiatives Dr. DeMelo will champion in her role as president of Cox College,” says Jan Harris, chair of the Cox College Board of Trustees. “We wanted to find the perfect candidate for this position, and even though we looked across the country to find the right fit, we were blessed to find the right person already here at Cox College.”

Dr. DeMelo’s influence on Springfield’s educational community goes back even further than her time at Cox College. From 2007 to 2014, Dr. DeMelo served as the director of Springfield Catholic Schools (SCS). While at SCS, Dr. DeMelo helped Springfield Catholic High School become nationally recognized as one of the top 50 in the country. She also led a $13.9 million dollar renovation and expansion of the high school campus, and added a three-year-old preschool program to the school system.

On a personal note, Dr. DeMelo was raised in southern New England. She has degrees in history and administration, as well as an Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was selected as one of the Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in 2010, and is an alumna of the Leadership Springfield Class 24.

Dr. DeMelo lives in Springfield with her three children.

Keith Morris <![CDATA[CoxHealth Foundation mourns the loss of Kitty Lipscomb]]> 2017-07-05T15:52:19Z 2017-07-05T15:52:19Z

The CoxHealth Foundation joins all of our CoxHealth family and community in mourning the loss of Catherine Cox Lipscomb.

Known to friends and family as Kitty, Mrs. Lipscomb was the daughter of CoxHealth’s namesake and benefactor Lester E. Cox and his wife Mildred. Mrs. Lipscomb served on the Advisory Board for CoxHealth and had been a long-time friend and supporter of the Foundation.

In September of 2010, along with her husband Jack, their son Larry and his wife Tracy, the family made a contribution to establish the new Emergency Department at Cox South. The Lipscomb Family Wing provided the largest ER expansion in CoxHealth history, enabling our physicians and staff to care for more patients, more efficiently and with new technology resources. (Mrs. Lipscomb is pictured here cutting the ribbon on the new ER during the community ceremony on September 25, 2010.) Kitty and Jack also have several nursing scholarships at Cox College, including one that specifically encourages nurses to continue to grow in their education to achieve a masters level degree. Kitty greatly enjoyed participating in all the hospital events and shared with the Foundation staff the stories of her and her siblings visiting the hospital with their dad, learning his love of healthcare and appreciating the great contribution good health is to all of the Ozarks.

Keith Morris <![CDATA[Grateful Patients Send their Personal Thanks to our Donors]]> 2017-06-21T15:57:37Z 2017-06-21T14:18:43Z Your gifts change lives every day. Here are a just a few examples of grateful patients who are on the road to recovery because of donors to the CoxHealth Foundation. You can be the reason someone is able to return to their life. Thank you for giving these patients hope and compassion through your support.

Deb Sterling

Deb Sterling – Deb has fought many battles in the last couple years; divorce, caring for her mom and losing her job. The biggest battle she faced though was breast cancer. Thanks to you, Deb was able to get the treatment she needed and is now done with chemo! A return to good health has allowed her to return to work and to regain her life again. She sends this photo of her family with her heartfelt thanks to all donors to the Breast Care Fund at the CoxHealth Foundation.

Theresa Long

Theresa Long – Theresa was scared when she began showing signs of colorectal problems again. Thinking that her colonoscopy would be covered by insurance, she went in for her screening and was then surprised when her insurance did not cover the test, leaving her with a large bill. Theresa was already facing many financial challenges and this unexpected bill would set her even further back. She applied for help through the Colorectal Cancer Prevention Fund and had her entire colonoscopy covered by donations. She can’t thank our donors enough for covering her screening and making it known that preventative testing is important! Colonoscopies find the pre-cancerous polyps that become cancer. By removing them, cancer is stopped before it starts. This is the impact our donors to this fund have every day.

Tracy Lane

Tracy Lane – Tracy was in a horrible vehicle accident that left her in the hospital, in need of ongoing therapy and equipment. Donors to the HUG Fund provided the medications and shower chair needed for her to comfortably return home. Tracy is slowly regaining her independence thanks to the financial support gifted to her during this traumatic time in her life. HUG Fund recipients are gifted things not covered by insurance or other programs. Tracy sends her thanks to all our donors for the hope she now has in her heart for a full recovery.

Keith Morris <![CDATA[Donor Opportunities Available to Honor Loved Ones]]> 2017-06-15T15:58:45Z 2017-06-19T13:00:55Z Read More »

Margaret Grooms

Margaret Grooms spent years cuddling babies in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The staff were like family to her and her family appreciated the great joy it brought to her life. That is why those closest to her chose to honor her community service with a room dedication in the NICU inside the Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Now Margaret has a permanent marker of her commitment to caring for the tiniest patients at CoxHealth. The funds donated for the room go directly back to the NICU to help provide the highest levels of technology, services and programs for the babies and their families. Donor opportunities are available across the health system from gift levels starting at $500 for bench markers, $5,000 for patient rooms, $10,000 for specialty rooms and up depending on the location. To learn more about a commemorative donor opportunity, contact the CoxHealth Foundation at 417-269-7109. All commemoratives are lifetime of the unit or room markers.

Keith Morris <![CDATA[Brain Storming Golf brings in $4,500 for the Grey Matters Fund!]]> 2017-06-14T23:49:49Z 2017-06-14T23:49:49Z Read More »


Michele McDaniel spearheaded the tournament held Saturday June 10 at Pointe Royale golf course in Branson. The day was lovely, the course is beautiful and a good time was had by all!  Festivities included 2 rounds of competitive golf, an amazing lunch provided by Gettin’ Basted Barbeque Restaurant (if you haven’t tried it, you should!), an auction, a 50/50 raffle and of course games during play like “Pay for a Pro”.

The day was held in honor of Jim Cox, a Willow Springs resident.  His close knit, strong community will ensure his legend lives on as they continue to pull together in support of patients at CoxHealth.  Funds will be received by the Grey Matters Fund at CoxHealth Foundation and utilized to ensure patients fighting the good fight against brain cancer, trauma, aneurysm and tumors will continue to receive an exceptional level of care and support.

Brain Storming Golf – Final Results
Hole 3 2nd shot closest to the pin Beverly Hicks
Hole 4 Men’s Long Drove Cole Johnson
Hole 4 Women’s Long Drive Kelsey Hicks
Hole 8 Closest to the Pin Curt Buechter
Hole 12 Cloest to the pin Carl Hicks
Hole 18 Longest Putt made on the green Brent Bergen
Championship Flight Score:
1st Place Cole Johnson Taylor James 63
2nd Place Jerod Hicks Beverly Hicks 64
3rd Place Derrick Shelton Michele McDaniel 64
4th Place Jerod Hicks Kelsey Hicks 67
A Flight
1st Place Bill Green Lisa Cox 73
2nd Place Josh Sloan Shawn Fargo 74
3rd Place Jerry Gibbons Wendy Willard 75
4th Place Ryan Jones Cameron Jones 75
Keith Morris <![CDATA[Summer 2017 Vision Newsletter]]> 2017-06-09T20:17:35Z 2017-06-09T20:15:44Z Find the latest news on fundraising projects, opportunities, great news and stories of the impact you have by supporting the CoxHealth Foundation

Keith Morris <![CDATA[Strike Out Sarcoma was held this past Saturday at Andy B’s Entertainment Center…wow! What a great time!]]> 2017-05-13T00:35:02Z 2017-05-13T00:21:31Z Read More »

Strike Out Sarcoma was held this past Saturday at Andy B’s Entertainment Center…wow! What a great time!

This year’s event was generously presented by Arvest Bank and Dr. José Dominguez.

Festivities included 2 games of bowling, plenty of food for everyone, event t-shirts, a raffle for numerous great prizes and the grand finale announcing the winner of an incredible trip to Cancun. Congratulations Arianna Hite!

The driving force behind this effort was Sean Swanson, a courageous man who fought his cancer and hoped to help others afflicted with the same. Sean created “Strike-Out Sarcoma” 4 years ago. Even though Sean left us, his gift of compassion carries on. The Cancer Services Fund helps hundreds of patients each year by providing resources available nowhere else in this region.

We so appreciate everyone who attended as well as the businesses and individuals who supported our most recent event behind the scenes, thank you! Your gifts will be put to good use!

Be sure to watch for Strike Out Sarcoma announcements next spring, 2018, so you can join in the fun and support this most worthy cause.

Photos of Strike Out Sarcoma 2017 can be seen at

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Keith Morris <![CDATA[WIN A trip to CANCUN!]]> 2017-04-17T20:33:28Z 2017-04-15T17:31:23Z Read More »

WIN A trip to CANCUN!

Raffle Tickets Available Now!

Online ticket sales have closed, tickets can still be purchased Saturday May 6, 4:00-5:00 pm Strike Out Sarcoma event at Andy B’s


5 Days / 4 Nights all inclusive accommodations for up to 2 adults and 2 children at either Laguna Suites Spa or Golf OR Ocean Spa Hotel

Stay at One, play at Four benefit (access to all 4 locations along the “Hotel Zone”, shuttle service included)

$800 Delta flight gift voucher

Drawing will be held at Strike Out Sarcoma May 6, Andy B’s

You do not have to be present to win. Online ticket sales close May 5 at noon!

Donation provided by: Premier Cancun Vacations a division of Sunset World Gives Back

Choose to stay at one of the 2 following options, however, you will have access to 4 locations on the Hotel Zone:

Option #1: Ocean Spa Cancun / Ocean Spa Hotel –

With its 151 comfortable rooms, surrounded by beautiful gardens and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, The Ocean Spa Hotel gives you the opportunity to enjoy a peaceful holiday, full of rest and relaxation. Located just 40 minutes from the airport and only 10 minutes from downtown Cancun, Ocean Spa Hotel is also very close to important shopping centers as well as other great attractions in the Hotel Zone.

Included Activities

  • Windsurfing
  • Hobie Cats
  • Kite Surfing
  • Kayaks
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Latin Rhythms
  • Aqua aerobics
  • Horseshoes
  • Contests
  • Bingoz
  • *Paddle Boats (Extra Charge)

Activities with Additional Charge

Hacienda Andalucia The only Equestrian Center of its type in all of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean. Provides an extraordinary equine cultural experience for guests of all ages.

  • Horseback riding tour
  • Mexican Dinner Show
  • Polo
  • Equine Therapy

Sunset Admiral Yacht Club & Marina Choose your own private yacht from our fleet so you can enjoy an adventurous or romantic private cruise.

  • Isla Mujeres Tour
  • Waverunners
  • Scuba Diving
  • Flyboard
  • Yacht Rentals
  • Fishing

Ya’ax Che Spa Ya’axChe means “ceiba”, which is the tree of life for the Maya. The Ya’axChe Spa philosophy is based on the Mayan belief that we are all connected to everything around us: the universe, other human beings, and nature. The rituals at our spa are designed to bring back that balance of mind, body, and spirit with nature in a unique atmosphere with spacious facilities in six different locations.


  • Body& facial treatments
  • Swiss shower & Jacuzzi
  • Sauna & steam bath
  • Beauty salon

Option #2: Laguna Suites

Offers Juice Therapy, free shuttle to the beach, Namaste Spa and more so you can have a healthy, stressless and hassle free getaway.

Hotel Features

Our luxuriously appointed suites are fully air-conditioned and equipped with cable TV, hair dryer, sofabed, and handicap facilities. Each suite contains an in-room safe for your valuables, and additional safety boxes are available without charge at the front desk. We provide daily housekeeping service. You can swim on the resort grounds in our own pool (complete with pool bar). Whether you go by bus or boat, the beaches are just 10 minutes away.

Hotel Accessibilities

Laguna Suites Golf + Spa is located in the heart of Cancun’s vibrant Hotel Zone, close to all the action. Not far from Cancun’s famous beaches. Swim, sail, surf and snorkel the Caribbean Sea’s azures waters. Travel back in time visiting the spectacular Mayan ruins of Tulum, Coba, and Chichen Itza, one of the SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. All within easy day-trip range. Cancun’s cosmopolitan shopping. lively nightlife and gourmet cuisine are enticing as well.

If you’re ready for quiet time, make Laguna Suites Golf + Spa your own tranquile retreat. Located on the Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course, this resort boutique nestles beside Nichupte Lagoon’s shimmering waters. It is intimate and private. An ideal place to relax and unwind.

Hotel Hospitalities

A luxurious respite from everyday stress, where wellness experts offer refreshing body treatments to help you improve your inner and outer beauty. Relax your body and recharge your spirit and energy in this private environment Experience complete wellbeing through traditional healing, combined with sophisticated beauty systems and holistic products. Get a sun tan without sun burning by using Air-brush, the newest technique.

We offer Juice Therapy, a ground-breaking health routine that uses the fresh, raw juice of vegetables and fruits to nourish and replenish the body, providing balance, detoxification, and wellbeing. At Laguna Suites Golf + Spa we have carefully selected the freshest fruits, vegetables and grains from our region in order to provide you with a healthy and delicious choice of therapeutic and revitalizing juices.


  • Welcome Center
  • Wellness Room Section
  • Travel Agency & Sightseeing
  • Airport Transfer Services
  • Car Rental
  • Spa (Namaste)
  • Babysitting Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Golf Club Access

Resort Donation details:

Over the past two decades, Sunset World has become a leading provider of affordable, quality Riviera Maya and Cancun vacations. We have been fortunate to maintain active, pampered, happy guests who return year after year which has enabled us to continue to do what we love: providing worldwide travelers with quality vacations in Mexico’s Caribbean. However, at the end of the day, we realized that we needed to do more. Sunset World Gives Back is a program designed to promote social consciousness, while doing our part to help those in need. We thank you for allowing us to be a part of your event and hope that our donation will help raise the funds needed for the continuation of your valued programs. The vacation gift certificate has a value of $600.00. The vacation certificate includes five days and four nights of accommodations in Cancun, Mexico at either Laguna Suites Golf or Spa ( or the Ocean Spa Hotel ( The vacation is valid for travel by two adults and two children under the age of 12. Reservations are based upon availability; however, there are no blackout dates and no expiration date. Although our resorts do offer vacation owner memberships, the recipients of the vacations are under absolutely no obligation to attend a presentation during their stay. In Cancun, the resort where the recipients will stay during their vacation is selected by them, but the certificates include the “Stay at One, Play at Four” benefit. What this means is that although they will be staying at either the Ocean Spa Hotel or the Laguna Suites Golf and Spa, they will be able to enjoy the amenities at all four of our Cancun resorts: Sunset Royal, Sunset Marina Resort and Yacht Club ( Laguna Suites Golf and Spa and the Ocean Spa Hotel. There is a free shuttle that runs all day, every day, between all four of the resorts.

Upon reserving travel dates, the Strike Out Sarcoma staff will provide payment for the $89 reservation fee, $110 in hotel taxes as well as the cost to upgrade to include all of their meals, beverages so there is no cost incurred by the raffle winner for these items.

Additional details about the all-inclusive upgrade, as well as about additional nights and other benefits and promotions will be provided to the Recipients upon contacting the Reservations Department.

The Strike Out Sarcoma staff will provide Sunset World Vacations Gives Back with all pertinent contact information regarding the raffle winner/recipient so that the recipient can then make vacation arrangements directly with the donor.

Delta Air Lines:

  • Delta eGift Card can be applied toward your next Delta flight.
  • Redemption code and instructions will be provided to the raffle winner.
  • The certificate number and redemption code located in the digital Delta eGift Card are required for redemption.
  • eGifts and cards may only be used for the total purchase price of air transportation including taxes, fees and surcharges imposed on the air transportation.
  • They may not be used for additional fees including baggage fees or for any other products or services including upgrades, in-flight purchases, premium seating, mileage booster, SkyMiles Cruises, cargo, hotel stays or car rentals. If redeemed at, a maximum of three forms of payment including eGifts or Cards can be applied towards a single transaction regardless of the number of tickets purchased as part of that transaction.
  • If redeemed through any other method, a maximum of three forms of payment including eGifts or Cards can be applied toward a single ticket. eGifts and Cards can be used with other eGifts and/or Cards but cannot be used in conjunction with any other certificate, voucher or credit towards a single ticket.
  • eGifts and cards are not reloadable and do not expire. No service or inactivity fees apply.
  • eGifts and Cards, including those that are lost, stolen or destroyed will not be replaced by Delta for any reason.
  • eGifts and cards are not refundable and cannot be redeemed or exchanged for cash, check or credit except where refund or redemption is required by law.
  • Where eGifts or Cards are redeemed for a ticket, but travel is not taken, the value of the redeemed ticket after any applicable penalties will be provided in accordance with Delta Air Lines standard policy regarding ticket refunds.
  • eGifts and Cards may only be sold by Delta and Delta-licensed vendors. eGifts and Cards that are for sale or sold by an unlicensed vendor are subject to confiscation or voiding by Delta.
  • eGifts and Cards that are altered or obtained fraudulently are subject to confiscation or voiding by Delta.
  • Delta is not responsible for eGifts or Cards that are undeliverable or not received due to inaccurate delivery information provided by the purchases.
  • Delta reserves the right to refuse, cancel or hold for review transactions initiated using eGifts or Cards for suspected fraud, incorrect certificate or card denomination, or violations of these terms and conditions.
  • Delta may at any time and without notice change these terms and conditions or contract with a third party to administer the eGift program or the Card program.
  • Use of eGifts and Cards is subject to applicable law. In the event of a conflict between these terms and conditions and applicable law, applicable law will govern.
  • The laws of the state of Georgia without regard to its conflicts of law provisions apply to these terms and conditions and use of any eGift or Card.
  • Delta and its affiliates make no warranties, express or implied with respect to eGifts and Cars including express or implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

eGifts and Cards are issued by Delta Gift Cards, Inc. (“Delta”), an affiliate of Delta Air Lines, Inc., that is authorized to issue eGifts and Cards for sale by Delta and Delta-licensed vendors to be used toward the total purchase price of air transportation on Delta Air Lines marketed flights.

Keith Morris <![CDATA[Be a Giver!]]> 2017-04-12T19:07:48Z 2017-04-12T19:07:48Z Read More »


Karen Sue Hodges was crushed between two cars.  She is lucky to be alive and walking. A gift from the CoxHealth Foundation has helped her to walk again.   

Bennett lives his life in a wheelchair and requires daily support for his many medical needs. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals helps him get the therapies that allow him to manage the wheelchair on his own.

This is the impact OF OUR EMPLOYEE DONORS. A gift to the Employee Giving Program allows the CoxHealth Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to say YES countless times each day to requests for help. Where else would most of these patients find support if not for the caring employees of CoxHealth and donors to the CoxHealth Foundation and CMNH? The answer is nowhere. Our Employee Giving Program truly sets our organization apart.  It provides the assistance that gets patients-pediatric and adult-the medications they can’t afford, the equipment or education they would otherwise do without, the care that will get them back to life.  It makes CoxHealth a better place to work and receive care because our employees are invested in every patient’s success.

This is the time to join us in our annual Employee Donor Campaign.  Click the link below if you wish to sign up and learn about the great gifts you can receive and the chances to win monthly $50 GIFT CARDS while helping our patients back to good health.

Already a donor and wanting to help us grow? If every current employee donor increased their gift by $2 we could assist over 2,000 more patients in 2017. That’s the difference $2 CAN MAKE. If you would like to help us touch more lives click the link and add a minimum of $2 more to your current gift.  For doing so we will send you back our thanks in the form of our new GIVER T-shirt. (Be sure to circle your size!) If your current gift plus the $2 or more increase takes you to the $12 a pay period mark we will also send you our new Stainless Steel “Yeti -style” Tumbler. It’s just our way of saying THANK YOU for your incredible generosity to the Foundation and CMNH.  Your gift is fully tax-deductible but most importantly, it’s fully life changing! Questions? Call us at 269-7150 or visit here to sign up.  Your kindness is the compassion that gives these patients hope.