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Wagner appointed to Boone Hospital Board of Trustees

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 7:02 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Robert Wagner, chairman and CEO of Columbia Insurance Group, was appointed to become the newest member of Boone Hospital Board of Trustees after former board Chairman Bob McDavid resigned after being elected mayor of Columbia in April.

Wagner was chosen from among three finalists; the others were Joseph Miller, senior vice president of commercial lending at Commerce Bank, and Quinton Ditmore, a Columbia physician. There were a total of 10 applicants.

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"The staff members and administration of Boone Hospital Center are excited to work with Robert Wagner, given his experience and background," hospital spokesman Jacob Luecke said. "During this process of selecting a new trustee, what Boone Hospital wanted most was a person who has the best interest of our patients, our hospital and our staff at heart. We feel like we got that with Robert Wagner."

Longtime trustee Barbara Weaver said Wagner has skill sets that the rest of the board members lack, especially his experience and knowledge in the "business world."

"He has got excellent communication skills," Weaver said. "I am looking forward to working with him."

H.J. Murrell is chairman of the board of trustees. The other members are Brian Neuner, Fred Parry and Barbara Weaver.


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