Greg Steinhoff is the first and only candidate running to take the available five-year term seat on the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees.

Steinhoff, an executive at Veterans United Home Loans, filed his application Thursday, according to the Boone County Clerk’s office website.

Steinhoff has served twice on the board. He was a trustee from 1999 to 2005, and an appointee filling Fred Parry’s seat since January 2017.

After his first term ended, he left the board to become the director of economic development for the state of Missouri in former Gov. Matt Blunt’s cabinet from 2006 to 2009.

His motivation to run, he said, rests on the current situation the center is facing: the end of the lease with BJC HealthCare in 2020 and the decision to change its health care provider. Steinhoff said he wouldn’t favor one option over the others until he understood which one is best for the center.

“This is one of the biggest decisions that will impact Columbia for a long time,” Steinhoff said. “So, I’m very interested in working to try to get this right.”

Steinhoff also said that the future of Boone Hospital Center was the primary concern for the trustees.

He considered himself a suitable candidate because of his years of previous experience in the health care business and in business altogether.

“I spent my whole life in this community, and I have a lot of experience in health care,” Steinhoff said.

Steinhoff’s father ran several retail pharmacies for over 30 years, and he is a pharmacist himself, Steinhoff said. He created a health care company called Option Care, which he later sold in 1992, though he kept working there for 12 years.

Steinhoff said health care is the No. 1 contributor to the mid-Missouri economy, and he stressed the importance of making this decision.

“If we make a good decision we grow health care in mid-Missouri, we add jobs and we improve the quality,” Steinhoff said. “If we make a bad decision, people will leave the area and seek health care elsewhere, causing jobs to leave the area and negatively impacting the economy.”

The deadline for candidacy is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Those interested in filing an application may go to the office of the County Clerk, located at the County Government Center, Room 236, 801 E. Walnut St.

The election will take place April 3.

Supervising editor is Dylan Jackson:, 882-7884.

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