Stability in leadership for every organization is an asset and for 45 years, there has been a dependable and loyal face helping shape the health care services for users of the Lincoln County Medical Center.
Claude Cox was recently recognized for over 45 years serving as a trustee (governing body) of the health center. He was appointed in 1968 succeeding Roy Blair. His first meeting was held Aug. 8, 1968. During his time as a trustee, he has worked with several administrators, other trustees, the community, physicians, staff and more meeting the challenges in the everchanging health care field. He has participated in many renovation projects as the hospital continually adds services and staff to assist in meetng needs.
“There have been some very dramatic changes through the years, many due to the increasing regulations and advances in medical technology,” he said. “There is a great emphasis today on outpatient services and the staff has more specialists than in the late 60s. The medical center recently opened an urgent care right here inside our facility and we have community clinics in three county communities. Previously under one renovation brought significant changes to our emergency department. This brings health care closer to the people we serve.”
Due to his involvement, Cox is a past recipient of the Governance Award presented by the Missouri Hospital Association.
During his years living in Troy, Cox worked over 25 years in the banking industry and then 24 years as the Collector of Revenue of Lincoln County. He has been active in the American Legion Post No. 94, Chamber of Commerce and past member of the Troy Rotary Club. He also served as a director of the Troy and Rural Volunteer Fire Department, a forerunner of the current Lincoln County Fire Protection District No. 1.