ST. LOUIS, MO (September 6, 2018) – SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation and Board of Governors honored five individuals with their most prestigious award, the Crystal Wagon, on September 5 at the St. Louis Club. This award recognizes individuals who are champions of children’s issues and past winners include Mayor Francis Slay, Senator Roy Blunt and former Senator and Governor Kit Bond.
Senator Jeanie Riddle
Senator Riddle represents the 10th senatorial district. In 2018 she was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives serving the 49th district. During her service there, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as assistant majority floor leader for the 2011-2012 session. Senator Riddle was elected to the Senate in the 2014 general election. Born and raised in Missouri, she moved to Callaway County where she taught and coached the community’s youth in the South Callaway School District for 28 years.
Missouri State Representative Diane Franklin
Diane represents parts of Camden and Laclede counties in the Missouri House of Representatives. She served on the Camdenton R-III school board from 1993 to 1999 and served as Board representative to Lake Career and Technical Center, Parents as Teachers and the Dorothy Blair Scholarship Fund. She is chair of the children’s and families committee for the Missouri House of Representatives and has sponsored numerous pieces of legislation that have served children across the state through foster care improvements, telehealth and Show-Me healthy babies.
President, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Centralia Illinois – Damon Harbison
Damon came to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon in 2011 as Executive Director for pediatric and ambulatory care and in 2014 was named Chief Operating Officer. Over the six years that Damon was with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon, the hospital saw a 7 percent growth in inpatient visits and 22 percent growth in outpatient visits. Damon serves on several boards in our community and is actively involved in his children’s school.
SLUCare IMMUNO Professor and Vice Dean of Medical Affairs – Dr. Robert Wilmott
Dr. Wilmott has increased the depth and breadth of pediatric services at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon by significantly increasing the number and expertise of faculty. He has worked with the Foundation to expand the educational, clinical and research services of the hospital by increasing the number of subspecialty fellowships. He was chosen by the School of Medicine to become the Vice Dean for Medical Affairs to have oversight of the functions, structures and operations of SLUCare and Medical Research.
Board of Directors Member – Dan Dierdorf
Dan joined the Board of Governors in 1986 and in 1987 he chaired the first Dan Dierdorf Golf Classic. The tournament has raised $5.8 million through a combination of cash and in-kind gifts. The most obvious product of the revenue from the tournament is the Dan Dierdorf Emergency and Trauma Center. Because of Dan’s support, the center is able to serve approximately 60,000 kids each year and is one of the busiest in the region.
About SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Since 1956, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital has offered the highest level of care as the country’s only free-standing, non-profit Catholic pediatric hospital. Located in St. Louis, MO, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon provides hope to thousands of children with complex conditions from Missouri, Illinois and beyond. A member of SSM Health, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the county, the 195-bed teaching hospital is staffed by SLUCare physicians affiliated with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Since 2013, U.S News & World Report has recognized SSM Health Cardinal Glennon as a Best Children's Hospital. In every way, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon lives out the SSM Health Mission, “Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.”