Monday, March 04, 2019
by Meg Reiner • firstname.lastname@example.org
PHC | Parkland Health Center recently bid farewell to three longtime team members who served a collective 116 years in the health care profession. Assistant administrator Steve Marler retired in July, and human resources director Sheri Graham and Medical Arts Clinic allergy specialist Kevin Boatright, MD, retired in January.
“These three recent retirees have made a considerable impact during their lengthy careers, and they will be missed,” says Tom Karl, PHC president.
Here’s more about all three:
Kevin Boatright, MD, Medical Arts Clinic allergy specialist
Dr. Boatright retired Jan. 2 following a 35-year medical career in Farmington. Born and raised in Farmington, Dr. Boatright earned his medical degree at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and completed the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Decatur Family Medicine Residency Program.
Although he started his practice in family medicine at Medical Arts Clinic, he was always interested in the allergy specialty. “I’m a rural kind of guy; I like nature,” explains Dr. Boatright, with a smile. “I like to be out on the farm, love to garden — it’s my roots. Dealing with ragweed, plants, weather — I’ve always had that interest.”
Dr. Boatright saw the tremendous need for allergy services in the region. “The circumstances were right for me,” he says. He helped recruit other young family doctors for the clinic, while he explored his interest in allergy as a specialty.
Dr. Boatright was introduced to the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy by the late Stanley Thawley, MD, another well-known and respected physician who retired several years ago following an extensive and lengthy medical career as a specialist in otolaryngology. Dr. Boatright pursued the required training and treated allergy patients from 1994 until his retirement — treating three generations and more than 10,000 different patients.
When asked about highlights of his career, Dr. Boatright reminisces about his opportunity to have an impact on many people throughout the years and the satisfaction he felt by helping improve his patients’ lifestyles.
In addition to his years as an allergist, he also enjoyed his work in family medicine. “Family medicine also offered a lot of neat experiences,” he says. “Back in the days when we didn’t have ER doctors, you were the ER doctor and, at the same time, I’d have to cover ICU and cover labor and delivery — those were all
As his career drew to a close, patients told Dr. Boatright they felt like they were losing a family member. He sums it up by saying, “I’ve been a part of many people’s families — giving that up has been a real tug for me.”
Over the years, Dr. Boatright served his community on the ambulance district board and the Farmington school board, as well as holding multiple positions at St. Joseph Catholic School. He served many years as president of Medical Arts Clinic, including during the merger between Bonne Terre Hospital, Farmington Community Hospital and BJC, and the start of the relationship between Medical Arts Clinic and BJC Medical Group.
Dr. Boatright has numerous personal interests. In addition to his outdoor interests in gardening, fishing, farming, food plots for wildlife and quail restoration, his main priority is family. He and his wife, Pat, who grew up in Coffman, Missouri, have been married for 38 years. They have two grown children, Lauren and Evan, and four grandchildren. Dr. Boatright looks forward to spending more time with them following retirement.
Sheri Graham, human resources director
Graham retired Jan. 1 following a 39-year career at PHC. Kathy Reed, Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital human resources manager, has assumed an expanded role as director of human resources for both MBSH and PHC.
Graham began her lengthy career at PHC in 1980 when she was hired as a temporary purchasing clerk at Farmington Community Hospital (a predecessor of PHC). She soon transferred to full-time personnel clerk, and as her role changed and the hospital continued to grow, she was asked to start the personnel department.
Throughout her career, she gained experience managing multiple departments and led the hospital’s complex human resources efforts through two successful hospital mergers, as well as multiple Joint Commission accreditation processes. Graham retired from the position of human resources director, a title she held since 1992.
After graduating from Farmington High School, Graham earned an associate degree from Mineral Area College. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from National Louis University in Chicago, and later earned her MBA from Webster University in St. Louis. During her career, Graham completed numerous additional career-related certifications and was a member of multiple boards and
After her faith in God, Graham’s family is of utmost importance to her. In describing her family, she says,
“I am blessed to be married to my childhood sweetheart, Kenny, who asked me to marry him when we were sitting together on the front pew of church. I was 5 years old.”
The Grahams have been married for 48 years and have three children, Sarah, Michael and Brian, and six grandchildren. The Graham family has been involved in agriculture for many years. Sheri and Kenny’s grandchildren are the ninth Graham generation to live in Libertyville, Missouri, a small rural community in southeastern St. Francois County.
In reflecting on her long career, Graham says, “Serving others is a calling. Being a health care worker is a calling. My job as HR director has been a calling … and a life’s journey! I hope that something has positively touched those I have worked with along the way.”
Graham also praises the people with whom she has worked directly, saying, “I have been very blessed with really good people for many years.”
Steve Marler, assistant administrator
Following a 42-year career in health care, Marler retired from PHC on July 31, 2018. Christie Westrich has filled Marler’s role since his retirement and was promoted to vice president of operations Jan. 1.
Marler began his career in 1976 at Phelps County Hospital in Rolla, Missouri. In 1986 he took a position at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, where he spent the next 22 years serving as assistant administrator, and then assistant CEO.
In 2008, Marler started in the position from which he retired, PHC assistant administrator. During his 10 years at PHC, Marler had leadership responsibilities for many areas, including care management, physical therapy, laboratory, radiology, dietary, housekeeping and facilities management. He also served as administrator at Parkland-Bonne Terre for five years.
Marler earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a master’s degree in health administration from Webster University.
In reflecting on his 42-year career, Marler says, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with a great team, to be a part of what I think has been some real progress. I think it’s good to be able to look back and be able to feel good about that.”
Marler says he will miss the people he has worked so closely with. “The well-being of the people you work closely with becomes important to you — important in accomplishing what you are responsible for, but also important to you in just their personal well-being,” he says. “You care about them.”
Marler and his wife, Cathy, have three children, Andrew, Katie and Laura, and nine grandchildren. Marler’s plans for retirement include relaxing on the water and in the woods and spending more time with his children and grandchildren. “We’ll see then what the next chapter holds,” he says.
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3/4/2019 2:57 PM
Congratulations to each one of you on your Retirement and the many years of service and dedication to Parkland Health Center. I enjoyed working with each of you!!
3/18/2019 7:37 AM
Congratulations to these three wonderful people, they have had a positive impact on so many at PHC. They have dedicated so much of their time and effort to benefit their community. What a pleasure it has been to have such strong, positive leadership at PHC.