For Immediate Release

August 29, 2018

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Missouri Health CONNECTION elects Sam Joseph, Louis Krenn, Kasey Lucas, & Brent McGinty to board of directors

MHC welcomes innovative, health information technology savvy professionals to the board.

COLUMBIA, MO.—August 29, 2018– Missouri Health Connection (MHC) is proud to introduce its four newest board members to an already distinguished group of health care industry professionals. Sam Joseph, Louis Krenn, Kasey Lucas, and Brent McGinty were each selected for their respective industry expertise in underserved health communities, medical informatics, rural health care, and behavioral health.

“The additions of Sam Joseph, Dr. Louis Krenn, Kasey Lucas and Brent McGinty to the Missouri Health Connection Board of Directors shows the level of expertise and commitment by health care leaders to support MHC’s  mission of improving the delivery of health care using a health information exchange network. These new members add to the already outstanding thought leaders on the Board and we look forward to their contributions to continuing MHC’s success and growth,” said Ms. Deborah Gash, Chairwoman of the Missouri Health Connection.


Sam Joseph is the Director of the Center for Health Care Quality at the Missouri Primary Care Association. In addition to his extensive education and clinical experience, Joseph is a leader with experience in health informatics, strategic change, and quality improvement. Joseph has a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Missouri – Saint Louis and a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.

“Good transitions of care are critical to providing high quality medical care. I am excited about the opportunity to support MHC’s goal of improving coordination of care”



Dr. Louis Krenn is a diverse healthcare professional with a clinical background in family medicine working with CoxHealth. As the Chief Medical Information Officer Krenn has positively impacted CoxHealth marrying his clinical and informatics experience serving as a conduit for clinical and information technology staff. Krenn’s leadership has optimized the clinical systems across CoxHealth’s hospitals and clinics. Krenn received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Central Arkansas and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

“Effective and efficient sharing of medical information between providers and patients is critical in today’s healthcare environment as we look to better coordinate care among providers, improve quality, and decrease unnecessary cost of care. I look forward to offering clinical insight and support to Missouri Health Connection as it seeks to facilitate achievement of these important goals.”



    Kasey Lucas is the Chief Executive Officer of Salem Memorial District Hospital (SMDH). Lucas has established SMDH as a valuable health care provider in the rural community served by SMDH by focusing on quality, patient-centered healthcare. He was previously the Controller at Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Lucas graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting and Business Administration and completed his Master’s of Business Administration from Drury University.

“I am pleased to be able to represent rural health providers on the Board of the MHC.  I am looking forward to driving the strategy and value of health information exchange forward to the benefit of all clinicians in Missouri.  Health care providers that provide safety-net services and in rural areas greatly benefit from participation in the MHC to provide better care to their patients.”


Brent McGinty is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Missouri Coalition for Behavioral Healthcare. He is a strategic policy influencer for the behavioral health care provider community. At Missouri Coalition, McGinty’s policy advocacy and funding priorities recognize the value of Missouri Coalition provider services. His work ensures that the services, home healthcare, disease management, outreach, wellness, integrated care, recovery, data/outcomes, are all provided. With McGinty’s direction, the Missouri Coalition has grown from 4 full-time staff to 12 full-time staff with up to 6 consultants.  McGinty has a Bachelor’s of Political Science and History from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

“The use of data to drive better patient care is critically important in the behavioral health field.  The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare and its providers have been working on population health and the use of more real-time data by our front line staff for over ten years now, and this exciting opportunity to serve on the Missouri Health Connection board will hopefully lead to new and exciting ways to advance that cause – and ultimately produce better health outcomes for the Missourians we serve.”


“Joseph, Krenn, Lucas, and McGinty are all great additions to the MHC’s Board of Directors. Their background and expertise will aid in MHC’s future to better serve our Participants,” said Angie Bass, CEO of MHC. “MHC is a comprehensive health information exchange network that serves the entire spectrum of health care and we believe our Board of Directors should reflect that commitment.”


MHC provides the technological infrastructure to connect health care providers with their patients by implementing Missouri’s only secure, state-wide health information network.  With more than 70 hospitals, and hundreds of clinics and community health centers, MHC’s network of participants deliver more than half of the inpatient care provided in Missouri. The network enables more than 7,000 physicians too quickly and securely access patient health records to improve care.  The connectivity services provided by MHC are designed to support all health care provider organizations, from the largest multi-hospital health system to a solo physician practice.  Coordinating care, reducing preventable errors, and avoiding treatment duplication are among MHC’s primary goals. MHC’s network improves patient care and help save lives in emergencies by securely delivering more complete and accurate information at the point of care, or wherever it is needed.  MHC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and is governed by a public-private board of directors. For information, visit















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