The Women of Excellence awards celebrate exceptional Columbia businesswomen in eight categories — education, finance, health care, hospitality real estate, retail, public service, and professional excellence — who strive to grow in their field, mentor other women, and serve in the community.

Finalists in each category will be honored at an awards ceremony and cocktail reception from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, at the Champagne Ballroom.

 

The finalists for excellence in health care are:

 

Dr. Bridget Gruender

Owner, Liberty Family Medicine

Dr. Bridget Gruender started Liberty Family Medicine in July 2016 to offer affordable primary care to Columbia and surrounding communities. She is the first person in town to successfully open and run a direct primary care clinic, which operates on a monthly membership basis and includes access to an in-house pharmacy.

 

 

Bridgett Robbins

Director of Nursing, MU Health Care’s University Hospital

Bridgett Robbins is proud that nursing is considered a respected profession, and she considers it a rewarding career. For the first ten years, she worked directly with patients and families. In her current role, she helps other health care staff work with patients and families in order to save and improve lives.

 

 

Monica Smith

Vice President, Patient Care Services and Ancillary Operations and Chief Nursing Officer, Boone Hospital Center

Monica Smith leads health care professionals in providing outstanding health care to patients and the community through  Boone Hospital Center. She oversees inpatient and outpatient nursing services and ancillary operations, including the emergency room, operating rooms, and intensive care units.

 

Click here to see the finalists in other categories.

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