January 9, 2014Insurance Providers Join Forces


Monte Shields
Keane Insurance Group, Inc.

The Keane Insurance Group and Tom McNeill Combine Forces to Provide Medical Malpractice Solutions in Missouri and Kansas

ST. LOUIS, MO (January 9, 2014) - The Keane Insurance Group is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Tom McNeill, former COO of MSMA Insurance Agency, to add a higher level of service to its team of healthcare specialists in Missouri and Kansas. The move combines the two largest players in the area's medical malpractice insurance market. McNeill, a veteran in medical malpractice insurance sales, brings 33 years of experience in healthcare to the Keane Group. McNeill's experience and Keane's size and strength will provide greater service to existing physician clients as well as broaden the scope of resources available to all physicians in the region.

McNeill comes to the Keane Group after serving as an independent broker and COO of the MSMA Insurance Agency for 10 years, where he built a book of business from the ground up, growing the business from $1,000,000 in annual written premium up to over $12,000,000 annually. He assisted in the launch of the MSMA Insurance Agency and was responsible for the agency budget, managing the sales force, and servicing a book of business.

Previously McNeill served in hospital operations and management as well as physician group practice management roles. His extensive healthcare background gives him a unique understanding of the needs of both hospitals and physicians. In the last few years the Keane Group has been expanding its services to include coverage for hospitals and ACOs.

At Keane, McNeill plans to use his knowledge and experience to establish new relationships with physicians and hospitals in the Kansas City area on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas border. He hopes to be a resource in helping healthcare providers navigate the new healthcare reforms and to save practices time and money. "I'm looking forward to working with Keane and serving in this new role," McNeill commented. "With the current changes in healthcare, this new year will bring new challenges for providers. I'm delighted to be joining the largest malpractice insurance broker in the region. With my experience and Keane's resources I know I can help meet the needs of physicians."

John Keane, President of the Keane Group, says that McNeill adds depth to the already experienced sales force. "I've always had a great deal of respect for Tom as a competitor. He is a professional in every way, and is very good at building solid relationships. We are all proud to have him on our team," Keane remarked.

The Keane Group is one of the largest independent brokers of medical malpractice insurance in the nation. Since 1995 the Keane Insurance Group has been providing creative and innovative insurance and risk management solutions to the healthcare community. Keane promotes the delivery of quality healthcare by helping to minimize the risk and liability to physicians and hospitals. With over 4,000 clients nationwide and access to all major insurance carriers, Keane is uniquely qualified to deliver the best service and coverage at the best rate for any situation.


For more information about The Keane Insurance Group contact Monte Shields: mailto:monteshields@keanegroup.com, visit www.keanegroup.com, or call 800.966.7733.


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December 11, 2012MO Children's Agency One of Five National Winners of $100,000 Grant for Strategic Planning

For more information, please contact:                                                                                                             Marie McGeehan                                                                                                                                              Great Circle                                                                                                                                                    T: 314-256-4902                                                                                                                                               marie.mcgeehan@great-circle.org

Missouri Children's Agency One of Five National Winners of $100,000 Grant for Strategic Planning Two-year grant will fund cutting-edge strategic planning transformation project                               Great Circle (formerly Boys & Girls Town, Edgewood Children's Center) only agency in Missouri to be selected

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Dec. 12, 2012) -- Great Circle , one of Missouri's largest providers of behavioral healthcare for children, won a two-year $100,000 grant from the national organization, Alliance for Children and Families. The grant comes from the Alliance's Strategy Counts program -- a multi-year pilot project designed to enhance the social impact of nonprofit human service providers by increasing their focus on strategy and its effective deployment. The Alliance is a Milwaukee-based national nonprofit association with a member network of nearly 350 nonprofit, human serving organiztions.

Great Circle touches the lives of 11,000 children and family members annually through its campuses and community based services in St. Louis, Columbia, Hillsboro, Kirksville, Springfield, Steelville, and St. James. Great Circle will incorporate the Baldrige Model of Performance Excellence to align and focus the entire organization on a single strategic vision that defines and implements institution-wide outcomes measurement, evidence-based practices, stakeholder feedback and decision-making. 

This transformational project will enhance Great Circle's effectiveness in fundamentally altering the life trajectory of children, youth and families served; enabling them to secure stable employment, maintain financial security, and effectively break cycles of poverty by fostering academic progress, developing skills for independent living, and improving interpersonal and long-term resiience skills.

"This grant enables Great Circle to not only improve our own services and ultimately the quality of life for community members, said Vince Hillyer, president and CEO. "It also means we are part of an exciting program that is closely examining how nonprofit human service organizations can be even more effective throughout the country."

Only agency in Missouri to receive award

Great Circle is one of five agencies selected from 72 applications for the Strategy Counts Transformative Projects in 2012. Great Circle is the only agency in Missouri participating in the Strategy Counts initiative.

The intent is for the pilot sites to test and model how nonprofits can be more nimble in adjusting to change, more data-driven in making decisins, better positioned to partner, and more able to innovate in ways that have maningful client and community impact on improving the lives of children and families.

The 20 agencies currently serving as Strategy Counts pilot sites participate in a cohort learning group throughout the project. The Alliance is committed to sharing the results of this initiative in order for the pilot projects to contribute a new depth of understanding about the role of strategy in nonprofit organizations that share a mission to improve the lives of children and families. 

About Great Circle

Established as a result of the merger of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Edgewood Children's Center, Great Circle provides treatment, education, prevention, and support services to children with a history of abuse or neglect, children with emotional and behavioral disorders and children with autism. Great Circle's mission to "reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders, giving children and families the confidence to create bright futues" is fulfilled through campuses in St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield and St. James, Missouri. As one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in Missouri, the organization annually touches the lives of more than 11,000 children and family members and employs more than 700 staff members. For more information, please visit the website at www.great-circle.org.

The Alliance for Children and Families is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults and families. The Alliance workse for a transformational change by representing and supporting hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations located in North America to translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. 

Working with and through its member network, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employement success. Go to alliance1.org for more information.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and oppotunity in underserved communities, improving the health of low-income people, supporting artistic expression, increasing college achievement, assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and advancing methods for deaing with global climate change. The foundation works in six program ares: arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health, and human services. In 2010, the Board of Trustees approved 481 awards totaling $158 million; $134 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit kresge.org. 

November 30, 2012Holiday Comedy at Center for Arts

In an effort to raise funds for the newly formed Lindenwood University Arts Endowment, Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts will feature the holiday comedy Three Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR on the stage of the Bezemes Family Theater at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. All proceeds will benefit the endowment, which in turn supports the cultural enrichment of the Greater St. Louis Area and the education and scholarship of Lindenwood University's Fine and Performing Arts students.

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November 30, 2012

Contact: Chad Snider
Director of Marketing
J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts

Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts
to Feature the Three Redneck Tenors

St. Charles, Mo.—In an effort to raise funds for the newly formed Lindenwood University Arts Endowment, Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts will feature the holiday comedy Three Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR on the stage of the Bezemes Family Theater at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. All proceeds will benefit the endowment, which in turn supports the cultural enrichment of the Greater St. Louis Area and the education and scholarship of Lindenwood University's Fine and Performing Arts students.

Reserved seat tickets are available for $24.50-$38.50 at the Lindenwood Box Office (636-949-4433) or online at www.lindenwoodcenter.com. The Box Office and the Bezemes Family Theater are located in Lindenwood's J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, at 2300 West Clay St., just west of First Capitol Drive in St. Charles.

Performed by the same great cast of the hit 3 Redneck Tenors–a New Musical Adventure, these real life Broadway and opera stars are ready to warm your holidays with a classic, pop, and deep-fried feast of musical delights. The familiar holiday tunes in the show include classics like: "Sleigh Ride," "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Santa Baby," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Blue Christmas," "O Holy Night," "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," and "Silent Night." You'll also enjoy holiday spoofs like "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and a few other great surprises! Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR stars Matthew Lord, Alex Bumpas, Blake Davidson and Dinny McGuire with musical arrangements by award-winning composer Craig Bohmler.

For more information about the concert, contact the Lindenwood Box Office at 636-949-4433.

Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, is an independent liberal arts university offering 84 undergraduate degree programs and 37 graduate programs in diverse areas of study in traditional and accelerated formats. Lindenwood operates a residential campus in historic St. Charles, as well as 11 extension sites throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.


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Reason #4 to attend MPA's 148th Annual Convention: Revenue Advice from Anne Tezon Anne Tezon will discuss how you can use your existing content to publish eBooks, diversify your revenue and boost your circulation. Tezon will speak at 9:15 a. Link

Monday August 18th

Reason #5 to attend MPA's 148th Annual Convention: John Robinson's "Coastal Missouri - Driving on the Edge of the Wild" You need to see who's been stalking your community! Hear John Robinson's humorous recount of his "wild, wooly hoot" journey across Missouri for his new book, "Coastal Missouri - Driving on the Edge of the Wild." You'll enjoy this breakfast session at 8:00 a. Link

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