Mark Turner, retiring president of Memorial Regional Health Services Inc., was named Citizen of the Year by the Greater Belleville Chamber at the chamber’s recent annual dinner.
Turner, who announced his retirement last fall, joined Memorial in 2004 and served as president of Memorial Hospital Belleville, Memorial Hospital East and Memorial Captive Insurance Co.
Turner’s nomination for Citizen of the Year acknowledged his dedication to his profession, particularly to Memorial Hospital, as well as his dedication to his community, his family and his faith.
“Mark exemplifies the characteristics of what a Citizen of the Year should be,” the nomination noted. “He is honest, exhibits integrity and is compassionate — truly caring about those he works with, the patients served by Memorial Hospital as well as the community. Just the third president in Memorial’s history, Mark is willing to work with others in the community to improve the quality of life for residents throughout the region.”
During his tenure, Turner has led significant growth at Memorial, including the construction and opening of the Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center on the Memorial Hospital Belleville campus, Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, and two Medical Office Buildings on the MHE campus, one of which houses the new Siteman Cancer Center.
Under his leadership, MHB received Magnet designation in 2008 and has had two subsequent successful re-designations, along with the initial Magnet designation of MHE in 2018.
Turner also played an integral role guiding Memorial’s integration with BJC.
Turner serves on the boards of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois, McKendree University and Greater St. Louis Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has been recognized for his community involvement and received the 2010 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Lewis and Clark Council and the 2011 Citizen of Character Award from the city of Belleville. He is a member of the Illinois Hospital Association Board and serves on the Regional Policy Board for the American Hospital Association.