Published on November 11, 2019
Cindy Butler, administrative director of patient care services at Phelps Health, was one of 13 individuals recently honored for outstanding community service by the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC).
Butler, of Belle, MO, was recognized during MRPC’s annual dinner held October 24, 2019, at the Stonebrook Center in Waynesville, MO. Vic Stratman, Maries County presiding commissioner and MRPC board member, nominated Butler for the award.
“I am honored and humbled,” Butler said of the recognition, which she noted was a surprise to her. “The ability to help others and make a difference…it fuels me.”
For the past 12 years, Butler has been president of the Ya Yas of Belle, a not-for-profit group of women who has raised over $220,000 for those in need in the Belle and Bland, MO, areas. The Ya Yas organization is a past MRPC award recipient, too.
Butler also serves as president of the Ozark Central Ambulance Board of Directors and volunteers at the Belle Fair.
In addition, she is a fund administrator for the Greatest Needs Fund and Patient Transportation Fund through the Phelps Health Foundation. Butler is a leading advocate for organ and tissue donation at Phelps Health, as well.
“I’ve always been more of a giver than a receiver,” Butler said. “If there is an opportunity to volunteer and I have the time, I try to assist.”
After a massive tornado struck Joplin, MO, in 2011, Butler and her family helped serve food and water to those in need. In 2017, she and her husband Frank delivered a trailer full of toys to families affected by the Kansas wildfires.
Butler, a registered nurse (RN), has worked for Phelps Health since 2000. She began her career in the Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) and Emergency Department. In 2002, she became the director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and worked there for 12 years before starting her current role at Phelps Health.