Gary Pulsipher, CEO of St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, was the featured speaker at the annual Academic All-Stars celebration Monday night at College Heights Christian School.
The celebration, which was held for students from East Middle School, and Duenweg/Duquesne, Eastmorland, Kelsey Norman, and McKinley elementary schools, is normally held at the high school but was shifted this year to College Heights after the high school was destroyed during the May 22 tornado.
Fittingly, the keynote speech was given by Pulsipher, who also had to deal with the loss of St. John's that day. Pulsipher told the students about the rewards of working at St. John's.
"It's a great place to work," Pulsipher said. "There's no better work in the world than taking care of people."
Pulsipher congratulated the students on their accomplishment. "You're just as smart as anyone out there."