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Rising Star: Josh Bade

josh-badeAdministrative Director of Operations and

Assistant General Counsel


Josh Bade’s career has brought him, literally, full circle in his life. Born at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, he’s now back at CoxHealth and in Springfield after professional stops in St. Louis and Arkansas.

Bade studied communications at Saint Louis University and worked as a copywriter and graphic designer for Nestle Purina He initially planned on becoming an advertising executive, but as he neared the end of his undergraduate studies, he started to change his mind.

“I was looking to do something more altruistic with my career,” he said, and he thought law might provide that opportunity.

So when his wife, Melissa, took the LSAT, he did so as well.

Bade attended the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was publications director for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, chairman of the Board of Advocates and a law clerk for Strong-Garner-Bauer. He made the Dean’s List each year and won the school’s Pro Bono Service Award before graduating in 2011.

Shortly after graduating, Bade began clerking for Judge Nancy Steffen Rahmeyer of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District.

He remained there until 2012, when he joined O‘Reilly, Jensen & Preston in Springfield and practiced in a variety of areas, including contract law and business litigation. He said he never planned to spend his legal career in a courtroom, however, and he believed his eventual destination would involve working inside for a business.

Bade moved in-house in 2014 with CoxHealth, where he was promoted from Assistant General Counsel to Administrative Director of Operations in 2016.

While at first glance the position of administrator might seem to be very different from that of an attorney, he said many of his legal analytical and problem-solving skills still apply to his work. He finds himself on the forefront of medical records and technology advancements. In both his legal and operational capacities, he helped in the development of DirectConnect, a CoxHealth telemedicine program that brings care to individuals, schools and employers through mobile devices.

Bade also has worked directly with universities and specialty hospitals, such as Washington University and Kansas City Children’s Hospital, to offer specialized medicine through the program.

As assistant general counsel, Bade has made significant changes to the way CoxHealth does business. “As a young attorney, you don’t always get the chance to work on mergers and big projects,” he said.

Bade was the lead drafting attorney on the team that reimagined the hospital system’s corporate structure. He served as the liaison between outside counsel and hospital administration during its mergers with the Ferrell-Duncan Clinic, the Skaggs Regional Medical Center, Citizens Memorial Hospital and Barton County Memorial Hospital. He also tackled the physician-compensation model, updating an agreement that hadn’t been modified in 17 years.

In addition to his legal work, in which he aims to improve and expand access to health care across Missouri, Bade serves on many community and professional boards. Among them: the Springfield Catholic Schools Development Board and the Ozark Counseling Center board.

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