Three New Members Appointed to MTS Board of Directors

Posted June 10, 2011 in News Category

Mid-America Transplant Services announces the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. MTS’ board comprises donor family members, healthcare executives, physicians, and other disciplines, including ethics religion, and law.

The three newly appointed directors are:

Dennis G. Coleman, CEcD, FM

denny-colemancolor-xh3The president and chief executive officer of the St. Louis County Economic Council for the past 21 years, Mr. Coleman has been a regional leader overseeing economic development initiatives in St. Louis County that have focused successfully on community revitalization, business retention and development, and job creation. Recognized as one of the “Most Influential St. Louisans” from 2006 - 2011 by the St. Louis Business Journal, Mr. Coleman is nationally recognized for entrepreneurship skills and his ability to bring together diverse constituents and programs to achieve strategic objectives. Examples include the establishment of the St. Louis Enterprise Centers, a geographically and technologically diverse group of small business incubators, and the development of the World Trade Center St. Louis, an international trade development program managed by the Economic Council. Prior to heading the Economic Council, Mr. Coleman was director of development for the City of St. Louis.

Gretchen Garrison, Esquire

gretchen-garrison-photo-2-d96Ms. Garrison is a practicing attorney in the St. Louis law firm of Gray, Ritter & Graham, P.C. Listed among the Best Lawyers in America for appellate law, Ms. Garrison specializes in business litigation, state regulatory and administrative law, health care, taxation, and appellate practice. She also is listed among the top lawyers in the area of business litigation by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers. She has served previously as General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Health and is a frequent speaker and author on health care law, among other legal topics.

David P. Jaques, MD

dr-jaqueslowresDr. David Jaques is a professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and vice president of surgical services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. In his hospital position, Dr. Jaques is responsible for all activities related to peri-operative care, including staff and services for the more 38,000 patients annually in 60 operating rooms. In addition, Dr. Jaques oversees all activities related to the care of transplant and neuroscience patients and is in the process of enhancing and expanding the number of solid organ transplants performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Prior to joining Barnes-Jewish in 2006, Dr. Jaques held positions as the vice chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and chief of the Department of Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Retired from the United States Army after having attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Jaques served as the Battalion Senior Medical Officer and chief of the Forward Surgical Team during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is adept at large-scale project management and has been intimately involved in numerous patient safety and hospital facility design initiatives designed to improve the overall quality of care.

About MTS

Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS) has served as the regional organ and tissue procurement organization for Missouri, southern Illinois, and northeastern Arkansas for more than 35 years. In addition to recovering organs and tissue for transplant, MTS provides comprehensive services to donor families, offers a wide variety of educational programs to schools, and partners with our community. With a mission to save lives through excellence in organ and tissue donation, MTS has been at the forefront of both enhancing the quality of organs and tissue for transplant as well as in increasing awareness of donation in the communities they serve. The organization is a 2010 Missouri Quality Award Recipient and has been identified by the Division of Transplantation (Department of Health and Human Services) as one of six Organ Procurement Organizations nationally with exceptional organ donation rates among all hospitals served. MTS is on the web at


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