Missouri Director of Corrections receives “Visionary Award” for leadership

Missouri Director of Corrections receives “Visionary Award” for leadership

Missouri Director of Corrections, George Lombardi

George Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC), has received the “Visionary Award” from the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association (MHPCA). The award is designed to honor an individual whose vision and work has advanced the quality of hospice/end of life care in Missouri, or at a national level.

As Director of Corrections, Director Lombardi is responsible for more than 11,000 staff, 59,000 probationers and 30,000 inmates. He is a 35-year veteran of the MDOC. His work to bring hospice care to the offender population of Missouri garnered the director this nomination and award. “I cannot tell you how proud I am of the work you are doing to bring Hospice to our offenders. The perception by the general population of our prisons that we care enough to be there for them at the end of their life is a powerfully critical element in the peace and tranquility of our prison culture,” stated the Director in his acceptance speech.

In a later email to Corizon Health leadership and other staff, Director Lombardi expressed his gratitude for the award by saying, “As I said at the award ceremony and repeated here—my involvement was minimal and so this really belongs to…all of the staff who have been involved as well as our partner staff of Corizon. Thanks to one and all.”