Dr. John Bentley Cause of death: Dr. John Bentley, a well-known physician and philanthropist from Springfield, has passed away at the age of 88.
Dr. John Bentley Cause of death
The City of Springfield announced his passing in a news release, stating that Dr. Bentley had a private practice as a cardiologist/internist for 35 years.
He was also the founding medical director at The Kitchen in the 1980s, where he volunteered to serve the homeless and poor alongside Sister Lorraine Biebel.
Dr. Bentley's legacy of service and dedication to the Springfield community will be remembered for years to come.
He helped establish and fund the Jordan Valley Community Health Center in 2003 and served as its medical director and family practitioner for two decades.
His efforts were recognized with several awards for his service to the Springfield community, including the 1999 Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Salute to Healthcare Award, the 2000 Council of Churches' Gift of Time Volunteer of the Year Award, and the 2002 Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Humanitarian of the Year Award, among others.
Mayor Ken McClure expressed his condolences and gratitude for Dr. Bentley's contributions to the community, stating that “He saved many lives, and for others who knew him – he made their lives better.”
Matthew Stinson, the executive vice president of Jordan Valley Community Health Center, also shared his thoughts, saying that Dr. Bentley was “the shoulders that we sit upon as we look to think about how do we do health care in Springfield now.”
Dr. Bentley's commitment to helping others and improving healthcare in Springfield will be sorely missed, but his legacy will live on in the community. As Mayor McClure put it, “Springfield is a better place because of Dr. Bentley.”