Cape Girardeau Leadership

Rodney Brown Rodney Brown, RN

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Brown is a Registered Nurse with 17 years' nursing experience in many fields of healthcare. His experience includes Medical Surgical, Medical Telemetry, Cardio Thoracic Intensive Care and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. After working 7 years in a not-for-profit hospital he accepted a position as the Nurse Manager of a mobile cardiac catheterization unit for MedCath Inc. located in Charlotte, NC that serviced a seven state regional territory. In this position Mr. Brown was responsible for the management of a staff of seven employees, policy implementation, billing, supply procurement, quality assurance, public relations and the logistics of all equipment transport and setup.

Mr. Brown was the President and Co-founder of Vascular Services Inc. founded in 2002 and located in Marion, IL. Vascular Services Inc. is a management company specializing in the staffing and management of cardiac catheterization labs. His role as President included the negotiations of service contracts, staff management, human resources, billing, accounts receivable and payable and the development of programs in all new cardiac catheterization contracts.

Mr. Brown was also the President and Co-founder of Clearview Imaging LLC which was founded in 2003. Clearview Imaging LLC operates a Diagnostic Sleep Center in Marion, IL known as Clearview Sleep Centers. Mr. Brown planned and organized the business and technical plans related to the operations of the diagnostic sleep center.

Mr. Brown began his career at Landmark Hospitals in January 2007. During his tenure at Landmark he has served in several different positions. Hired as a staff nurse, he quickly moved to the role of Nurse Manager. In September 2007 he was promoted to Chief Clinical Officer and was in this position until he was named interim Chief Executive Officer in June 2009. On August 1, 2010 he became the permanent CEO of Landmark Hospital of Cape Girardeau, LLC. In this role, he is responsible for the overall operations of the hospital including but not limited to ensuring quality service, improving processes and managing costs.

Mr. Brown’s strengths can be found in his ability to visualize, plan, manage and implement healthcare programs in all aspects of healthcare.

Kim  Tippen Kim  Tippen, RN, CCRN

Chief Clinical Officer

Kim Tippen, RN, CCRN, has been employed with Landmark since the opening of the hospital in 2006 as a Registered Nurse. Kim graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a nursing degree. In the fall of 2010, she was promoted to Chief Clinical Officer for the hospital and brings over 10 years of critical care experience to the position. Kim believes that her passion for critical care and her desire to provide excellent service will benefit Landmark patients. Her responsibilities include supervising and scheduling the clinical staff as well as overseeing patient care standards.

Kim welcomes any suggestions or inquiries regarding Landmark from past or future patients and their families and can be reached by email at or direct dial (573) 331-8001.

Joseph Fugaro Joseph Fugaro, MD, FCCP

Medical Director

Dr. Joseph Fugaro joined the expert medical team at Landmark Hospital of Cape Girardeau as a Hospitalist and Medical Director in 2013. After working in private practice he spent two years on staff at Landmark Hospital of Columbia before taking on his new role at Landmark of Cape Girardeau.

Dr. Fugaro completed his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1996. He completed his general surgery requirements at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 2004. He completed his Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2006. Dr. Fugaro also received his Board Certification in Critical Care Medicine from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2010.

Dr. Fugaro is an active member of the Missouri Air National Guard and holds the rank of Major as an Aerospace Physician assigned to the 131st Medical Group, Whiteman AFB.