Who we are
Signature Health is a St. Louis based professional nursing agency that was created for nurses by nurses in conjunction with a strong business minded team. With over 30 years of combined experience in the healthcare and business industries, Signature Health is a leader in the market.
The community of St. Louis has entrusted Signature Health's nursing services within large medical facilities, community school districts and in the homes of loved ones. We were founded on the core values of compassion, respect, integrity and excellence. We hope to be your most trusted resource for professional nurses and look forward to building a relationship with you.
Meet the Leadership Team
President & CEO
A St. Louis native and graduate of Ladue Schools, Michael has spent 25 years working in and/or supporting many businesses globally in the development of market expansion and customer acquisition strategies across numerous industries, including healthcare.
Prior to launching Signature Health, Michael was vice president of Corporate Strategy with the Principal Financial Group®. He was charged with leading the corporate strategy function by providing the structure, discipline and focus to assist Principal's business units in achieving their strategic objectives. Before Principal, he was Managing Partner of Hamilton Consulting International, where he advised clients on the exploration, qualification and execution of strategic planning, sales and marketing efforts in the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Michael was director of International Business Development for John Ryan Performance, Inc. in London, where he was focused on delivering sales and marketing strategies to the global retail banking market. Prior to that, he was the director of Strategy and Business Development at Carlson Companies, supporting the corporate center, and has held various sales and corporate development roles at Target Corporation and Honeywell International, Inc.
Michael has a Masters of Science in Leadership and Strategy from the London Business School as a Sloan Fellow, and earned his MBA in operations management from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. He also holds dual Bachelors of Science degrees in both electrical and computer engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Having a strong desire to give back to the community, Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Black MBA Association, The University of Northern Iowa-College of Business as well as Variety-The Children’s Charity®. He has previous Board experience with The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota®, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Christi J Hokel, MS, BSN, RN
Clinical Director of Nursing
Having a strong strong passion for helping those in need and the desire to change peoples lives is what led Christi to become a nurse. She graduated from Grand View University with two Bachelors Degrees. The first in Health Care Studies and the second in Nursing. She also received a Minor in Psychology. She later went on to receive a Master's of Science from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She began her clinical career working at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines as a Cardiac/Telemetry nurse. From there she transitioned into the field Emergency Nursing and later into Hospice.
In 2004 Christi launched Signature Healthcare in Des Moines, Iowa. Today the nursing agency employs over 200 nurses and caregivers and has become Iowa's top provider of medical staffing. Signature Healthcare places nurses in hospitals, long term care facilities, physician groups, occupational health, mental health, rehabilitation, hospice, school districts and in-home health care.
In 2007 Christi led the agency in becoming nationally recognized and certified by The Joint Commission. Joint Commission certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality and safety that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
What nursing personally means to Christi, "For me there's so much joy in nursing. You touch the lives of so many incredible people, their families, their stories — and their stories are wonderful. I once cared for a lady who lived to her 100th birthday and although she had a long list of medical complications, she was alert and oriented. She quickly became someone I longed to visit, even on my days off. Her heart warming stories and priceless wisdom drew me close. Her grown children lived out of state and they visited when they could, but I knew her days grew long and lonely. As her condition deteriorated I found myself at her bedside more and more. What a privilege it was holding hands with her while she traveled the journey to a place of everlasting love and peace. I'll never forget you, Mildred. You taught me the art of being a nurse."