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DAMOND BOATWRIGHT APPOINTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OVERLAND PARK REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Accomplished healthcare executive will further the hospital’s position at renowned medical center.

Kansas City, MO – HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, has appointed Damond Boatwright chief executive officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  Boatwright will assume responsibility of the 350-bed acute-care hospital, one of the busiest in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, on Oct. 17, 2011.  Overland Park Regional Medical Center was recently named one of the nation's top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations.
 
Since 2007, Boatwright has served as the chief executive officer of Lee’s Summit Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System. During Boatwright’s leadership, The Joint Commission also named Lee’s Summit Medical Center as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures. Only four hospitals—all HCA Midwest—received this honor in Kansas City.  In 2009, Boatwright was a recipient of Modern Healthcare’s 23rd annual prestigious “Up and Comer” award. He is also heavily involved in myriad community organizations and has served as the American Heart Association’s Kansas City Heart Walk co-chair for several years.  This month, Boatwright was named to the national list of “Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” in Becker’s Hospital Review, which recognized selected leaders in prominent American health care organizations.
 
“Damond has a strong knowledge of the Greater Kansas City and Johnson County areas and an impressive ability to form strong, credible and lasting partnerships with employees and physicians,” says Steve Corbeil, president of HCA Midwest Health System.  “He is the perfect fit to lead Overland Park Regional Medical Center into the future as it prepares to undergo a multi-million-dollar, unprecedented expansion.”
 
Darryl Nelson, MD, HCA Midwest Health System Medical Director for Quality, says Boatwright’s appointment reflects HCA Midwest’s commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes.  “Damond is a highly effective leader and an accomplished hospital administrator who has both deep roots in our community and in our healthcare system,” says Nelson.  “His dedication and passion for working with physicians and staff to make an impact in the patient experience make him the ideal CEO for Overland Park Regional Medical Center.”
 
Boatwright says the combination of some of the Kansas City area’s best talent in physicians and surgeons, advanced technologies in heart, stroke, neonatal intensive care and women’s care, and a planned expansion at Overland Park Regional Medical Center offer an unmatched continuum of care for residents of Johnson County. “The cohesive team at Overland Park Regional Medical Center collaborates to deliver not only excellent and compassionate patient care, but also the best possible outcomes and support for patients during their treatment,” says Boatwright.  “I am proud to be a part of that.”
 
Boatwright says people living in the area have progressive and innovative programs for their health needs at their fingertips. “Overland Park Regional Medical Center is an exemplary hospital, and I’m excited to help continue the HCA Midwest unique patient-centered approach through the strengths of the Medical Center’s care for high-risk pregnancies, neonatal care, heart care, neurosciences and the Trauma Center – just to name a few.”
 
Corbeil says Boatwright will help reinforce and drive the continued growth Overland Park Regional Medical Center has experienced in high-quality, coordinated patient care. “Damond’s experience, knowledge and excellent performance at Lee’s Summit Medical Center will help advance HCA Midwest Health System’s philosophy and mission of top-notch patient care,” he says.
 
About Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, is a licensed 350-bed facility offering acute and outpatient medical care services, including a Regional Trauma Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Women’s Center, a Level IIIB NICU, the Human Motion Institute, advanced diagnostic imaging, a Diabetes Center and many other services.   Overland Park Regional Medical Center was named one of the nation's top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations.  Overland Park Regional Medical Center has received the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Breast Center of Overland Park Regional Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons.  Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. In addition, the HCA Midwest Neonatal Transport Team, serving Kansas City and outlying areas, is headquartered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. For more information on Overland Park Regional Medical Center visit www.oprmc.com.
 
About HCA Midwest Health System
HCA Midwest Health System is the Kansas City area’s largest healthcare network, consisting of 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. It is also the area’s largest private sector employer with more than 8,000 employees.  HCA Midwest facilities serving the Kansas City area include Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Research Belton Hospital, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Allen County Hospital and Cass Regional Medical Center.  Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  Midwest Physicians currently represents 289 physicians, including 108 primary care providers and 181 specialists with 81 physician practices providing care in 112 locations to serve the community.  The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas by focusing on five guiding principles: Quality, Service, People, Growth and Value. For more information on HCA Midwest Health System, visit www.hcamidwest.com.

 

 

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