HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer, has appointed Kevin J. Hicks as Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Hicks will assume responsibility of the 350-bed acute-care hospital, which is also a Regional Trauma Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center and one of the busiest hospitals in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, on Feb. 1, 2014.
Hicks is regarded in the industry as a consummate healthcare professional and has more than 30 years of experience, including a decade at the multi-facility level. He has been with HCA since 1987, working in the El Paso, Texas market prior to relocating to Johnson County and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in 1993. During his tenure as CEO from 2003 – 2006, Hicks developed the state-of-the-art private Level IIIB NICU and Women’s Center, which has grown into the region’s leader in neonatal critical care, among other accomplishments.
Since August 2006, Hicks has served as Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., also part of HCA Midwest Health System. His strategic vision, leadership, compassion and relationship-building skills have allowed Research Medical Center to flourish both in its staff recruitment, patient and visitor experience and market presence. In addition, Hicks has served as an HCA Midwest Health System ambassador in the community, developing vital relationships with many organizations.
“Kevin is a highly effective leader and an accomplished hospital administrator who is respected as a consensus builder and is adept at creating authentic, credible and lasting collaborative relationships with community leaders and decision makers,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President, HCA Midwest Health System. “His knowledge of the Greater Kansas City and Johnson County areas, along with an impressive ability to form robust, credible and lasting partnerships with employees and physicians, makes him the perfect fit to once again lead Overland Park Regional Medical Center.”
“I am excited to return to Overland Park Regional Medical Center at a crucial time in its growth, especially as it moves forward with its multi-million-dollar, unprecedented expansion,” says Hicks. “In addition, I, along with the hospital’s strong leadership team, will continue to focus on strategic initiatives that are deeply meaningful to staff, physicians and patients, including developing a culture of excellence in the patient and visitor experience and improving physician engagement. I am committed to fostering the collaborative partnership within the community, which is a vital part of Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s mission and vision.”
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to warmly welcome Kevin back to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center family,” says Barb Brown, Board of Trustees Chair, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and retired Executive Director, Lewis & Clark Research Institute, Leavenworth, Kan. “His dedication, commitment to the community and leadership for excellence in patient care will provide the hospital the right vision for the future.”
“Kevin provided Overland Park Regional a great foundation for Women’s Services more than 10 years ago when the Neonatal ICU was established and continues to thrive today,” says Tony Moulton, MD, Ob-Gyn, Women’s Healthcare Group, incoming Board Chair, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “On behalf of the medical staff, we are excited to have him back at Overland Park Regional as we complete the historic $110 million expansion which will provide more accessible emergency and trauma services to the region.”
An active search for Hicks’s replacement at Research Medical Center will begin immediately. Research Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Matt Sogard, will act as Interim Chief Executive Officer.