HCA Names Kevin Hicks Research Medical Center CEO

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 27 /PRNewswire/ — HCA today announced that Kevin Hicks has been named president and CEO of Research Medical Center effective Aug. 1.

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“Hicks bring more than 18 years of CEO-level experience to his new position,” said Bryan R. Rogers, president of HCA Midwest Health System. “His wealth of experience within a variety of hospital settings will contribute to his successful leadership of Research Medical Center.”

In his new role, Hicks will oversee all hospital operations, including service expansions, new product line development, outpatient operations, medical office property and physician practices. In addition, he will direct the hospital’s strategic initiatives and provide oversight to the hospital’s $92 million in capital improvements, many of which have been completed and others that have a spring 2007 targeted completion.

The construction and renovation at Research Medical Center includes the emergency department doubling in size from 11,400 square feet to 24,000 square feet and increasing patient rooms from 15 to 23 as well as adding a six-bed chest pain center, a new Cancer Center expansion, cosmetic upgrades to the Women’s Services department and high-end patient room upgrades, all private patient rooms and the availability of VIP patient rooms.

Some projects have already been completed such as the first phase of the new emergency department, the admitting and registration departments that were relocated adjacent to the newly renovated main lobby and increased surface parking totaling nearly 800 spaces.

Having led many growth initiatives, Hicks is well positioned to oversee the $92 million in capital improvements at Research Medical Center. Hicks most recently served as president and CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He has also held CEO and senior management positions within both the HCA and former Health Midwest systems.

“Research Medical Center is a great hospital steeped in tradition. I look forward to leading the medical center as its new CEO,” said Hicks. “With its cutting-edge technology and outstanding staff and physician base, the hospital is a hallmark for high quality patient care in Kansas City.”

Hicks has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Personnel Management and a Master’s of Hospital Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is married with four children.

About Research Medical Center

Research Medical Center, a dual campus HCA Midwest healthcare facility, serves patients from a 150-mile region surrounding Kansas City by providing an abundance of services and access to advanced technology. The hospital, located at 2316 East Meyer Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the region’s leading acute care hospitals. The 511-bed facility features a broad range of highly specialized, state-of-the-art services. In addition, the 37-acre Research Brookside Campus, located at 6601 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Mo., includes outpatient facilities, medical office buildings and a comprehensive health and fitness center. For more information, go to http://www.researchmedicalcenter.com/ .

About HCA Midwest

HCA Midwest Health System is the area’s largest healthcare network, consisting of 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. HCA Midwest Health System has invested more than $500 million to enhance and expand patient services since entering the community in April 2003. HCA Midwest Health System facilities in the Kansas City metropolitan area include Allen County Hospital, Menorah Medical Center, and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas; and Cass Medical Center, Independence Regional Health Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee’s Summit Hospital, Medical Center of Independence, Research Belton Hospital, Research Medical Center, Research Medical Center-Brookside Campus, and Research Psychiatric Center in Missouri. To learn more about HCA Midwest Health System and the array of services available at its facilities, please visit HCAMidwest.com, or call 816-751-3000.

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HCA Midwest Health System

CONTACT: Rob Dyer, V.P., Marketing & PR, HCA Midwest Health System,+1-816-508-4169, or [email protected] ; or Linda Shaffer, APR, V.P.,PR & Marketing Research Medical Center, +1-816-823-0502, [email protected]

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