Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center, today announced plans to step down from the position he has held for 17 years on December 31, 2014. Menorah Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.
Since February 1997, Wilkinson’s leadership, strategic vision and passion have helped Menorah Medical Center grow and expand to become one of Kansas City’s best-known healthcare assets. The full-service, acute-care hospital at the corner of 119th and Nall in Overland Park serves the community with a compassionate and dedicated staff of more than 600 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers some of the region’s most leading-edge technology such as CyberKnife and a robust da Vinci Surgical Robot program, which performed some of the area’s first minimally invasive procedures. In addition, Wilkinson was instrumental in helping Menorah Medical Center achieve its dual certification as both an Accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Stroke Center—the first such recognition in Johnson County. He also spearheaded the development of the new master plan for the hospital campus, and has completed the first two phases, which include the ambulatory surgery center and the additional medical office building housing the cancer center.
Wilkinson’s accomplishments in the healthcare arena are many, and through his commitment to Menorah and its medical staff, employees and patients and their families the hospital has provided and will continue to provide high-quality care to this community.
“Steve Wilkinson’s name is synonymous with quality healthcare in Kansas City,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President of HCA Midwest Health. “I know the important decision Steve made was a difficult one—after serving more than 17 years at the helm of Menorah, he embodies the spirit of exceptional five-star healthcare in an environment of excellence. And anyone who knows Steve is familiar with his unwavering devotion to family, too. His wife, Wanda and their two children and grandchildren will benefit from spending time with him in his retirement.”
“My time at Menorah has been the absolute highlight of my career in healthcare,” says Wilkinson. “The partnership I have with the medical staff and employees, and the collaboration with the community is tremendous and key to Menorah’s growth as one of the premier healthcare institutions in Kansas City. It has been my absolute pleasure to build a foundation where patients and their families come first.”
“Steve has been a tremendous leader and health care advocate not only in the Kansas City area, but in the entire state of Kansas,” says Tom Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kansas Hospital Association. “He has provided incredible support and been a mentor to many in this industry. This is bittersweet, but we are happy for Steve and his family.”
Deeply engaged in the community, Wilkinson has served on numerous boards and chaired events and galas over the decades to help raise awareness and funds for issues and diseases. Most recently Wilkinson and Wanda chaired the KidsTLC gala to help raise money to provide shelter and social services for youth facing neglect, abuse and family disruption. He has also received prestigious honors, including the Kansas Hospital Association’s Charles S. Billings Award. Wilkinson will continue his work on several nonprofit boards, continuing to pursue a lifelong passion of giving back to the community.
The search for Wilkinson’s replacement will begin immediately and his legacy will continue under new leadership.