Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announced today that Heather J. Palmer, MSN, RN, has been appointed as chief nursing officer for Belton Regional Medical Center. Palmer assumes her new responsibilities April 30 at the 71-bed acute-care hospital.

"We are honored to have Heather join Belton Regional Medical Center in the capacity of chief nursing office,” says Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass. “Her commitment to delivering high quality, compassionate care to patients and their families supports our mission and vision. Her knowledge and leadership expertise will be valuable as we expand our services to meet our community needs.” 

“I am excited to continue my HCA Midwest Health career and join the stellar team at Belton Regional Medical Center,” Palmer says. “My passion for nursing, the patient experience and high-quality and compassionate care will be valuable attributes as I build upon the strengths and resources here that benefit the community.”

Accomplished in patient safety, Palmer’s dedicated efforts have earned her a reputation as an inspiring, and effective healthcare professional.  Since 2017, Palmer has served in the Kansas City HCA Division office as vice president of nursing operations where in a short time she made a significant impact. Prior to that she was the assistant chief nursing officer at Centerpoint Medical Center, in addition to oversight and management of Centerpoint’s Medical Oncology Unit, Medical Surgical Unit, two Medical Telemetry Units, Critical Decision Unit, Float Pool, House Supervisor Department, Emergency Department and Oncology Services. Palmer began her HCA career in 2005 at Independence Regional Medical Center as a CNA and then a nurse intern while in nursing school. In 2007, she accepted a Registered Nurse position where she helped successfully coordinate and care for patients during the closing of Independence Regional Healthcare Center to Centerpoint Medical Center. In April 2016, following rigorous interviews, Palmer was accepted into the prestigious HCA Executive Development Program Class of 2017 for her leadership skills, drive to succeed and passion for healthcare and excellence in patient care experience.

Palmer earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California, and attended law school and worked in the Camarillo, California area. When she and her husband relocated to his hometown of Odessa, Missouri in 2003, she decided to pursue a job in healthcare and completed a CNA course, which eventually led her to the former Independence Regional Health Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and a Master of Science with an emphasis in Nursing Administration from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.