Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has appointed Patrick Avila as Chief Operating Officer. Avila, who most recently served as Vice President of Operations at Research Medical Center, assumed responsibilities of overseeing day-to-day operations of the hospital, including administrative responsibility for policy and procedure, support services, planning, human resources, information technology and strategic planning, on April 10, 2017.

Avila, who graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s degree in physical therapy and earned an MBA at University of Missouri-Kansas City, spent the first five years of his healthcare career as a clinician. Since that time, he has held various leadership roles.  In 2012 Avila joined HCA Midwest Health, serving as Associate Administrator and Ethics and Compliance Officer at Lee’s Summit Medical Center and then moved to Research Medical Center in 2015. Last year Avila was chosen to join the prestigious 50-member HCA Executive Development Program Class of 2017, identified after rigorous interviews for his leadership skills, drive to succeed, a passion for healthcare and the excellence in patient care experience.  Some of Avila’s many notable accomplishments during his tenure with HCA Midwest Health include collaborating with ED and Trauma leadership to increase community and EMS awareness of programs and spearheading multi-million-dollar expansions.

“Patrick is regarded among his peers as a collaborative team player, someone committed to the overall picture of healthcare and how it ultimately impacts the patient,” says Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass. “He is also dedicated to creating and supporting an inspiring culture and workplace for employees.  We are fortunate and excited about the leadership Patrick will provide to Belton Regional Medical Center as we continue to expand to serve the growing demands of the communities we serve.

“I was drawn to physical therapy because of the ability to work one-on-one with patients and help them along the path of healing and recovery of functional abilities,” Avila says. “As I assumed more leadership responsibility, I quickly realized that I enjoyed working across the many disciplines that impact patient care and saw that the world of healthcare is rapidly evolving. I like being a part of the visioning and strategic planning processes. I look forward to working with this dynamic organization as it continually expands to better meet the community’s healthcare needs with progressive and innovative programs.”

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