Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC), part of HCA Midwest Health — Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — will hold its grand opening commemorative ceremony from Noon – 2:30 p.m. in Overland Park at 10500 Quivira, near I-435 and Quivira Road on Tuesday, Aug. 19.  The hospital expansion includes a new three-story patient tower, a state-of-the art Emergency Department, an expanded Trauma Center, a new parking garage and “Heritage,” a historic trail connecting walkers from Quivira Road to the Indian Creek Trail System.  The hospital will officially transition patients to the new facility at 5 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22nd.

“This new, expanded healthcare campus represents a commitment to state-of-the-art medical technology, along with a commitment to high-quality, compassionate patient care by the physicians, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians and support staff,” says Kevin J. Hicks, President and Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

“I was here when the first brick was laid in 1978, more than 30 years ago, as we built Overland Park Regional Medical Center,” says John Romito, MD, OPRMC Chief Medical Officer.  “I’ve personally witnessed how our employees are dedicated to making a positive impact on our patients — from the team member who greets you as you enter the new spacious lobby, to the Labor Nurse holding your hand as your first baby is born, to the ER physician who cares for you during your most vulnerable time.  But when we officially open the new doors on Friday morning, you will be able to experience the goal we had when designing this new state-of-the-art hospital — to provide an outstanding patient experience, with care and compassion.”

WHAT/WHERE:  Commemorative Flag-Raising and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony from Noon – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

12:15 p.m.       Flag-Raising Ceremony and Remarks by M.L. Lagarde III, President and CEO, HCA Midwest Health

                                    Front Circle Drive, Flag Poles

12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch, Tours, Patient and Physician Interview Opportunities

Main Lobby and Hallways

            2 – 2:30 p.m.   Keynote Address

Speakers: Kevin J. Hicks, OPRMC President and CEO; John Romito, MD OPRMC Chief Medical Officer; Carl Gerlach, Mayor, City of Overland Park; and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran

Main Lobby

WHO:  OPRMC doctors and staff will be reunited with three former trauma patients, and surprise them with First Responders who cared for them.

Matt Bollig: Matt Bollig, former star quarterback for Ottawa University’s football team, suffered critical spinal injuries in a freak weightlifting accident two years ago during football workouts at Ottawa University’s Hull Center.  Bollig, now a paraplegic as a result of the injuries he sustained, will be reunited with OPRMC Trauma, ICU Staff and First Responders. 

Lacey Deardoff: On May 24, 2014, Lacey Deardoff was struck on I-435 near Quivira by a vehicle trying to avoid debris left on the highway following an accident.  The good Samaritan, Deardoff suffered life-threatening injuries and spent more than a month in the hospital and recovering in a rehabilitation facility.  She has been in Hutchison, Kan., for ongoing treatment but will be reunited with physicians and staff during the commemorative event. 

Mersadie Walker: “Sadie” was doing what most teenagers have done at least once in their life — trying to save an animal.  On June 19, 2014, 17-year-old Walker suffered critical injuries after she was hit by a car trying to help a turtle get off the road and was flown via air ambulance to OPRMC for treatment and surgery for her traumas. As she recovers at home, and starts back to school, her family will bring her to OPRMC to thank those who saved her life. 

Interviews with the Bollig, Deardoff and Walker families, as well as physicians, First Responders and dignitaries, will be available on Tuesday. The hospital will hold its community open house and health fair on September 20, 2014.