HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, has named Dean Carucci chief operating officer of Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Carucci joins the leadership team of the full-service, 350-bed acute care facility as it is undergoing an unprecedented $121 million expansion and extensive renovation, including a 72-private-bed tower.

Carucci comes to Overland Park Regional Medical Center as a healthcare operations and administration executive with a proven record in operational excellence. He has served as a healthcare leader since 2001, most recently as chief financial officer of Parkland Medical Center, an HCA facility in Derry, N.H. He held the position of CFO since 2007. Carucci collaboratively developed and implemented key strategies including recruitment of key physicians, volume targets and strategic program additions at Parkland.

“We are very fortunate and excited about the leadership Dean will provide to Overland Park Regional Medical Center as we expand and renovate our organization to serve the community’s healthcare needs,” says chief executive officer Damond Boatwright. “His energy and passion for operational excellence will help reinforce and drive the continued growth Overland Park Regional has experienced in high-quality, coordinated patient care.”

Carucci’s myriad accomplishments include leading the development of numerous capital projects at HCA facilities around the country and driving hospital growth teams and employee engagement. Carucci is a June 2012 candidate for a master of business administration from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His bachelor of science in finance with a concentration in internal audit was obtained from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

“I look forward to helping Overland Park Regional Medical Center continue its rich tradition of excellence to the community,” says Carucci. “The hospital is an organization that is expanding and investing in this community to better meet the needs of patients and families with innovative programs and state of the art technology. I am excited to be a part of Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s growth and to help improve the communities we serve.”

Mel Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System, says Carucci’s wealth of experience and commitment to excellent patient care emulates HCA Midwest’s mission. “Our hospitals are dedicated to providing every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion, community and integrity are valued,” says Lagarde. “Dean will help enhance what Overland Park Regional Medical Center offers to the community.”

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