Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—has announced Nancy Melcher as chief nursing officer (CNO). Melcher, from Overland Park, joins the leadership team of the full-service, 350-bed acute care facility that is undergoing an expansion and extensive renovation, including a 72-private-bed tower.

“Nancy comes from our sister hospital, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, where she accomplished so much in the nursing and quality care realm in her five years there,” says chief executive officer Damond Boatwright. “I had the privilege of working with Nancy and personally witnessing her passion for excellence in patient care and her engagement with physicians and nursing teams. With the planned hospital expansion and historical $110 million investment in this community, Nancy’s leadership will set the standard for quality and operational excellence at Overland Park Regional.”

During Nancy’s five-year tenure at Lee’s Summit Medical Center the hospital earned chest pain accreditation, stroke certification, received The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures honor in every category for which the hospital provides care, and increased patient satisfaction and employee satisfaction significantly. Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recently graded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group.

Nancy replaces Caroline Corich, who is retiring from Overland Park Regional after 30 years in nursing leadership.

“I look forward to helping Overland Park Regional Medical Center continue its mission in serving the Overland Park community—my hometown,” says Melcher. “The organization is growing and investing in this community to better meet the needs of patients and families and it’s a very exciting time to be an integral part of this family.”

Nancy earned her bachelor of arts degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pa., and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. Nancy has served as a nursing leader with HCA since 1998.

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