Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has named John McDonald, FACHE, as Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Matt Sogard, FACHE, who was appointed CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center, also part of HCA Midwest Health. McDonald assumed his responsibilities of the 80-bed, full-service hospital with a medical staff of more than 300 physicians representing more than 40 specialties.
“John’s well-deserved reputation of healthcare innovation and servant-leadership and will be instrumental as Lee’s Summit Medical Center continues its growth to accommodate the community’s constantly evolving healthcare needs,” says HCA Midwest Health President M.L. Lagarde III. “He has a passion for high-quality, compassionate healthcare excellence that will ensure the hospital will continue to thrive under his leadership.”
McDonald served as Chief Operating Officer at HCA’s Corpus Christi Medical Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, since 2015, a 631 licensed bed, five-campus hospital system, with responsibility for nine hospital departments and service lines. As the primary administrator for Bay Area Medical Center and The Heart Hospital, McDonald’s major accomplishments during his tenure included making a positive impact on elevating employee engagement and, to accommodate Bay Area Medical Center’s accelerated growth with a specific focus on oncology and bariatrics to better meet the community’s needs, facilitated the relocation of Corpus Christi’s largest oncology group to the Bay Area Campus.
Prior to Corpus Christi Medical Center, McDonald performed several roles at Universal Health Services in Amarillo, Texas, where he was Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Texas Healthcare System (June 2014 - September 2015) and Associate Administrator, Northwest Texas Healthcare System (February 2013 – June 2014). He designed and led the successful opening of a new 16-bed Behavioral Health Unit; created a business plan and received approval to open a freestanding Emergency Department; designed and led the successful opening of a new 10-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit. From April 2012 – February 2013, McDonald was Practice Administrator, Pulmonary Medicine Department at Texas Children’s Hospital where he provided leadership for the Pulmonary Medicine Department at one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals. He started his healthcare career at Houston Methodist Hospital System in Houston in 2006.
Reflecting on joining the Lee’s Summit Medical Center family, McDonald notes that he has been “deeply touched by the strong personal pride and conviction that the leadership team, board and physicians have for the hospital. It isn’t merely a place to work. The great reputation the hospital has earned both locally and nationally is because of the team’s authentic commitment to improving the health and wellness of the community and patient experience. I look forward to collaborating with the leadership and employees and build upon the growth the hospital has experienced. Lee’s Summit is a growing community, and I envision taking the hospital to the next level by adding new services and expanding the services currently offered.”
McDonald cites HCA co-founder Dr. Thomas Frist Sr.’s philosophy of “Bricks and mortar do not make a hospital. People do.” as the foundation for communicating a hospital’s vision and goals, observing that “any hospital is only as good as its employees.”
McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, graduating from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and a Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas. He and his wife, Jessica, and two young daughters live in Lee’s Summit where, McDonald says, “We can’t wait to build snowmen, sled and enjoy the beauty of the four seasons. This is a wonderful community with great schools and we’re excited to raise our family here.”
For more information on Lee’s Summit Medical Center and its robust family of services, visit https://leessummitmedicalcenter.com.