Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announced today that Steven Kaster, M.D., MBA, board-certified in gastroenterology and fellowship-trained in gastroenterology and hepatology, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer at Menorah Medical Center. Dr. Kaster will lead key initiatives in physician recruitment and retention, medical affairs and quality patient care, while implementing new clinical care delivery strategies to improve efficiency, patient outcomes and the patient experience. He assumed his new responsibilities at Menorah Medical Center on September 27, 2018.
Most recently Dr. Kaster served as CMO at Medical City McKinney, a 260-bed, acute-care HCA facility in suburban Dallas, Texas, that also has a 60-bed behavioral health unit and a 15-bed rehabilitation unit.
Prior to his role in Texas, Dr. Kaster was a physician/partner with Digestive Health Specialists in Kansas City. He helped execute the merger of three GI practices with 21 physicians and five mid-level providers and also served as president of his practice and medical director of its ambulatory surgery centers. Dr. Kaster was physician/partner at Consultants in Gastroenterology in Kansas City from 1995 – 2015 when the practice became Digestive Health Specialists. He was a prior member of the Lee’s Summit Medical Center executive committee and served as medical staff president in 2003.
“Dr. Kaster’s devotion to exceptional patient care, combined with his extensive physician leadership experience and operational expertise, are crucial to Menorah and vitally important as we continue to meet the community’s healthcare needs.” says Menorah Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Charles Laird. “Working collaboratively with the esteemed Menorah Medical Center medical staff, clinical and operations team, Dr. Kaster will elevate the patient experience even more, while delivering the high-quality, compassionate healthcare that has become a staple of this hospital.”
Dr. Kaster is regarded for his innovation in growing healthcare companies by linking key clinical and business strategies and looks forward to returning to the Johnson County area where one of his personal highlights was serving as a Leawood City Councilman. He was able to make an impact on improving the city he loved for so many years, as well as assisting Mayor Peggy Dunn, the Council and city staffers in governmental affairs.
“This community is where I spent more than 20 years as a clinician and physician executive,” he says. “It’s exciting to return and join a hospital like Menorah Medical Center that has such a rich history in this community and to have the opportunity to work with some of the area’s most prestigious physicians and collaborate with an administrative team that is laser focused on quality and compassionate care. HCA Midwest Health is known as a leader in innovation and strategically partnering with physicians. Improving access to healthcare that drives excellent outcomes with new, state-of-the-art technology. When all parties align, greatness can be achieved. ‘Coming home,’ and being a part of the HCA Midwest Health family—at this point in my career—is truly exciting.”
Dr. Kaster earned a Bachelor of Arts at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Kansas. He was chief resident and instructor of medicine at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago and did a Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. Dr. Kaster received his Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago.
For more information on Menorah Medical Center and its spectrum of comprehensive services, visit https://menorahmedicalcenter.com.