From its humble beginnings in a triple-wide trailer outfitted as an Emergency Center, which served the community from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends, to an award-winning, state-of-the-art hospital, Belton Regional Medical Center (BRMC) celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Today the full-service, 71-bed, Level III Trauma Center serves residents of southern Jackson and northern Cass counties with high-quality, compassionate patient care.
“Since 1984, our mission has been to provide southern Jackson and northern Cass County residents access to important health resources,” says Todd Krass, Chief Executive Officer, Belton Regional Medical Center. “Our excellent medical staff, advanced technology and highly qualified personnel make it possible to meet that goal. We value the collaborative partnership with the community we serve.”
“HCA Midwest Health System and its hospitals have a commitment to the communities they serve of providing a high level of quality and compassionate healthcare,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President and Chief Executive Officer of HCA Midwest Health System. “Since its early beginnings 30 years ago, Belton Regional Medical Center has evolved into the community’s trusted hospital and neighbor, offering unsurpassed, family-centered care and service. We are proud to celebrate this achievement with the medical staff and employees.”
“The residents of southern Jackson and northern Cass counties depend on Belton Regional Medical Center for not only routine needs, such as annual physicals, immunizations and cancer screens, but also for specialized treatments such as emergency care, cardiac testing and stroke and cancer treatment,” says Belton Mayor Jeff Davis. “We are fortunate to have this extraordinary healthcare resource in our community and to be a collaborative partner with the hospital as it continues its expansion.”
“Having been a practicing physician in Belton since 1981 I have been in a good position to see how Belton Regional Medical Center has grown and developed over the intervening years,” says Kirk Ridley, MD, Southland Primary Care/Midwest Physicians, part of HCA Midwest Health System. “I have watched with delight the hospital go from seeing ER patients in a double-wide trailer to offering nearly every major medical specialty. I am proud of the fact that the hospital can successfully stabilize, evaluate and treat almost everyone who comes through the hospital doors.”
BRMC will mark the milestone with an Old-Fashioned Community Picnic under the tent from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 22. Special presentations will begin at 12:30 p.m., with remarks from the Mayors of Belton, Raymore, Peculiar and Grandview; Missouri State Rep. Chris Moldendorp; and BRMC CEO Krass, who will recognize physicians and employees who have served the hospital since 1984.
BRMC’s history began in 1982 when the Belton City Council requested Research Medical Center — also part of HCA Midwest Health System — to investigate the area’s healthcare needs. The study’s results indicated a need substantial enough to support a hospital. Then-Belton Mayor Gary Mallory formed a Health Services Committee and applied for a Certificate of Need (CON) with the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. More than 400 letters were collected in support of building a Belton-based community hospital.
Despite robust community support — which included two busloads of hospital proponents visiting Jefferson City to register their case with politicians — the state disagreed that a hospital should be built in Belton.Ultimately the decision rested on one vote and, with the community’s overwhelming support, the final vote was cast in favor of a new hospital and the CON was approved.
Highlights of BRMC’s 30-year history include:
1985: New Medical Office Building opens.
2009: New Imaging Center opens, equipped with CT and MRI, digital mammography, nuclear medicine and PACs. 2011: State of Missouri approves hospital as Level III Trauma Center; groundbreaking takes place for a $39.2 million expansion and renovation.
Feb: The Joint Commission awards hospital certification as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence for total hip and knee replacements.
April: Name changes to Belton Regional Medical Center to better reflect its role as regional source of healthcare.
July: Phase I of the hospital’s newly constructed main entrance, lobby, registration and outpatient lab and 45,000 square-foot Medical Office Building opens.
Oct.: Level III Trauma Emergency Department and Surgical Services open, marking completion of Phase II of BRMC’s ambitious expansion and renovation project.
2013: CardioVascular Interventional Radiology Lab (CVIR) opens, offering patients convenient access to cardiac procedures such as cardiac catheterization, permanent pacemaker implant and cardioversion; and interventional radiology procedures including peripheral angiogram/intervention, PICC/port placement, IVC filter placement, GI tubes, biopsies and more.
2014: BRMC marks 30 years of serving the region with high-quality, compassionate healthcare.
Today BRMC offers the full spectrum of specialty services including: In-patient service; a five-bed ICU unit; outpatient clinics, including GI, Pain Management, Sleep Study Lab, Cardiology, Oncology/Hematology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Urology and Gynecology Surgery. The Emergency Department sees more than 18,000 patients annually. BRMC has 277physicians on staff and 303 employees.
For more information on Belton Regional Medical Center, visit beltonregionalmedicalcenter.com.