Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC) announces the appointment of Jim Beatty, FACHE, as the new Chief Operating Officer. Beatty assumes his responsibilities in Overland Park at the 350-bed acute-care hospital, which is a Regional Trauma Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center and one of the busiest hospitals in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Since 2010, Beatty has led daily operations and played a key role in strategic planning and medical staff development as Chief Operating Officer at the 325-bed Rapides Regional Medical Center (RRMC) in Alexandria, Louisiana.
During his tenure at RRMC, Beatty was responsible for day-to-day operations, directing major service line growth, including Cardiology, Neurosurgery, Oncology, Level III Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU. He was instrumental in helping RRMC attain American College of Surgeons Level II Trauma Center status and led the effort to recertify the hospital as an accredited Primary Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Beatty also developed and gained approval for a 22-bed, 23,000 square-feet $13 million expansion project for RRMC’s Emergency Department and designed renovation plans for a $4 million freestanding urgent care/outpatient imaging clinic.
Beatty began his healthcare career with Health Management Associates, a proprietary hospital corporation, in Naples, Florida. He served with HMA’s Hernando Healthcare in Hernando County, Florida, first in Brooksville at Brooksville Regional Hospital in 1999. From 2001-2003 he was COO of Spring Hill Regional Hospital and from 2003-2006 was Chief Executive Officer of the Spring Hill, Florida acute-care hospital. From 2006 – 2008, Beatty was CEO at the 194-bed, acute-care Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center in Davenport where, amongst other accomplishments, he planned and directed multiple facility expansions to include a $25 million two -floor addition that increased bed capacity from 142 to 194, and a $10 million surgical suite project.
Beatty joined HCA in 2009 as COO at the 341-bed acute-care Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, Florida. The hospital was recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 best hospitals and ranked in the top five percent for clinical excellence in the nation.
Beatty served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps from 1984 – 2004 when he was deployed worldwide as a harrier jet pilot and troop-transport helicopter pilot. He also served as the Site Commander of a Marine Corps reserve unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California in Los Angeles and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas in Austin.
“Jim is a highly effective healthcare leader and an accomplished hospital administrator with solid roots in our healthcare system,” says Kevin Hicks, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “His energy and passion for and commitment to operational excellence will help reinforce and drive Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s high-quality, coordinated patient care and experience.”
“I am excited to join the Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Kevin Hicks’ team at this critical time in the hospital’s growth as it completes the $110 million, unprecedented expansion to better meet the needs of patients and families with progressive and innovative programs,” says Beatty. “ I also look forward to continuing the positive physician relationships and community collaboration the Overland Park Regional Medical Center team is known for.”