January 25, 2017
HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider, announced today that Deborah Cygan Sheppard, MHCA, FACHE, has been appointed as Division Vice President of Women’s and Pediatric Services. With more than 25 years of experience in hospital operations and business development, Sheppard will be responsible for setting a strategic direction across HCA Midwest Health for its seven acute-care hospitals in Kansas and Missouri, including developing and implementing business plans to support the continued growth and success of the Division and establishing and leading a cohesive organizational and governance structure that supports the hospitals, among others.
Sheppard’s depth and breadth of experience will allow her, while working in tandem with executive and medical leadership, to provide an extraordinary experience for patients and their families.
Sheppard comes to HCA Midwest Health from Medical City and Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas, part of HCA North Texas, where she has served as Assistant Vice President of Business Development since 2013. During her tenure, Sheppard led growth initiatives for Women’s and Children’s Services, including contributions to the development of a new Women’s Hospital at Medical City; growth of robotics and congenital service lines; recruitment of new OB/GYNs and many pediatric specialists; integration and development of new Urgent Care locations; and development of new surgery programs.
Prior to that Sheppard was with Children’s Medical Center Dallas-Legacy Hospital in Plano, Texas, from 2007 - 2012 where she served as Senior Director of Operations, leading 21 departments in ancillary clinical, facilities, finance operations and family support divisions with over 300 employees. In addition, Sheppard was at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City from 2001 - 2007 where she served as Director of Operations and Director of Business Development and Professional Services.
Regarded as a collaborative leader and consensus builder among her colleagues, Sheppard is an FACHE Fellow and received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her Master of Health Administration from the Washington University School of Medicine.
“It’s my honor to join HCA Midwest Health and help drive its commitment to provide top-notch Women’s and Pediatric Services to its hospitals and the communities it serves,” Sheppard says. “It’s exciting to be part of the natural progression in expanding the continuum and quality of care to patients to become the region’s premier provider of Women’s and Children’s services.”
For more information on HCA Midwest Health and its family of hospitals, visit http://hcamidwest.com.