HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer, has appointed Matt Sogard, FACHE, as Chief Executive Officer of Lee’s Summit Medical Center. Sogard assumes responsibility of the 64-bed, full-service, acute-care hospital, which is both an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center.
Sogard has a proven record in operational excellence and comes to Lee’s Summit Medical Center with a rich background as a dynamic healthcare executive. Since February 2012, he has led daily operations and played a key role in strategic planning and medical staff development at Research Medical Center (RMC) as Chief Operating Officer.
At Research Medical Center—also part of HCA Midwest Health System—Sogard was responsible for day-to-day operations, directing many service line growth and programmatic development efforts, including major aspects of cardiovascular services, oncology, neurosciences, trauma/emergency services and the transplant program. In December 2013 he led the launch of the new major regional Grossman Burn Center at Research Medical Center. Active in physician recruitment, on boarding, and practice development, Sogard has been involved within RMC’s rapidly growing 120+ provider employed physician group. In addition, he directed over $15 million in major capital/construction projects over the past two years.
Prior to joining Research Medical Center, Sogard was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s national “Rising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.” He earned a master of health administration and master of business administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. His bachelor of science in biology was obtained from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Sogard’s robust community involvement includes the American Heart Association; Rose Brooks Center board member; and the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas board member, among others.
Sogard’s commitment to operational excellence will reinforce and drive the continued growth Lee’s Summit Medical Center has experienced in high-quality, coordinated patient care under former CEO Jackie DeSouza’s guidance. DeSouza was named Research Medical Center CEO in January 2014.
“Matt is a highly effective leader and an accomplished hospital administrator with solid roots in our community and healthcare system,” says M.L. Lagarde III, President, HCA Midwest Health System. “His enthusiasm and passion for working with physicians and staff to make an impact in the patient experience make him the ideal CEO for Lee’s Summit Medical Center.”
“I look forward to building on the great foundation that the Lee’s Summit Medical Center team has developed in regards to growth, service and quality,” says Sogard. “Lee’s Summit Medical Center is expanding to meet the needs of patients and families with progressive and innovative programs. I also look forward to continuing the positive physician relationships and community collaboration the team has established.”
For more information on Lee’s Summit Medical Center, visit leessummitmedicalcenter.com.