Overland Park Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—recently received the Downtown Impact Award from the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce for the 10,000 square-feet ER of Shawnee that opened on Nov. 20, 2014. The award was presented at the Chamber’s annual Business Appreciation Dinner.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for the strategic investment we made in the well being of the community and the healthcare it receives—and in the City of Shawnee,” says Overland Park Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Hicks.  “The ER of Shawnee represents a collaborative effort with the City of Shawnee and the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to continuing to be a strong partner with this community for years to come by offering high-quality and compassionate care, but also by giving back.”

“The ER of Shawnee has made a tremendous impact not only for downtown Shawnee, but also for the entire community and surrounding area,” says Shawnee Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Leeper.

Annice Masse, director of the ER of Shawnee, notes the ER of Shawnee is the closest and best option for people in northern Johnson County and even Wyandotte County.  “This state-of-the-art ER has helped lighten the burden on other area emergency rooms,” she says, adding that people from those areas are already transported to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Emergency Room on a regular basis. "We’re right between two major highways—Interstate 35 and Interstate 435—which means easier access from across the area translating to a more efficient patient experience."

The ER of Shawnee is located at 10310 Shawnee Mission Parkway, one block west of Interstate 35, and offers everything a patient would receive at a traditional hospital ER.  Ambulances bring patients from across the area, including Shawnee to as far north and west as Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Bonner Springs and Kansas City, Kan.  Walk-in patients are also treated. The ER of Shawnee has a CT scanner, full laboratory for blood and other tests, full radiology department, trauma room, contamination room, isolation room and 10 patient rooms. Through a digital communications system, the emergency room can stay in communication with surrounding area emergency rooms and divert traffic to Shawnee Mission Parkway location when needed.

For more information on Overland Park Regional Medical Center and its full spectrum of high-quality services, visit oprmc.com.