Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has appointed Johnathon Myers as Chief Operating Officer. Myers assumed responsibilities of overseeing the 511-bed Level I Trauma acute-care facility, which is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, earlier this month. Myers will be responsible for Research Medical Center’s day-to-day operations, including administrative responsibility for policy and procedure, support services, planning, human resources, Information Technology, business process redesign and strategic planning.
Myers comes to Research Medical Center as a seasoned healthcare operations and administration executive with more than 14 years of experience. Most recently he served as Regional Vice President responsible for strategy, business development, and operational alignment for Sarah Cannon, the HCA Midwest Health cancer service line. Under Myers’ direction, Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health successfully established itself as a world-class leader in cancer care in the Kansas City region. The Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health cancer network is anchored by four accredited HCA Midwest Health hospitals—Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Research Medical Center—and is complemented by numerous cancer care outreach sites located in communities throughout metropolitan Kansas City and the surrounding areas. During his tenure the Blood Cancer Center at Sarah Cannon HCA Midwest Health opened at Research Medical Center in March 2015, delivering expanded treatment and research options for patients in the Kansas City region diagnosed with blood cancers. In addition, Myers led the development of an integrated cancer service line which includes the expansion of oncology services and additional locations, as well as overseeing a large multi-specialty oncology group.
“We are very fortunate and excited about the leadership Johnathon will provide to our organization as we continue to expand the services we provide to the community,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “His energy, wealth of highly effective interpersonal and management skills and passion for operational excellence will help reinforce and drive the continued growth Research has experienced in high-quality, coordinated patient care. This will be especially important in the area of oncology, as we continue to offer patients some of the most cutting-edge treatments and clinical trials in the region, yet close to home.”
“I look forward to working with Jackie’s dynamic organization as it continually expands to better meet the healthcare needs the community with progressive and innovative programs,” Myers says. “I also look forward to the opportunity to become part of the collaborative team of employees and medical staff that is the foundation of one of Kansas City’s most highly-regarded and coveted hospitals.”
Myers earned an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in nuclear medicine at Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in healthcare management at Ottawa University in Overland Park, Kansas. He received a Masters degree in business administration at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Myers is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Association of Community Cancer Centers; he also sits on the board of directors of Gilda’s Club of Kansas City and the executive leadership committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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