KANSAS CITY, MO. — (August 19, 2021) — HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider, and Kansas City University (KCU), the largest medical school in Missouri, today announced an expanded partnership for the training of tomorrow’s physicians. The partnership will move an already accredited Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program of 16 KCU Graduate Medical Education Consortium (KCU-GME Consortium) residents to Research Medical Center, as well as lay a foundation for expanding the program.  The KCU-GME Consortium will continue to be the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the sponsoring institution which has ultimate authority over the program.  Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health’s family of hospitals serving the Kansas City region.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to further collaborate with KCU for the training of physicians,” says HCA Midwest Health President and CEO Mel Lagarde III. “Our goal is to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare to patients throughout this region.  We firmly believe that an acclaimed teaching hospital, and a highly regarded health system that supports education, motivates everyone to be the best that they can possibly be.  By adding this dynamic, a passionate group of 16 orthopedic residents, and moving the residency program, it not only provides the residents and our physicians a wonderful, collaborative learning opportunity, but helps us provide the very best care experience for our patients.”

“HCA Midwest Health has been a strong educational partner for our third- and fourth-year medical students for many years,” says Kenneth Heiles, DO, KCU Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education. “KCU is pleased to expand that partnership to include a residency program at Research Medical Center. We are confident the new physicians accepted into this program will receive excellent training prior to entry into the practice of orthopedic medicine.”

“Moving the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program to Research Medical Center, which will serve as the primary teaching site, allows the residents to expand their clinical experiences at a Level 1 Trauma Center and gain more exposure to unique cases,” says Kerrie J. Jordan, DHSc, Designated Institutional Official for the KCU-GME Consortium.

With this expanded partnership, Orthopedic and Surgeons, Inc., (OSI) an orthopedic practice comprised of eleven surgeons, will join the medical staff at Research Medical Center, open a new office and clinic on the campus, and provide leadership and oversight of the KCU-GME Consortium accredited Orthopedic Surgery Residency program at the hospital.

“Research Medical Center has a rich history of providing medical training and education, and we are thrilled to move the KCU-GME Consortium Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, while warmly welcoming the expert physicians of OSI to our Research Medical Center family,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ashley McClellan. “Research Medical Center is home to a Level 1 Trauma Center, where these residents will have an opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in the area, while caring for patients of all ages and conditions.”

“What has attracted our second-generation, well-established orthopedic practice to Research Medical Center is the passion for their mission, which matches our unwavering commitment to excellence in innovative orthopedic patient care,” says OSI Practice President Robert Paul, D.O. “With HCA Midwest Health’s long-term commitment to physician education and learning we know that, along with KCU, we can all make a positive impact on patient care and training tomorrow’s physicians, today.”