Lee's Summit Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City's leading healthcare provider — announced today that Gabriel A. Clements, DPT, ATC, has been appointed chief operating officer. Clements assumed his new role at the hospital, a dually accredited Chest Pain and Primary Stroke Center, on August 4, 2020.

Clements joined HCA Midwest Health in 2006 as director of rehabilitation services at Lee's Summit Medical Center where, for six years, he was responsible for financial and operational aspects of rehabilitation and respiratory service lines. During his tenure, Clements established a Sports Medicine Program that performs community outreach clinics and has a specialized team dedicated to providing high-quality care for injured athletes and state-of-the-art preventive care.

In 2012 Clements joined Centerpoint Medical Center as administrative director of respiratory and rehabilitation services and director of rehabilitation, where he developed new service lines, including sports medicine, and fostered relationships. Since 2014 he has served as vice president of operations at Centerpoint Medical Center, playing an instrumental role in the hospital's growth within the Eastern Jackson County community. Among his many accomplishments, Clements assisted in the planning and development of multiple construction projects, including a $69 million, 64-bed hospital expansion that included a 16-bed inpatient rehab facility, Cath lab, operating room redesign and a leading-edge cancer center. He also led physician recruitment efforts for various hospital service lines, including rehab, pulmonology, neuro and vascular, while coordinating efforts to bring new service lines to Centerpoint Medical Center, including inpatient rehabilitation. Clements has also worked collaboratively with HCA Midwest Health leadership to enhance orthopedic services in the Kansas City region.

“Gabe is a highly effective and respected healthcare leader and an accomplished hospital administrator with solid roots in our healthcare system and the Lee's Summit community,” says Lee's Summit Medical Center Chief Executive Officer John McDonald, FACHE. “He has demonstrated years of exceptional leadership and operational excellence and will play a critical role at Lee's Summit Medical Center, helping to reinforce and drive our high-quality, coordinated patient care and experience.”

“It is exciting to return to Lee's Summit Medical Center and be appointed as chief operating officer,” Clements says. “The hospital has a well-established reputation in the community with patients and their families for being innovative and offering high-quality and compassionate healthcare. I have an unwavering commitment for and dedication to the hospital's mission and values of improving human life, above all else. It will also be an honor to work with the staff and my colleagues to build on Lee's Summit Medical Center's strong foundation and culture and to continue to collaborate with the community.”

Clements earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Physiology from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy with an emphasis in Management from the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas. He completed the prestigious HCA Executive Development Program and the HCA Kansas City Market Leadership Academy.

Clements and his wife, Brenda, have lived in the Lee's Summit community since 2016 with their two children. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an advisory board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Eastern Jackson County, has held multiple coaching positions with the Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation/Upward Athletics, and is a local Rotary Club member, among other affiliations.

Lee's Summit Medical Center (LSMC)--part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City's leading healthcare provider--provides 24/7 emergency care, is a certified primary stroke center and earned a level II designation by Missouri's Time Critical Diagnosis System for providing timely, definitive stroke and STEMI care for the best outcomes for survival and recovery. Lee's Summit Medical Center has more than 500 employees and 300 medical staff physicians who cover a variety of specialties, including orthopedics, cardiology, oncology, imaging, surgical care and more. Lee's Summit Medical Center consistently ranks high in-patient satisfaction and was named as one of the nation's top performing hospitals on key quality measures and recognized for the fifth consecutive year for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical patients. Lee's Summit Medical Center was nationally recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's “100 Best Places to Work 2018,” and locally recognized as a “Best Place to Work in Kansas City” by the Kansas City Business Journal. For more information on Lee's Summit Medical Center, visit Lee's Summit Medical Center.

About HCA Midwest Health

HCA Midwest Health is the Kansas City area's leading healthcare provider consisting of seven hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. HCA Midwest Health is also one of the area's largest private sector employers with more than 9,000 employees, the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care, and annually donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. Since April 2003, HCA Midwest Health has invested more than $845 million to enhance and expand patient services and has paid more than $216 million in taxes to local communities. HCA Midwest Health facilities serving the Kansas City area include Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center. Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest Health, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Midwest Physicians currently represents 344 physicians, including 142 primary care providers and 197 specialists with 80 physician practices providing care in 146 locations to serve the community. The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest Health team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas. For more information, visit HCA Midwest