HCA Midwest Health
January 31, 2014

Lucretia Craig, VP of cardiovascular services

by Linda Friedel | Reprinted courtesy of KC Nursing News

Lucretia J. Craig, RN, has been appointed vice president of cardiovascular services for HCA Midwest Health System. Craig is an accomplished healthcare executive, with expertise in nursing, cardiology, radiology, physician relations, business operations, IT and personnel. Most recently she served as chief nursing officer at a multi-hospital organization in Joplin, Mo. Prior to that Craig was global strategy leader at GE Healthcare in the cardiovascular technology division and chief imaging officer at an Olathe, Kan., hospital.

A caregiver and leader who began her career as a nurse, Craig is passionate about the human spirit, with the commitment of inspiring a team to implement an organization’s mission and values. She is well versed in delivering high-quality patient care services, strategic development, recruitment and retention and in building collaborative, synchronistic relationships.

Craig received her Bachelor of Science-Nursing degree at Southeast Missouri State University and her master’s at Baker University.

“Lucretia will continue to build on the strength of HCA Midwest Health System Cardiovascular Services throughout Kansas City and help grow existing programs, working daily with program and medical directors to ensure quality and accessibility for patients,” says M.L. Lagarde, III, president of HCA Midwest Health System.

“HCA Midwest Health System continues to build upon our strong foundation of cardiovascular services offered to patients across the Kansas City metro,” says Darryl Nelson, MD, chief medical officer of HCA Midwest Health System. “Our hospitals and physicians continue to improve the quality and breadth of those services, and Lucretia’s role will help ensure that.”

“I look forward to working in my new position to assure that HCA Midwest Health System hospitals and patients receive the best cardiovascular services available,” says Craig.