HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider, today announced that Shannon Kuczynski, MSN-A, MHSA, RN, NE-BC, has been named Vice President of the HCA Midwest Health Access Center—covering HCA hospitals in Kansas, Missouri, Louisiana and Mississippi. She was also named Vice President of Neurosciences and Orthopedics for Kansas City. Currently Division Director of the HCA Midwest Health Access Center, Kuczynski assumed this new and evolving position earlier this week with responsibilities focused on further evolving the Access Center and to ensure best practices while driving strategic growth, program development and operational improvement for neuroscience and orthopedics at hospitals and practices.
Regarded as an outstanding board-certified nurse, Kuczynski is known as a passionate, collaborative, strategic and effective healthcare professional and servant leader. Throughout her career, which began in 1994 in Clinton, Missouri, where she was charge nurse in the Emergency Room at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Kuczynski has been dedicated to hospital operations, performance improvement, program development, quality and safety initiatives and clinical excellence.
Kuczynski joined HCA Midwest Health in 2015, charged with developing and directing a Division-wide Access Center. The Missouri/Kansas market was launched in March 2016 and Louisiana/Mississippi market quickly followed in May 2016. As Division Director, Kuczynski successfully implemented an innovative auto-accept process that not only drives a positive in-migration but is now adopted as a “best practice” by many divisions as a standard for transfers into HCA. She also developed a positive hospital and provider outreach with the physicians and physician relations teams.
“We have made tremendous progress in the growth and quality of services the HCA Access Center provides to our hospitals, referring physicians and outreach partners,” says HCA Midwest Health President M.L Lagarde III. “Shannon’s expertise, passion for collaboration and her proven track record of success will allow us to provide the very best experience for not only providers within our health system, but ultimately our patients.”
Prior to coming onboard with HCA Midwest Health, Kuczynski served on the adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing Graduate Program at Webster University in St. Louis and worked in Kansas City where she was Corporate Director of Workforce Development for a health system and Magnet Program Director and Manager, Nursing Excellence and Operations at a metro-area hospital.
“I consider it a great honor to work with some of the best neurologists, neurosurgeons and orthopedists in the region to make a positive impact on patient care and develop robust quality-driven programs while driving growth and operational excellence to these service lines,” Kuczynski says. “I look forward to working in partnership with this remarkable team to directly impact the area of healthcare I am most passionate about.”
Kuczynski earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1994. In 2001 Shannon received dual master’s degrees in Nursing Administration and Health Services Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Outcomes and Research from the University of Kansas Schools of Nursing and Medicine, respectively.
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