Phil Buttell, JD, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer

Phil Buttell has served as Chief Executive Officer at Menorah Medical Center since June of 2019 with a passion for collaborating with physicians and employees to ensure high-quality healthcare is a fundamental part of our community. Phil utilizes his role at Menorah Medical Center to improve the overall health and well-being of the community with an enthusiasm for maximizing patient experience and quality clinical care. Prior to joining the Menorah Medical Center team, Phil served as the Chief Operating Officer at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri for 10 years where he played an instrumental role in the operations, growth and development of the 285-bed hospital and Level Two Trauma Center. Phil received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rockhurst University, a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Kansas, School of Medicine and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas, School of Law.

Debbie Gafford, Chief Financial Officer

Debbie has been with Menorah Medical Center for more than 20 years in her current role of Chief Financial Officer. She is proud to have witnessed the growth and success of Menorah after the move to the current Overland Park location in 1996. Debbie is graduate of the University of Kansas. She started her career in public accounting before committing to the healthcare field.

Joseph Reuben, MD, MBA, FACEP

Dr. Reuben is the Chief Medical Officer at Menorah Medical Center. In this role he strives to improve clinical quality and efficiency, patient safety and experience, health equity, physician and patient advocacy. He is part of numerous teams that support, collaborate, educate, and inspires physician, nurses, and community to improve health care and enhance lives.

Dr. Reuben is a graduate and holds an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He received his medical degrees from University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Katie Bruels, DNP, RN, Chief Operating Officer

Katie is the Chief Operating Officer at Menorah Medical Center. In this role she has oversight on Plant Operations, Security, hospital operations and multiple services lines including Surgical Services, the Birthing Center, Orthopedics, Oncology and Rehabilitation.

Katie is a highly engaged leader and serves on numerous community boards. She has served as a mentor to participants for HCA’s Executive Development Program and HCA’s Director Development program. Originally she is from North Dakota and has experienced living in Alaska, Nevada, Texas and now Kansas. She obtained her doctorate of nursing practice and organizational leadership from Graceland University.

Angel Monroy, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Angel Monroy is the Chief Nursing Officer at Menorah Medical Center. Angel has been part of Menorah in many different roles since 2010 when he was an Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner rounding on patients and in the operating room assisting in surgery. Since then he has held the positions of Inpatient Director of Nursing and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. Angel returns to Menorah after being the Division Vice President of Nursing Operations. He is passionate about nursing care and helping nurses find their career path. Angel has a Psychology Bachelor's Degree and a Masters of Science in Nursing Degree (Family Nurse Practitioner) both from Graceland University.

Jay Blumhorst, Vice President, Human Resources

Jay Blumhorst is the Vice President of Human Resources at Menorah Medical Center. With more than 20 years in human resources and operations management experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. Jay is passionate about mentoring, consultation, and development of talent initiatives in support of our colleagues.

Jay is originally from Missouri and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri. He is a recent participant in HCA’s Human Resources Leadership Development Program.

Molly Teichman, Vice President, Operations

Molly has enjoyed the hospital and clinical setting since beginning as a patient access clerk over 25 years and serves Menorah currently as the VP of Operations. In her role she is responsible for continuity of care in support of our ancillary services (anything non-nursing) as well as growing our service lines to respond to community need. She also services as the facility Co-Ethics and Compliance Officer.

Board of Trustees

  • Aakash Shah, MD Kansas City Joint Replacement & Sports Medicine
  • Aimee Baird, MD Encompass Medical Group
  • Chris Goode, Ruby Jean's Juicery
  • Chuck Searle, Chairman of the Board VMLY&R
  • Drew Komenda Rx Savings Solutions
  • Gene Meyer Executive in Residence at the University of Kansas Health Services Administration Department
  • Keith Zimmerman, HCA Midwest Health
  • Phil Buttell, Secretary Menorah Medical Center
  • Mary O’Connell Rouse, Frets, White, Goss, Gentile, Rhodes, P.C.
  • Marcia Karbank Community Member
  • Michelle Homan, DO Menorah Pulmonary and Critical Care Consultants
  • Vishal Chandra, MD Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City