HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, has named Karen Lee, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, as chief nursing officer (CNO) of Research Belton Hospital. Lee will join the leadership team of the 71-bed acute care facility that is part of HCA Midwest on Nov. 15, 2011. Research Belton Hospital was recently named one of the nation's top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation's leading accreditor of healthcare organizations. The hospital is in the process of an 82,000 square-foot, $39.1 million expansion in response to the sustained growth in Cass County and southern Jackson County.
Lee comes to Research Belton Hospital as a nursing executive with a proven record in leading nursing practices. She has been a CNO since 1998, most recently responsible for nursing practice and clinical excellence strategies at a large two-hospital system with 456 acute care/rehab beds. Her oversight included quality, performance improvement and patient safety initiatives.
“We are very fortunate and excited about the leadership Karen will provide to our organization as we expand the services we provide to the community,” says Research Belton Hospital Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass. “Her energy and passion for patient care has yielded superb clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction in the past. Karen’s leadership in this area will help advance Research Belton’s philosophy and mission of top-notch patient care.”
Lee’s myriad accomplishments include achievement of the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet hospital designation for the two hospitals she led as CNO; certification as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt; recipient of Ingram’s “Heroes in Healthcare” in 2008; and the Innovative Leader Award from the hospital where she served as CNO in 2003. Lee is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Health Care Executives, the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association. She obtained her masters of science in nursing administration degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, her bachelors of science degree in nursing and bachelors of arts degree in management from Webster University, and her diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas.
“I look forward to joining the Research Belton Hospital leadership team and contributing to its future in providing the best patient care and services for the surrounding community,” says Lee. “Research Belton is an organization that is expanding to better meet the needs of patients and families with progressive and innovative programs. I am excited to be a part of that.”
Mel Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System, says Lee’s wealth of experience and commitment to excellent patient care emulates the HCA Midwest mission. “Our hospitals are dedicated to providing every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion, community and integrity are valued,” says Lagarde. “Karen will help enhance what Research Belton Hospital offers to the community.”