Belton Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—announces a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the hospital’s new Level III Trauma Emergency Department and Surgical Services. The event begins at 2 p.m. with an official ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, followed by an open house. South Metro Fire/EMS will be the color guard to officially open the event, and Belton Fire/EMS will present the flag. Life Flight Eagle will also attend the festivities, which are open to the public. This grand opening marks completion of Phase II of Belton Regional Medical Center’s $39.2 million expansion and renovation project. The hospital’s new medical office building and main entrance opened in July 2012.
Belton Regional Medical Center is the area’s only Level III Trauma Center as designated by the Missouri Department of Health. This designation reflects the hospital’s dedication to provide advanced life-saving emergency and trauma care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To become a Level III Trauma Center, Belton Regional Medical Center met stringent regulations. Additionally, each member of the trauma team—physicians, surgeons and nurses—fulfilled strict education requirements.
In September 2012 Belton Regional Medical Center was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of healthcare organizations and one of only four Kansas City area hospitals to earn the prestigious recognition. The Joint Commission recognized Belton Regional Medical Center for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes shown to improve care for pneumonia and surgical care. This is the second year in a row that Belton Regional Medical Center is being recognized as a Top Performer and is one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row.
In addition, Belton Regional Medical Center received certification by The Joint Commission in February 2012 as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence for total hip and knee replacements.
“Belton Regional Medical Center is greatly enhancing and expanding patient care in Cass and southern Jackson counties,” says Mel Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System. “HCA Midwest is deeply committed to serving the southern part of the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The grand opening of Phase II of the hospital’s expansion, including a Level III Trauma Emergency Department and fully integrated Surgical Services, is a priceless asset to the community. Recognition by The Joint Commission adds to the best evidence-based care provided by Belton Regional Medical Center.”
Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Todd Krass says the grand opening of Phase II of the hospital’s historic expansion is part of an unmatched continuum of care for residents of northern Cass and southern Jackson counties. “This multi-million dollar reinvestment in our hospital comes at a time when tremendous growth in the use of our services has necessitated an expansion to better meet the medical needs of our surrounding communities,” says Krass. “Our cohesive team of some of the Kansas City area’s best physicians and surgeons, combined with advanced technology, allows us to deliver not only excellent and compassionate patient care, but also the best possible outcomes and support for patients during their treatment.”
New construction has expanded the first floor of Belton Regional Medical Center by 37,000 square feet to accommodate the new Level III Trauma Emergency Department and lobby. Emergency Department space will increase from nine to 15 treatment rooms, and Surgical Services will increase from two small operating rooms to three larger digital operating room suites. These suites feature highly integrated booms that extend from the ceiling, allowing surgical equipment, monitors, cameras and lighting to remain at eye level for physicians during surgical procedures. The booms improve workflow and safety during surgical cases by taking cabling and equipment off floors and carts. Physicians and staff can maneuver surgical equipment, control lighting and check images, cameras and monitor screens from a central touch-panel workstation.
“The new operating rooms and equipment at Belton Regional Medical Center are highly advanced,” says Danny Carroll, MD, orthopedic surgeon. “This updated technology and hospital renovations will undoubtedly facilitate a new level of care within Cass and southern Jackson counties— this is something the community should be very proud to have.”