Research Belton Hospital announces name changeResearch Belton Hospital, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network – announced today that on April 1, 2012, the hospital change its name to Belton Regional Medical Center.

“Although our name will change, our commitment to providing high-quality health care to the residents of northern Cass and southern Jackson counties remains the same,” says Todd Krass, CEO of Belton Regional Medical Center.

As the hospital continued to grow and expand its services, hospital leadership sought the input of its role within surrounding communities through focus groups and meetings with municipal and civic leaders. These communities include Belton, Raymore, Peculiar and Grandview. One of the main points of discussion in these meetings was whether or not the name of the hospital truly reflected its mission and the communities it serves.

“The new name, Belton Regional Medical Center, better communicates its role as a regional source of health care,” says Krass. “While “Belton” remains part of the facility’s name and specifies its location, the addition of “regional” reflects the addition of more comprehensive services that make it a destination facility and not merely a “jumping-off point” for a higher level of care. The change from “Hospital” to the more comprehensive “Medical Center” also reflects this shift.”

“We are pleased to be a part of the growth and progress of northern Cass County and southern Jackson County,” says Mel Lagarde, President, HCA Midwest Health System. “We want to ensure that Belton Regional Medical Center continues to expand with the communities it serves and becomes the healthcare destination of choice for area residents.”In October 2010, HCA Midwest Health System announced the funding for a $39.1 million expansion and renovation of the hospital and awarded the project to JE Dunn as general contractor. Construction on the project started in late summer 2011. Nicole Smith-Hendricks, hospital VP of Operations, is overseeing the project. “We have completed 60 percent of Phase 1 of the project, which includes our 45,000-square-foot Medical Office Building (MOB) and a new main lobby for the medical center,” says Smith-Hendricks. “The approximately 45,500 square-foot Medical Office Building is three-stories and will be connected to the hospital with a covered walkway. The new MOB lobby will have a large drive-up canopy for the convenience of patients and visitors, providing improved protection from the weather elements. The remainder of the project is at 40 percent completion. We are very pleased with the progress of our construction project, and the very mild winter has been an added advantage. “

When all phases of the project are completed, it will include more than 37,000 square feet of new space, expanding the first floor of the hospital to accommodate a new Emergency Department and lobby. Emergency Department treatment rooms will increase from nine to 15, and Surgical Services would increase from two small operating rooms to three larger surgery suites. More than 43,000 square feet of the first and second floors of the hospital will be renovated, including addition of a cardio/vascular catheterization lab (pending approval of a certificate of need from the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee), an increase of endoscopy rooms from two to three, relocation of pain management, privatization of medical/surgical acute care beds and renovation of support space.

In addition to the construction project, in February of this year, the hospital was designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Emergency Services. With this designation, Belton Regional Medical Center is the only Level III Trauma Center in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. In January, Belton Regional Medical Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its total knee and total hip replacement by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s advanced standards for health care.

Photo (left to right): Todd Krass, CEO, Karen Lee, CNO, Nicole Smith-Hendricks, VP Operations.