Lee’s Summit Medical Center offers award-winning health care, provides jobs and supports community projects.
And it’s growing.
Construction is underway for another floor in a $20 million vertical expansion. A second phase of construction will be a $20 million out-patient building.
The additional floor being built by JE Dunn will include an orthopedics facility and cardiovascular surgery, an expansion of about 40,000 square feet that adds patient beds and room for physical therapy as well, said CEO Matt Sogard.
Lee’s Summit Medical Center was recently named Truly the Best Business of the Year award in the Class of 20 or more employees, by the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce. The Lee’s Summit Journal will profile other winners in future issues.
One of the qualities noted for the award was an employee committee of peers interview prospective hires to see if they’ll fit the hospital’s values and culture. It’s another layer beyond the normal human resources process, which helps the hospital maintain its staff’s dedication to service for its patients and their families, Sogard said.
Also in late May the hospital was named to Modern Healthcare magazines Best Place to Work in Healthcare which listed 150 facilities across the nation. It was the second time Lee’s Summit Medical Center made the list.
“We’ve got an incredibly positive family atmosphere at our hospital,” said CEO Matt Sogard. “We’ve got an amazing group of people here, so dedicated that they care for their patients like they’d care for their families.
“Our patients are at the front of everything we do.”
In 2016 the hospital also was named a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for treatment of heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care for the 5th consecutive year. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
Lee’s Summit Medical Center expects to have 617 employees this year and its owner, HCA Midwest Health, has more than 1,800 employees who make Lee’s Summit home.
Sogard said that charitable contributions and volunteering is another aspect important to the hospital’s culture top to bottom. For example, volunteers staff first aid stations at Downtown Days, or are volunteers at dozens of other civic organizations.
In 2016 the hospital contributed more than $33,000 to civic organizations, including the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, Lee’s Summit Parks and Recreation, Lee’s Summit CARES, The Summit Theatre Group, the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce.
Employee volunteer programs included an annual backpack drive for Hope House, pet supply drive for Wayside Waifs, shoe and clothing drives, and others.
According to the hospital, economic impact for 2016 included $4 million in taxes to support schools and local services like fire and police departments. It provided $4 million in health care for people unable to pay for their treatment.
Rick McDowell, president of the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council, said Lee’s Summit has identified health care as one of its growth areas.
McDowell said Lee’s Summit issued new permits totaling 855,039 square feet for health care related projects in 2016. The construction means an investment of about is $47.2 million, he said.
And Lee’s Summit medical/hospital companies employ 4,165 health care workers, he said.
“The health care industry is a major contributor to our economy here,” McDowell said. “When you look at the type of jobs in health care, it’s the kind of (workers) we’re looking for: well-educated people.”