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HCA Midwest will expand three hospitals in the Kansas City area

Centerpoint Medical Center will get new patient floors as part of a large HCA Midwest Health investment in three of its Kansas City area hospitals.
Centerpoint Medical Center will get new patient floors as part of a large HCA Midwest Health investment in three of its Kansas City area hospitals.

HCA Midwest Health announced Wednesday that it is investing $93 million to expand patient care at Research Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

The biggest investment, $59 million, will go to Centerpoint and will include three new floors. The expansions will include the addition of 36 beds used for medical/surgical monitoring, an additional 12 beds in the intensive care unit and a new 16-bed physical medicine and rehabilitation unit.

About $23 million will go to Research Medical Center for expansion of the critical care unit to 42 beds, including 10 new beds dedicated to neurology in the intensive care unit, four beds dedicated to critical burn patients and an expanded inpatient rehabilitation unit. Those funds also will expand Research’s Brookside emergency room.

About $11 million will go to Lee’s Summit Medical Center, which will get a new third floor for medical and surgical care.

M.L. Lagarde III, president of HCA Midwest Health, said the investment “is in addition to the more than $1 billion capital investment we’ve made in this community since 2005.”

The HCA hospital network also includes Overland Park Regional Medical Center, which opened new patient rooms and a new emergency and trauma department in 2014, and Menorah Medical Center, which added a new women’s health center this year.

HCA employs about 9,000 in the Kansas City area, where it owns seven hospitals, plus outpatient centers, clinics, surgery centers and physician practices.

The new capital improvements announcement is unrelated to a long-running lawsuit filed by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City against HCA. That case remains under appeal. In it, the foundation said HCA hadn’t met its capital improvement spending obligations after buying the Kansas City area properties in 2003 from Health Midwest.

Diane Stafford: 816-234-4359, @kcstarstafford

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