Lee’s Summit Medical Center CEO Jackie DeSouza has appointed a Lee’s Summit resident, Patrick Kueny, as the new chief operating officer of the hospital.
Kueny, who replaces former COO Don King, who left for a position at a Nashville, Tenn., hospital recently, will begin his duties at the HCA-owned hospital on Feb. 13.
“I’m so pleased Pat will be joining the Lee’s Summit Medical Center family,” DeSouza said. “Pat’s knowledge of HCA’s operations in the Kansas City area and his roots in Lee’s Summit make him an excellent addition to the leadership team.”
Kueny has served for the past five years as vice president of Midwest Physicians, the employed physician group of the HCA Midwest Health System. During his tenure with Midwest Physicians, he led the organization through tremendous growth and expansion. Midwest Physicians included approximately 90 physicians and mid-level providers representing nine specialties when Kueny took the lead. As he departs for Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Midwest Physicians now includes almost 300 employed physicians representing 25 specialties who care for patients at more than 80 locations across the Kansas City region.
Prior to joining HCA, Kueny earned a master’s degree in public health from Emory University and spent two years with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and eight years with Emory University and Healthcare. He is originally from northern Iowa and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Michele, have two children, Sean and Clara. They have lived in Lee’s Summit for five years.