Lee’s Summit Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has appointed Paige Baker, RN, MSN, as Chief Nursing Officer.  Baker, who has served as Research Medical Center Chief Nursing Officer since March 2014, assumes responsibilities today. She will oversee the nursing leadership functions at the acute-care hospital, which is a dually accredited Chest Pain and Primary Stroke Center and offers the community a full spectrum of services, including Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Lee’s Summit Medical Center.

Baker is regarded as a leader with a passion for excellence that places priority on outstanding patient care and development of a collaborative and proactive nursing team.  She has more than 20 years of healthcare management and nursing leadership experience with HCA Midwest Health, which includes Director of Med/Tele at Lee’s Summit Medical Center for three years prior to being tapped as CNO of Research Medical Center in 2014. During her time at Research Medical Center, Baker developed a nursing leadership team to focus on Transformational Leadership attributes, implemented the internationally recognized DAISY Award to celebrate extraordinary nurses and helped lead the hospital to achieve a Leapfrog Grade “A” for patient safety and The Joint Commission Top Performer recognition in 2015 and 2016.  At Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Baker was instrumental in the strategic planning and implementation of the Spine & Joint Center and also helped lead the hospital to be named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission for two consecutive years and to earn a Leapfrog Grade “A” for three consecutive years.

Baker earned her diploma in Nursing from Saint Luke’s School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing —Executive from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Baker graduated from Lone Jack High School in Lone Jack, Missouri, where she and her family continue to reside.

“Paige will continue Lee Summit Medical Center’s tradition of superior nursing leadership,” says Matt Sogard, FACHE, Lee’s Summit Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.  “Her extensive leadership and enthusiasm will ensure the hospital continues to provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients and their families. As a visionary leader, Paige will work closely with our physicians and nursing staff to advance Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

“It’s a thrill to return to Lee’s Summit Medical Center—I’ve always had a love for this hospital and the Lee’s Summit community,” says Baker. “I am honored and humbled to work with Matt Sogard and the Lee’s Summit Medical Center team to advance its patient-centered approach to healthcare and help continue the hospital’s growth and commitment to patient satisfaction and positive patient outcomes.” 

For more information on Lee’s Summit Medical Center, visit leessummitmedicalcenter.com.