Christopher Blanner, MD, grew up near Lee’s Summit. For years he was a young patient at Family Health Specialists in Lee’s Summit and it was there that he acquired his passion for medicine. Now Dr. Blanner’s life has come full circle—he is a young physician, practicing medicine and treating patients in the very same practice he went to as a youngster. He completed his residency in the summer of 2011 at the University of Missouri – Kansas City at Truman Medical Center Lakewood and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Blanner started working at Family Health Specialists, part of Midwest Physicians, at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—one month later.

The HCA’s Resident/Fellow Stipend Program allowed Dr. Blanner, who was linked with the innovative program during his training and early in his medical career, to return to his community to practice medicine.

“I’m so grateful for HCA’s stipend program. It allowed me to focus my time during my residency and training solely on learning and developing my skills as a physician,” says Dr. Blanner. “ I didn’t have to worry about the financial stress of my residency or what the next steps in my career path would be.

Because Lee’s Summit Medical Center, an award-winning hospital serving the community with advanced technology and expanding services, is part of HCA Midwest, Blanner was able to choose this community as the launching pad for his career in medicine.

“I don’t have the words to express what it means to be serving the community where I was once a young patient,” says Dr. Blanner.

“Dr. Blanner exemplifies Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s core values,” says Lee’s Summit Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza. “He represents exactly what patients want from their physician. He is medically knowledgeable and friendly. This earns him high patient satisfaction marks and our physician’s office is fortunate to have one of its own serving patients.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Blanner, call (816) 751-3000.