Ron Baker has been appointed chief executive officer of Allen County Hospital, part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network, effective Jan. 28, 2013. A seasoned hospital executive with more than 15 years of experience in the start-up and operation of rural facilities, including Critical Access Hospitals, Baker will lead Allen County Hospital’s efforts in building and opening the new healthcare facility, slated to open in fall of 2013.
Since 2010, Baker has served as hospital administrator for Satanta District Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Satanta, Kan., with 13 acute-care beds and 44 long-term care beds. While there, he has led the hospital to strong performance improvements, managed the building and organization of a new assisted living service, and implemented systems to better assess the facility’s operational effectiveness. Prior to that, Baker served as hospital administrator for I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs, Mo., leading the start-up of the 15-bed Critical Access Hospital, recruiting physicians and facilitating the opening of two rural health clinics.
Earlier in his career, Baker was hospital and nursing facility administrator at Franklin General Hospital, a rural hospital in Hampton, Iowa, and prior to that, worked with the Great Plains Health Alliance, serving as hospital administrator for the Greensburg and Minneola community facilities. In addition to his experience in hospital administration, Baker has also served as a hospital consultant. Baker received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Kansas, where he also received a master’s in business administration.
“I’m confident Ron will prove to be an asset to both Allen County Hospital and the surrounding community,” says M.L. Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System. “His leadership, experiences, accomplishments and his commitment to healthcare speak for themselves. He is an ideal leader to successfully transition Allen County Hospital to its next phase, including the building completion and opening of the new facility. He is dedicated to furthering HCA Midwest and Allen County Hospital’s commitment to deliver the highest level of care to the residents of the communities it serves.”
“I am very excited to join the excellent team at Allen County Hospital,” adds Baker. “I fully understand the important role a community facility such as our hospital plays in supporting the needs of our residents and communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues and together continually improving the care, services and support we offer.”