HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider, has announced that David Williams, FACHE, chief executive officer of Centerpoint Medical Center, will retire effective May 1, 2018.  Williams’ career in healthcare has spanned more than three decades, with most of that time spent at HCA Healthcare.

During his 35-year career, including six with Centerpoint Medical Center, Williams has played a significant role in shaping healthcare in the communities he has served. Williams’ career began in 1984, where he served as an assistant administrator for Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 1987, his career with HCA began as the chief operating officer for Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From there, Williams was appointed chief executive officer for Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Virginia, 1996; Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Hudson Florida, 2001; Henrico Doctors Hospital, Richmond, Virginia, 2005; Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, 2008, and Centerpoint Medical Center, 2012.

Throughout his tenure, Williams has been guided by one singular vision: to compassionately provide the best care for patients. To that end, his focus at Centerpoint Medical Center remained on building services, recruiting physicians and staff engagement so that patients and their families could stay close to home to receive the high-quality healthcare that they deserve.

“It has truly been a remarkable experience to be a part of this HCA family, and to be involved in Centerpoint’s transformation,” Williams says. “I’m very proud of the work the Centerpoint team has done, and continues to do, to ensure that people in our region have access to choose top-notch, compassionate healthcare close to home.”

Centerpoint Medical Center’s growth and impact on the community under Williams’ leadership include:

  • Development of the $20M Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, which opened in 2016 and provides comprehensive, fully-integrated oncology care in one location.
  • Gaining approval and the development of the current $60M expansion project that includes:
  • Three news floors, two of which will be fully developed, providing additional bed capacity;
  • Expansion of monitored medical/surgical beds by 36 beds;
  • 12 new ICU beds;
  • A new 16-bed physical medicine inpatient rehabilitation unit, providing continuity of care for trauma, stroke and other patients who have suffered a significant injury;
  • A redesigned Emergency Room, including the development of a new service, Rapid ER Care, a process within the Emergency Room improving wait times for patients with non-life-threatening illnesses; and
  • An additional shelled-in floor to allow for further growth. 

While at Centerpoint, Williams’ leadership has helped the hospital to achieve tremendous growth, consistently high staff engagement and high physician satisfaction. Additionally, he has sought to build important relationships with other hospitals and businesses in the region, resulting in a stronger network of regional healthcare.

Williams has long-been passionate about making communities stronger and has served on numerous boards, including the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Truman Library Institute, Independence Economic Development Council, The Rotary Club of Independence and Truman Heartland Foundation.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dave for more than 10 years during his remarkable career at HCA,” says M.L. Lagarde III, president, HCA Midwest Health.  “What I’ve found most impressive is his innate ability to form meaningful and lasting partnerships with employees and physicians, resulting in a high-quality healthcare experience for patients. While it is difficult to say farewell, I know he is looking forward to spending more time with his family—Beth, his wife of 34 years, his children Michael and Claire and their families, and his parents.”

An active search for Williams’ replacement will begin immediately.