Phil Buttell, Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Operating Officer (COO), has been named as a Kansas City Business Journal 2016 NextGen Leader.  Centerpoint Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.

The innovative NextGen program celebrates honorees’ accomplishments, giving them exposure to the present generation of area leaders and helping them build connections with each other and with future NextGen classes.  Buttell is regarded as a dynamic and results-oriented leader who enhances the compassionate and high-quality patient care tradition of Centerpoint Medical Center, helping the hospital adapt to the ever-changing and complex healthcare landscape. Most recently Buttell has been instrumental in successfully leading Centerpoint Medical Center in the opening of the freestanding Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Centerpoint Medical Center.

As COO, Buttell is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations of Centerpoint Medical Center, a 221-bed, acute care healthcare leader with a Level II Trauma Center and more that serves the residents of Independence, eastern Jackson County and beyond.

Buttell also gives back to the community with his involvement on the executive committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night. Buttell has also served as a board member of the Jackson County Shared Care Clinic and supporter and participant in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Independence, Making Strides and the American Heart Association Heart Walk events. Buttell also serves as lecturer, student mentor and supporter of his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Buttell began his HCA career in 2009 as COO and served as Interim Chief Executive Officer in September-November 2012.  Prior to joining Centerpoint Medical Center, Buttell served as vice president of business development at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

Buttell’s appointment to the 2016 NextGen program comes as no surprise to the Centerpoint Medical Center colleagues who work alongside him.

“Phil is an exemplary leader who personifies the excellence of Centerpoint Medical Center and HCA Midwest Health,” says Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Executive Officer David Williams. Anyone who has worked with him can tell you he is very driven and passionate about work and his community.  That is a key value we identify in our leaders.”

“I am grateful for this public recognition,” Buttell says. “The health and well being of our community is an important goal both professionally and personally.  I enjoy my role in helping shape positive change and view this distinction as encouragement to find further opportunities to impact the lives of others.”

Buttell completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Rockhurst University and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, and a Master of Health Services Administration at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Overland Park, Kansas.

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