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St. Mary’s Medical Center recently welcomed new CEO Ron L. Baker, FACHE, CMPE, former CEO of Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Kansas City. He had a 25-year career in the Saint Luke’s Health System, where he held numerous executive leadership roles. Baker enjoyed top decile performance in patient and employee satisfaction with significant growth on the St. Luke’s East campus. Most recently he served as president of NueHealth, a national surgery management company.

“Ron Baker’s prominent roles in the metro’s healthcare systems have been hallmarked by his commitment to quality, customer service, teamwork and organization,” says Mark Benz, regional CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. “His strategic initiatives to ensure hospital performance and enhance patient experience will be invaluable in leading the team at St. Mary’s Medical Center and serving the Blue Springs surrounding communities.”

Baker earned his master’s degree in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, Mo. after receiving his bachelor’s degree in communications/business at KU in Lawrence, Ks.

He has experience and expertise in customer service, strategic growth, facility development, physician practice management, leadership and cultural development. He is a member of numerous medical, professional and community affiliations, including the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Economic Development, and Blue Springs Educational Foundation.

“I am excited to return to the Blue Springs community,” Baker says. “I look forward to working with the St. Mary’s medical staff, employees and leadership on their ongoing focus on high-quality patient care. St. Mary’s has a great history as being the preferred hospital for residents of Eastern Jackson County and surrounding areas. I look forward to continuing that tradition as CEO.”

Baker adds that he plans to strive for excellence as he focuses on quality and patient safety, physician relations, recruitment and partnerships; employee engagement; revenue cycle management; and strategic growth in key clinical service areas. He currently resides in Overland Park with his wife of 27 years, Kathy, his daughter, Sarah, and his son, Carson.