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Nursing Leader Marsha White Named Chief Nursing Officer at Research Medical Center

Marsha White, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, named chief nursing officer (CNO).

Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer—has announced Marsha White, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, as chief nursing officer (CNO). A native of Louisiana, White joins the leadership team of the award-winning, full-service, 490-bed acute care facility that has a medical staff with nearly 400 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers compassionate care and advanced technology for patients. The Breast Center of Research Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons.  In addition, the hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease- Gold; the Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure-Gold Plus; and the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. 

White comes to Research Medical Center as an accomplished nursing executive with more than 35 years of experience in practice and clinical excellence in a myriad of departments, including pediatrics, neonatal and women’s services.  Most recently White served as CNO of a full-service, acute-care hospital in Panama City, Fla., where she was responsible for nursing, medical/surgical, pulmonary, orthopedics/spine, neuro, cardiovascular, critical care, surgical services, OB/GYN, women’s and children’s services, pediatrics, trauma, emergency department and more.  Her oversight included service excellence, quality, performance improvement and patient safety initiatives.  Accomplishments during White’s tenure as CNO included successful re-certifications for The Joint Commission, AMI, Stroke and Bariatric Centers of Excellence; renovation of patient care units, and development of Level III regional NICU, Level II PICU, inpatient acute care rehab and Level II trauma center. 

“We are very fortunate and excited about the leadership Marsha will provide to our organization as we expand the services we provide to the community,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Hicks.  “Her energy and passion for patient care has yielded superb clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.  Marsha’s leadership in this area will help advance Research Medical Center’s philosophy and mission of top-notch patient care.” 

White obtained her bachelor’s of science and master’s of science nursing degrees from Northwestern State University in Shreveport, La.  She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Louisiana State University in Alexandria, La. 

“I believe nursing is a hospital’s signature,” says White. “As a nurse leader, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure the profession of nursing is practiced in an exemplary manner so patients and physicians experience compassionate, competent staff and ultimately, high quality patient care. I look forward to contributing to Research Medical Center’s future by providing the best patient-centered care and services for the surrounding community.  Research is expanding to better meet the needs of patients and families with progressive and innovative programs.  I am excited to be a part of that.” 

M.L. Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System, says White’s wealth of experience and commitment to excellent patient care emulates HCA Midwest Health System’s mission.  “Our hospitals are dedicated to providing every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion, community and integrity are valued,” says Lagarde.  “Marsha will help enhance the already-high level of patient care Research Medical Center offers to the community.”

Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private sector employer—has announced Marsha White, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, as chief nursing officer (CNO). A native of Louisiana, White joins the leadership team of the award-winning, full-service, 490-bed acute care facility that has a medical staff with nearly 400 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers compassionate care and advanced technology for patients. The Breast Center of Research Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons.  In addition, the hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease- Gold; the Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure-Gold Plus; and the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-Gold Plus Performance Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. White comes to Research Medical Center as an accomplished nursing executive with more than 35 years of experience in practice and clinical excellence in a myriad of departments, including pediatrics, neonatal and women’s services.  Most recently White served as CNO of a full-service, acute-care hospital in Panama City, Fla., where she was responsible for nursing, medical/surgical, pulmonary, orthopedics/spine, neuro, cardiovascular, critical care, surgical services, OB/GYN, women’s and children’s services, pediatrics, trauma, emergency department and more.  Her oversight included service excellence, quality, performance improvement and patient safety initiatives.  Accomplishments during White’s tenure as CNO included successful re-certifications for The Joint Commission, AMI, Stroke and Bariatric Centers of Excellence; renovation of patient care units, and development of Level III regional NICU, Level II PICU, inpatient acute care rehab and Level II trauma center. “We are very fortunate and excited about the leadership Marsha will provide to our organization as we expand the services we provide to the community,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Kevin J. Hicks.  “Her energy and passion for patient care has yielded superb clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.  Marsha’s leadership in this area will help advance Research Medical Center’s philosophy and mission of top-notch patient care.” White obtained her bachelor’s of science and master’s of science nursing degrees from Northwestern State University in Shreveport, La.  She earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Louisiana State University in Alexandria, La.  “I believe nursing is a hospital’s signature,” says White. “As a nurse leader, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure the profession of nursing is practiced in an exemplary manner so patients and physicians experience compassionate, competent staff and ultimately, high quality patient care. I look forward to contributing to Research Medical Center’s future by providing the best patient-centered care and services for the surrounding community.  Research is expanding to better meet the needs of patients and families with progressive and innovative programs.  I am excited to be a part of that.” M.L. Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System, says White’s wealth of experience and commitment to excellent patient care emulates HCA Midwest Health System’s mission.  “Our hospitals are dedicated to providing every patient with the highest level of care in an environment where people, compassion, community and integrity are valued,” says Lagarde.  “Marsha will help enhance the already-high level of patient care Research Medical Center offers to the community.”

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