Research Medical Center
January 30, 2017

Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announced today that Olevia M. Pitts, M.D., SFHM, has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer. Pitts will assume her responsibilities of the 590-bed acute care hospital on Jan. 30, 2017, including hospital-specific quality initiatives, clinical strategies and physician engagement efforts as well as quality and safety delivery initiatives in collaboration with hospital leaders.  Pitts will work proactively with the medical and hospital staffs to promote high quality, cost-effective healthcare for patients and their families. She replaces James S. Bower, M.D., who has served as Research Medical Center Chief Medical Officer since 2012.

In Research Medical Center’s 131-year history, Pitts is also the first person of color and woman to hold the position of Chief Medical Officer.

Pitts, a board certified internal medicine physician, has more than 20 years of experience as a physician leader. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President for the Kansas City and Wichita region for IPC -The Hospitalist Company/TeamHealth  and Medical Director for Kindred Transitional Care Hospital (long-term acute care) in Kansas City and Encompass Hospice in Lee’s Summit.  Prior to those positions Pitts served as Lead Physician Hospitalist with Midwest Hospitalist Specialists, PA, in Overland Park. Her career experience includes leading and developing physicians and support staff, implementing initiatives to improve patient care and serving on executive leadership committees, among others. 

Pitts received her medical degree and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she completed a combined six-year program. She did an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Consortium for Health Education in Kansas City and a Fellowship in Hospital Medicine Leadership at the University of California-San Francisco. Pitts was the Past Chair of the National Post-Acute Task Force and was recognized as one of 10 Top Docs by the American College of Physicians. 

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DeSouza-Van Blaricum notes Pitts’ decades of experience in healthcare and outstanding leadership throughout her career will enhance the hospital’s strong foundation of delivering high quality and compassionate healthcare to patients.

“Dr. Pitts’ acclaimed career illustrates her innate passion for adding value to an organization through expertise, strategic vision and a collaborative style,” DeSouza-Van Blaricum says.  “She will be a tremendous asset to Research Medical Center as we continue to raise the standards of care within the organization, which impacts our commitment to the care and improvement of human life, above all else.”

“It is a distinct honor to be named Chief Medical Officer of one Kansas City’s finest medical institutions,” Pitts says.  “I look forward to working in partnership with the extraordinary medical staff at Research Medical Center to provide patient-centered healthcare, while listening to the needs of our patients and their families. The quality and breadth of services, including cancer care, heart care, and women’s care, among others, and the leading-edge technology and trauma services we offer to the community is unprecedented.”

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