Research Medical Center
July 21, 2014

Jackie DeSouza, CEO

Jackie DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer of Research Medical Center (RMC), has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review List of 500 People to Know in American healthcare.  This prestigious list is comprised of physicians, hospital executives, policymakers, advocates and other leaders and recognizes their dedication to improving the healthcare industry for the patients and communities they serve. 

Research Medical Center, a 490-bed, Level 1 Trauma acute care hospital, is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider, and is also one of the area’s largest private sector employers.

Becker’s Hospital Review is the nation’s leading magazine for hospital business news and analysis for healthcare executives.  To be included on the list, Becker seeks out individuals who have influenced and positively shaped healthcare in the United States. High-profile leaders, such as President Barack Obama; Don Berwick, MD, Founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; and other healthcare leaders across the nation are included on the list.

DeSouza made history when she became the first woman and person of color to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of 127-year-old Research Medical Center in January 2014. Regarded as a dynamic and collaborative leader, DeSouza served as CEO of Lee’s Summit Medical Center for two years prior to joining RMC and before that she spent five years at RMC as Chief Operating Officer.

“Jackie’s inclusion on this important list signals her accomplishments in the healthcare industry,” said M.L. Lagarde III, President and Chief Executive Officer of HCA Midwest Health System.  “Her focus on compassionate healthcare and offering high-quality services and resources to patients and their families motivates and inspires those around her.”

“It is an honor and privilege to be included on this list of stellar, accomplished healthcare leaders,” DeSouza said.  “My mission as CEO of one of Kansas City’s largest and most highly-regarded hospitals is to continue elevating our highly-skilled medical staff and dedicated employees in order to provide the best possible care to patients and the community.”

To view the entire 500 People to Know in Healthcare list, visit