Research Medical Center
December 04, 2014

Paige Baker, RN, MSN

Research Medical Center (RMC), part of HCA Midwest Health—Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has appointed Paige Baker, RN, MSN, as Chief Nursing Officer.  Baker, who has been Interim Chief Nursing Officer at Research Medical Center since August, assumes responsibilities of overseeing the nursing leadership functions at the 490-bed, full-service, Level I Trauma acute-care hospital, which is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Baker is a consummate nurse and nursing leader with an innate passion for excellence and has served in various capacities for more than 20 years.  Baker began her career at Research Medical Center where she worked as a staff nurse and nurse manager of the Progressive Care Unit for nine years and was then promoted to Director of Ortho/Neuro and Inpatient Rehab for 11 years. While at Research Medical Center, she led a $6 million renovation project to enhance patient safety, patient satisfaction and workflow. Following that position, Baker moved to Lee’s Summit Medical Center, also part of HCA Midwest Health, as Director Med/Tele where she was instrumental in the strategic planning and implementation of the Spine & Joint Center and improved operational efficiencies and resource utilization by consolidating inpatient units. In March 2014, Baker moved to Research Medical Center as Associate Chief Nursing Officer where she has been a Patient Experience Champion, driving the patient experience and evidence-based practice.

“Paige brings extensive leadership experience and enthusiasm for ensuring Research Medical Center continues to excel at providing quality care and service to our patients and their families,” says Jackie DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer at Research Medical Center. “The Research Medical Center staff and our patients depend on excellence in nursing care.  Paige is a visionary leader who will work closely with our physicians and nursing staff to advance Research Medical Center’s commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

“It is my privilege to once again be a member of Jackie DeSouza’s vibrant team,” says Baker. “I

am honored and humbled to contribute to the patient-centered approach at Research Medical Center, which helps sets itself apart with a culture of clinical excellence, high-quality patient care and interdisciplinary collaboration. I am excited to help continue the hospital’s growth and continued commitment to patient satisfaction and positive patient outcomes with a dedicated nursing team at one of Kansas City’s most respected healthcare leaders.”

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