Sky Ridge Medical Center welcomed its third CEO on Feb. 26, replacing the longtime administrator of the Lone Tree hospital, Susan Hicks. HealthONE named former Chief Operating Officer Kirk McCarty as …
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Sky Ridge Medical Center welcomed its third CEO on Feb. 26, replacing the longtime administrator of the Lone Tree hospital, Susan Hicks.
HealthONE named former Chief Operating Officer Kirk McCarty as the new CEO of Sky Ridge Medical Center. McCarty replaces the retiring CEO Hicks, who had served with the hospital since its founding in 2003. Hicks began as chief operating officer before being promoted to CEO in 2014.
McCarty thanked Hicks and Maureen Tarrant, Sky Ridge's first CEO, for making the hospital what it is today.
“They really created a legacy and a presence for HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) and Sky Ridge in this area. I think they were great visionaries in starting Sky Ridge in an open field with nothing around it to making it really a pillar in Lone Tree and Douglas County,” McCarty said. “They're huge shoes to fill.”
McCarty joined Sky Ridge in December 2014 as COO. Prior to joining Sky Ridge Medical Center, McCarty was vice president of operations at HCA's Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, a 597-bed, multi-campus facility. McCarty served with Research Medical Center since 2002.
McCarty said he hopes to continue the legacy left by Hicks and Tarrant to maintain Sky Ridge as a community hospital. As population booms in Douglas County and as Lone Tree prepares for development on the east side of RidgeGate — across the highway from Sky Ridge — McCarty said it's vital to be a leader in the community as well as to partner with other local businesses and agencies.
“What's important to our people at Sky Ridge and important to our patients are the relationships we have,” McCarty said. “I see my job as a caretaker of what's already been created and to be a driver of the future.”
McCarty earned his bachelor's of science in nursing from Truman State University in Missouri and master's of science in nursing from Research College of Nursing. McCarty said he believes his background as a nurse will serve him well in understanding the needs of his staff and patients, as it did Hicks, who is also a nurse by trade.
“The thing I notice the most is when I'm talking to clinical folks, I can truly say I've been where they are,” McCarty said. “I've dealt with the challenges of being a nurse in a hospital. I think there are a lot intagibles in how it relates to that.”
McCarty lives in Elizabeth with his wife, who is also a nurse, and three children. When he's not working, he said he's usually plenty busy with his kids' sports.
McCarty said he was particularly proud of the hospital's neuroscience program, thrombectomy-capable stroke center and high marks for its HCA trauma review.
Sylvia Young, president and CEO of HealthONE, the parent health care provider to Sky Ridge, praised McCarty's past success and leadership, welcoming him to the staff, in a Feb. 27 news release.
“As COO, Kirk has achieved many accomplishments, including developing a comprehensive neuro interventional radiology program from conception to achieving thrombectomy-capable certification from The Joint Commission as well as successfully leading the American College of Surgeons Level II Trauma survey in 2018 and 2020 with a perfect score,” Young stated in the release. “With a proven track record of success, Kirk has the overwhelming support from the medical staff and employees of Sky Ridge.”
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