Published on May 17, 2017

Jeanne Buckman                                

Excelsior Springs Hospital                                 

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Excelsior Springs Hospital Names New CEO

(Excelsior Springs, May 16, 2017) – The Board of Trustees of Excelsior Springs Hospital announces Kristen DeHart as chief executive officer, effective June 2. DeHart replaces Sally Nance who retired last December after serving as CEO for 26 years.

“We are excited to introduce Kristen to our community,” said Richart Andrew, board chair of ESH, “She is a natural fit for this position. Her leadership, vast healthcare experience and commitment to patient care will further advance our mission of providing quality health care across a continuum of care.”

Since 2015, DeHart has served as CEO of Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park, a partnership between The University of Kansas Hospital and Post Acute Medical. She held previous roles as Division Vice President of rehabilitation services for HCA from 2012-2015 and CEO of HealthSouth’s Mid-America Rehabilitation Hospital from 2003-2012.

“I am honored to be selected to serve the hospital and the people of Excelsior Springs and surrounding communities,” said DeHart. “I look forward to working with the incredible team of medical staff, employees and volunteers to deliver safe, quality health care and an excellent patient experience.”

DeHart has a Master’s of Business Administration from Western Governors University and a Bachelor’s of Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas. She and her husband live in Liberty, MO and have two children.

About Excelsior Springs Hospital

Excelsior Springs Hospital is comprised of a 25 bed critical access hospital, a 60 bed convalescent center, a 20 bed assisted living facility, a 34 unit independent living facility and a Health Express Clinic. ESH offers an around-the-clock physician-staffed emergency room and many specialty clinics including cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, podiatry, rheumatology, ENT, gastroenterology and pain management. The medical staff includes more than 100 physicians and the hospital employs more than 300 people. Celebrating 110 years of service, ESH provides Excelsior Springs and the surrounding communities with quality healthcare close to home. ESH is affiliated with North Kansas City Hospital.