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Keith Zimmerman Named President of HCA Healthcare’s MidAmerica Division

Keith Zimmerman Named President of HCA Healthcare’s MidAmerica Division (Photo: Business Wire)

Keith Zimmerman Named President of HCA Healthcare’s MidAmerica Division (Photo: Business Wire)

As president of the MidAmerica division, Zimmerman will have responsibility for seven hospitals and numerous other care sites serving the greater Kansas City area. Zimmerman replaces Mel Lagarde, who is retiring after a 40-year career with HCA Healthcare.

“Keith has a strong track record of physician collaboration and a laser focus on clinical quality,” said Jon Foster, US Group President of HCA Healthcare. “His past experience and proven leadership qualities will stand him in good stead in his new role.”

A 31-year veteran of the healthcare industry, Zimmerman has served as CEO of Medical City Arlington since 2017. Under his leadership, Medical City Arlington achieved national recognition for patient safety, earning five consecutive “A” grades from Leapfrog Group.

Prior to that, Zimmerman was CEO of Medical City Children’s Hospital after leading business development efforts for Medical City Dallas Hospital and Medical City Children’s. Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, Zimmerman held leadership positions in operations and business development for several regional and national healthcare providers.

Zimmerman holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and an MBA from Regis University.

Lagarde has served as President of HCA Healthcare’s MidAmerica Division since 2011. Previously, he was President of HCA Healthcare’s Delta and Louisiana Divisions based in New Orleans since 1995. After serving as CEO of several HCA Healthcare hospitals in Texas, Virginia and in Georgia, Lagarde became COO of the company’s Houston-based Gulf Coast division, where he served from 1994 to 1995. He joined HCA Healthcare as an assistant administrator and administrative resident at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, in Georgia in 1982.

“Mel has been an outstanding leader for HCA Healthcare for many years. We appreciate not only his many contributions to the success of our business, but also the optimism he exuded on a daily basis,” said Foster. “His energy and enthusiasm will be missed, and we wish him all the best in this new chapter.”

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