Saint Luke’s East Hospital – 2015 Fast Track Award Recipient

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. (Nov. 20, 2015) — Saint Luke’s East Hospital has been named one of the eight 2015 Fast Track Award winners by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since the creation of the award in 2003, this is only the second time it has been presented to an acute care hospital- the first was in 2014 to Hedrick Medical Center, which is part of Saint Luke’s Health System.

The Missouri Chamber Fast Track Award winners are selected from nominations of companies within seven revenue sectors, with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to more than $1 billion. The winners are those that have experienced the greatest rate of growth in each sector throughout saint lukes east2the past four years. Saint Luke’s East Hospital was selected this year as an example of outstanding growth.

Over the last four years, hospital gross revenues at Saint Luke’s East Hospital have grown nearly 50 percent, reaching near $900 million in 2014.

To meet a growing demand in the community, Saint Luke’s East Hospital has expanded nearly every year since it opened a decade ago. The latest expansion, opening in January, adds 30 new inpatient beds, bringing the total to 201 beds. In addition to growing the physical campus, Saint Luke’s East Hospital has also worked to expand by adding more clinic-based caregivers—doubling the size of its primary care service and adding numerous specialists. Saint Luke’s East Hospital has also expanded its presence by partnering with smaller health facilities in the region.

“The people who work here are what makes Saint Luke’s East Hospital successful,” Ron Baker, CEO said. “Everybody understands their role in the success of this hospital- allowing us to provide the highest quality of care each and every time. We’re honored that the Missouri Chamber has recognized our hard work with the distinguished Fast Track Award.”

Baker was presented with the award on Thursday, Nov. 19 at the Missouri Chamber’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, held at the Intercontinental Kansas City on the Country Club Plaza.

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the largest business association in Missouri. Together, with the Missouri Chamber Federation, the Missouri Chamber represents more than 40,000 employers.

Saint Luke’s East Hospital is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 10 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

Media contact: Kelsey Reid,, 816-502-8546