President, Chairman and Co-Founder, Dr. Greg Duick, CFO Steve Smith and COO Joyce Heismeyer Announce Their Departures From Kansas Heart Hospital

President, Chairman and Co-Founder, Dr. Greg Duick, CFO Steve Smith and COO Joyce Heismeyer Announce Their Departures From Kansas Heart Hospital

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Gregory Duick, MD

On Monday, August 10th, 2020, Dr. Duick announced to the Board of Kansas Heart Hospital (“KHH”) that he would be retiring from the hospital “no later than October 16th, 2020” and that COO Joyce Heismeyer would be retiring on September 7th, 2020. During his announcement Dr. Duick thanked the Board of KHH and, specifically, the staff of KHH. “KHH would not be what it is without the outstanding nurses, clinical staff and clerical support staff. I am most appreciative of their dedication and efforts over the past twenty-one years. I may have been their “boss” but it seemed they were more like family. Specifically, our managers made my job “easy.” They are leaders, counselors, psychologists and friends and, above all, compassionate and consummate professionals.”

Joyce Heismeyer

 
In her comments, COO Joyce Heismeyer mentioned that she “thoroughly enjoyed my position as Chief Operating Officer but it was time for me to take my life in a different direction and retire from KHH.” She further stated that “the culture, staff and physicians at KHH are the best anywhere. Thank you for the opportunity to work at KHH the past 9 years.”

Steve Smith

CFO Steve Smith joined KHH in August, 1998 and reported he was leaving KHH on September 7th, 2020. He remarked, “After careful consideration I believe now is the time for me to take on a new opportunity.” He reflected on his twenty-two year tenure at KHH and expressed his deepest appreciation to the physicians, managers, nurses and staff at KHH. He also highlighted that these same people made “KHH not only a nationally recognized, Medicare five-star hospital for patient quality and satisfaction but also a regional referral center for cardiovascular, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgical care.”

Dr. Duick stated Steve Smith, Joyce Heismeyer and he were a special team. They were a team that embraced the mission and values of KHH, appreciated the physicians, nurses and staff of KHH and understood the significance and meaning of the KHH culture. He further commented, “We came as a team, we worked as a team and now we are leaving as team.” All three executives stated they were committed to ensuring a smooth transition to the “next team.” Current CEO Dr. Tom Ashcom was appointed to serve as acting chairman of the KHH board.