Kristie Baker, RN, MSN

Lisa J. St. Aubyn, Chief Executive Officer of Research Psychiatric Center, a campus of Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and behavioral healthcare provider—announced today that Kristie Baker, RN, MSN has been appointed as Vice President Operations. Baker assumed her responsibilities in February of the 100-bed acute inpatient, day treatment and community-based outpatient behavioral healthcare facility. For more than 30 years Research Psychiatric Center has been treating adolescents, adults and senior adults for emotional disorders, mental illness and substance abuse.

Baker most recently served as Chief Nursing Officer at Two Rivers Behavioral Health Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where she had oversight for nursing practice and nursing staffing for all departments, including partial day programs and patient acute programs. Some of Baker’s notable accomplishments include being a member of the leadership team to achieve full reaccreditation by The Joint Commission in 2016, successful oversight of multiple Missouri State Hospital surveys building partnerships and Joint Commission Recognition for “Just in Time” training approach for nursing practice error management, among others. Prior to that position, she also served as Nursing Director for Via Christi’s adult acute and sub-acute units, adolescent unit and emergency psychiatric assessment department, Behavioral Health Services program.

Baker received an associate’s degree in nursing from Butler County Community College in Eldorado, Kan. and her Bachelor of Science of Nursing from Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. She earned a Masters Degree in Nursing and Organizational Leadership with Healthcare Focus from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz. 

St. Aubyn notes Baker’s experience in behavioral healthcare and outstanding leadership throughout her career will enhance the hospital’s strong foundation of delivering high quality and compassionate healthcare to patients.

“Kristie consistently illustrates her innate passion for adding value to an organization through strategic vision and a personal, collaborative style,” St. Aubyn says.  “She is a tremendous asset to Research Psychiatric Center as we continue to raise the standards of care to patients and their families, which impacts our commitment to the care and improvement of human life, above all else.”

“It’s an honor to join Kansas City’s behavioral healthcare leader,” Baker says.  “I look forward to working in partnership with the outstanding medical staff at Research Psychiatric Center to provide patient-centered healthcare, while listening to the needs of our patients and their families. The services we offer to both adolescents and adults in the community are unprecedented.

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