Published on September 11, 2017

Two North Kansas City Hospital Leaders Among “100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know

Becker's Hospital Review

Becker’s Hospital Review has named North Kansas City Hospital’s Doug Abel, vice president and chief information officer and Todd J. Beardman, MD, chief medical information officer, to its list of “100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know.”

Doug Abel, vice president and chief information officer Doug Abel, vice president
& chief information officer

 “Information technology is integral to our clinical and business functions,” Abel said. “From tracking safety metrics to protecting patient data and reducing hospital costs, IT plays an important role in providing quality healthcare services.”

 “NKCH is committed to the use of information technology to enhance care delivery,” Dr. Beardman explained. “Our medical staff has been tremendous in their willingness to adopt technology that benefits our patients.”


Todd J. Beardman, MD, chief medical information officerTodd J. Beardman, MD, chief
medical information officer

In a statement, Becker’s Hospital Review explained CIOs were selected for their ability to help organizations develop a long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR implementation and support, telehealth, health information exchanges and cybersecurity. Leaders were identified through an editorial process that included reviewing nominations and accomplishments of CIOs across the country.

 “Our goal is to deliver an exceptional patient experience, and we recognize technology as an integral part of that,” Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of NKCH, said. “We are proud that NKCH had two exceptional leaders receive this recognition.”

Abel joined NKCH in January 2017, bringing more than 30 years of experience in healthcare information systems management to the hospital. Dr. Beardman has worked with NKCH for 13 years as a hospitalist. He was instrumental in the hospital’s integration of clinical data into the EMR system. 

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 520 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs and advanced cancer treatment options, including world-class care through a partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with more than 140 physicians and 30 advanced practitioners in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.