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Published on August 23, 2018

NKCH Welcomes New Medical Staff President

Michael W. Farrar, MDMichael W. Farrar, MD, a cardiologist with Meritas Health Cardiology on staff at North Kansas City Hospital, is the hospital’s new medical staff president. He began his one-year term July 1, 2018. He succeeds Steven B. Smith, MD, past president.

Dr. Farrar earned his medical degree with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1979. He completed his internal medicine residency, for which he was a chief resident, and cardiology fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 1983 and 1986, respectively.

A specialist in cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and electrocardiography, he is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Dr. Farrar is responsible for providing leadership to his colleagues and acting as a liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s administration and board of trustees. “Mike’s 30 years of service to North Kansas City Hospital patients exemplifies his unwavering commitment to our mission to provide hope and healing to every life we touch,” said Gary Carter, MD, North Kansas City Hospital chief medical officer. “His vast experience, exceptional ability to foster relationships with colleagues, and tremendous vision make him the perfect fit for this crucial medical staff leadership role.”

Dr. Farrar has served the hospital in various capacities over the years. He currently is chair of the Medical Executive Committee, co-director of the Noninvasive Arterial Vascular Laboratory, chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee, ex officio member of the Board of Trustees, and a member of the Quality Committee. He was medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and director of the Chest Pain Center, Coronary Care Unit and the ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction Program.  He has been chair of the Cardiovascular Subcommittee and a member of the Advanced Practice Professionals, Finance, Medical Advisory, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and Scholarship Fund committees, as well as the Emergency Department and STEMI subcommittees.

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 508 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.

The hospital’s oncology partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center provides patients access to clinical trials only available at the nation’s leading cancer centers.

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 40 advanced practitioners in 36 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.