The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce named Newton Medical Center’s Steve Kelly “Citizen of the Year” at its 92nd Annual Banquet Thursday night. The award is given to a person who has provided extraordinary community service and leadership for the betterment of the community.
“Steve is a great leader, innovator and visionary who leads by example and by encouraging others,” said Vallerie Gleason, NMC Vice President of Physician Services.
Under Kelly’s leadership, Newton Medical Center has undergone seven additions, including the construction of the Medical Office Plaza and Surgery Center. He also added such new services as inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient acute geriatric psychiatry, wound care, outpatient infusion, MRI and PET scanning and daVinci robotic surgery.
Kelly oversaw the implementation of the hospital’s electronic medical records system. During his 12-year tenure, employment has grown from 400 to 600 and annual revenues have more than tripled.
He also drove NMC’s expansion into Sedgwick County with the opening of the Medical Plazas of Park City and Valley Center, with a third primary care clinic slated to open in Sedgwick early in 2013. More recently, he has grown NMC’s family in Newton, adding Advanced Neurology Consultants, Allen Eye Associates, Area Psychiatry Services, Lovelle Plastic Surgery and the Newton Surgical Group. A sixth specialty clinic, Newton Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, will come onboard in October.
He was recently named Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force examining new changes to the State of Kansas’ Medicaid Program. In addition, he is a member of the Kansas Hospital Association’s Board of Directors.