North Kansas City Hospital has appointed Stephen L. Reintjes, Sr., MD, as president and chief executive officer of the hospital and its physician network subsidiary, Meritas Health. Dr. Reintjes is expected to succeed current president and CEO Peggy Schmitt in early April when she plans to retire.

Dr. Reintjes, a nationally recognized neurosurgeon and executive leader, is a past president of the Kansas City Medical Society and a past board member of the Missouri State Medical Association. A respected and engaged member of the North Kansas City Hospital medical staff for 30 years, Dr. Reintjes has held numerous executive leadership positions at the hospital, including director of spine surgery and medical staff president. In the community, Dr. Reintjes is a board member of BioNexus KC and the Midwest Transplant Network.

North Kansas City Hospital is a longtime partner of the Medical Society and supporter of our charitable care programs, Wy Jo Care and Metro Care, donating hospital services in support of volunteer specialty physician care for uninsured patients.

Said North Kansas City Hospital board of trustees chairperson Rebecca Welbern: “Dr. Reintjes is a proven health care leader at North Kansas City Hospital and across the region’s health care community. He’s been an engaged, trusted physician and colleague for many years. We are confident in his ability to maintain our organizational excellence and unique culture.”

Dr. Reintjes is a graduate of Rockhurst High School, Georgetown University and the University of Kansas School of Medicine, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy and medicine. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the KU School of Medicine.

“I am honored to have been selected as North Kansas City Hospital’s next CEO. It is a privilege to be part of an organization that delivers personalized, high quality health care,” said Dr. Reintjes. “We are an organization led by a purpose – to provide hope and healing to every life we touch. I will do my best to serve our patients and help our employees and physicians fulfill their passion to make a difference.”

Dr. Reintjes practices neurosurgery with his son, Stephen L. Reintjes, Jr., MD.

North Kansas City Hospital has 451 beds and ranks fourth on the Kansas City Business Journal’s list of the area’s largest acute-care general hospitals, with 20,736 admissions in 2018. Its subsidiary Meritas Health offers primary and specialty care in 30 facilities in Platte and Clay counties.

See the hospital news release