Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center Partner With Heartland Soccer Association

Aug 5, 2013News

Johnson County healthcare leaders partner with region’s largest youth soccer organization to build healthier communities and provide resources for parents, coaches and athletes

Overland Park, KS – When Heartland Soccer Association (HSA), the region’s largest nonprofit youth soccer organization, went looking for an exclusive healthcare partner to improve the health and wellness of its 1,000 teams, 15,000 youth players, 2000 coaches and 800 referees each season it didn’t have to go far. Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, leaders in Johnson County healthcare, were a natural fit to join forces with HSA, which is headquartered in Overland Park.

The sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers and orthopedic specialists of Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Midwest Physicians—also part of HCA Midwest Health System—help keep thousands of active kids and adults healthy in Johnson County. With the expertise of a strong physician network and award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and high-quality, compassionate care, Menorah, Overland Park Regional and Midwest Physicians make the partnership with HSA a win-win for parents, coaches, athletes and the medical professionals who will attend tournaments and league play throughout the year. The hospitals and its physicians will provide information on safe play through education and other programs, including a comprehensive Concussion Management Program dedicated to improving the understanding and proper management of concussion through community education, outreach treatment, and ImPACT pre and post-injury testing.

Menorah Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private sector employer—are committed to the community’s health and well-being. “We consider our partnership with Heartland Soccer Association and its young athletes, coaches and teams a privilege and the right thing to do,” says Steve Wilkinson, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Menorah Medical Center. “This partnership perfectly aligns with our mission of providing high-quality healthcare to the community.”

Damond Boatwright, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Overland Park Medical Center, notes the education component of the partnership as a benefit to anyone who has a child playing soccer, coaches working with the athletes and the athletes themselves. “Concussion management is part of the national conversation and as a leader in concussion management we’re pleased to be at the forefront in the Kansas City area of educating parents, coaches and athletes about safe play on and off the field,” he says. “In addition, as part of our physician network, we have College Park Family Care Center, the largest physician practice in the Kansas City area.”

“As the largest physician network in the region, we are proud to be an active part of this vibrant organization that touches so many kids and their families in the community,” says Loren Meyer, MD, President of Midwest Physicians. “We look forward to serving HSA and its family this season and in the future. It’s a vital link to our relationship with the community.”

“Heartland Soccer Association’s partnership with Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Midwest Physicians demonstrates our commitment to providing safe, healthy and fun activities for kids and adults in the area,” says Shane Hackett, Executive Director, HSA. “We are known for our level of excellence, and to work side-by-side with the leaders in healthcare on our home turf is tremendous.”

About Menorah Medical Center

Menorah Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital located on the corner of 119th and Nall in Overland Park. The hospital serves the community’s healthcare needs by providing compassionate care and some of the most advanced treatment options available in the Kansas City area. Menorah has a medical staff with more than 600 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers exceptional experiences and extraordinary medicine for adults, newborns, children and teens. The Menorah culture of excellence fuels a commitment to meet and exceed the highest medical standards and to continually search for new and better ways to care for patients. Menorah Medical Center was the first hospital in Johnson County to be dual certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Certified Stroke Care Center by The Joint Commission. In addition, The Commission on Cancer accredits Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah Medical Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. The Breast Center at Menorah is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Menorah Urgent Care, located west of 69 Highway and 151st Street in Overland Park, is a physician-staffed full-service, walk-in healthcare center with a full medical team that offers on-the-spot treatment for everyday illness and injury to all ages. For more information on Menorah Medical Center and its services, visit

About Overland Park Regional Medical Center

Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, is a licensed 350-bed facility offering acute and outpatient medical care services, including a Regional Trauma Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Women’s Center, a Level IIIB NICU, the Human Motion Institute, advanced diagnostic imaging, a Diabetes Center and many other services. Overland Park Regional Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. Overland Park Regional Medical Center has received the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Breast Center of Overland Park Regional Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. In addition, the HCA Midwest Neonatal Transport Team, serving Kansas City and outlying areas, is headquartered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. In fall 2012 OPRMC broke ground on a historic $110 million expansion for a new patient tower, Emergency Department and Trauma Center. For more information on Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit

About HCA Midwest Health System

HCA Midwest Health System is the Kansas City area’s largest healthcare provider, consisting of 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. HCA Midwest Health System is also the area’s largest private sector employer with more than 9,000 employees, the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care, and annually donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. Since April 2003, HCA Midwest Health System has invested more than $845 million to enhance and expand patient services and has paid more than $216 million in taxes to local communities. HCA Midwest Health System facilities serving the Kansas City area include Allen County Regional Hospital, Belton Regional Medical Center, Cass Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center. The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest Health System team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas. For more information, visit

About Heartland Soccer Association

Heartland Soccer Association is the region’s largest youth soccer league with over 1,000 teams, 15,000 players, 2,000 coaches and 800 referees. Heartland Soccer Association was formed in 1977 as the Johnson County Soccer League and has grown from an initial 600 players to its current size. Today Heartland Soccer Association is a nonprofit and educational youth soccer association. Although the base for Heartland Soccer is still Johnson County, it now draws teams to play in the league from throughout the metro area. The Heartland tournaments draw teams from as many as a dozen states every year. For more information, visit