Amy Leiker, vice president of marketing and development at Menorah Medical Center, was recently named by KC Business magazine as one of Kansas City’s 30 most Influential Women. The seventh annual program honors outstanding local female civic and business leaders in the creative, entrepreneurial, corporate and nonprofit communities. Since its inception, the Influential Women program has honored nearly 200 women with this prestigious distinction.
Leiker has worked at Menorah Medical Center, a full-service, acute care hospital with more than 600 physicians since 2006. Menorah Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer. During that time the hospital, which celebrated its 80th anniversary of serving Kansas City with compassionate, high-quality healthcare in 2010, has become a leader in providing Johnson County and the community with some of the most advanced treatment options available, including CyberKnife, minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci robotic surgery suite and low-dose CT scans. In addition, Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah is a leader in cancer care in the area and home to The Sarcoma Institute, known to treat more patients with bone and soft tissue tumors than any other center in the region, an award-winning Family Birthing Center and rehabilitation department.
“Each day I come to work with a sense of pride and inspiration knowing what I do behind the scenes supports families and patients when they are at their most vulnerable,” says Leiker. “I was attracted to Menorah because our five-star mission of service, our signature trademark of compassionate care and our partnership with the community are compelling.”
Leiker sits on the board of SAFEHOME, the domestic violence shelter in Johnson County, in addition to participating in myriad breast cancer programs like the PINK Power Ride with Gail’s Harley-Davidson each October at Menorah. Leiker has been instrumental in building the annual PINK Party during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is now attended by hundreds of women and men and helps raise awareness of the importance of early detection through screening.
“A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes in the United States,” says Leiker. “The Breast Center of Menorah demonstrates a firm commitment to offer our patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast diseases with advanced technology and some of the brightest physicians in the area. The outpouring of community support with events such as our Annual October Kick-off Event and the Pink Power Ride in which we partner with Gail’s Harley-Davidson is vital to people involved in the journey of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.”
Steven D. Wilkinson, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, says Leiker exemplifies the dedication that all Menorah employees demonstrate toward their job and their community. “We are fortunate to have employees who deeply care about the patients here and the community we serve and who make an impact,” says Wilkinson. “I am proud of Amy for her recognition as one of Kansas City’s Most Influential Women.”
Leiker and the 2013 Influential Women recipients will be profiled in the March issue of KC Business. In addition, they will be publicly honored at a networking and cocktail reception held Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.