Menorah Medical Center
July 18, 2016

Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has appointed James A. Cheray, M.D., M.M.M., as Chief Medical Officer. Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Cheray has been with Quivira Internal Medicine since 1992 and is on the medical staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center where he has served as Medical Director of Cardiac Rehab and Facility Lead.

Dr. Cheray assumes his new role today, July 18, which includes responsibility for hospital-specific quality initiatives and proactive and collaborative work with the medical and hospital staffs to promote high-quality, cost-effective medical care that is patient focused.

Dr. Cheray succeeds Denise K. Miller, M.D., who has resumed her career as a board-certified Emergency Physician at Menorah Medical Center.

Regarded as an innovative, compassionate problem solver and collaborator, Dr. Cheray helped initiate the Quivira Internal Medicine Inpatient Hospital Care Program at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, designed to strengthen patient satisfaction and improve quality of patient care and safety while reducing the cost of care.

Menorah Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Charles Laird notes Dr. Cheray’s 24 years of clinical experience and exemplary leadership throughout his career. “Dr. Cheray’s breadth and scope of experience will enhance Menorah Medical Center’s reputation of delivering high-quality patient care,” he says.  “He has dedicated decades to adding value to an organization through expertise, strategic vision and collaboration and will be a tremendous asset to not only Menorah Medical Center and HCA Midwest Health, but also the community we serve.”

“It is an honor to be named Chief Medical Officer of one Kansas City’s finest medical institutions,” Dr. Cheray says.  “I have an unwavering commitment to promote high-quality, cost-effective medical care that is patient-focused.”

Menorah Medical Center provides unprecedented cancer care, heart care and women’s care, among other services, and leading-edge technology, close to home for patients and their families.

 Dr. Cheray completed his pre-med and pharmacy studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Internal Medicine Program: Liver and Bone Marrow Transplants in Omaha and earned a Master of Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cheray resides in Overland Park.

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