Over the last decade, AdventHealth’s Mid-America Region has grown from two hospital campuses, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission in Kansas and AdventHealth Durand in Wisconsin, to include several additional care locations in Kansas, including AdventHealth Lenexa (formerly Prairie Star), AdventHealth South Overland Park, AdventHealth Ottawa and a future campus in Lenexa City Center. With this growth in mind, the following leadership changes allow AdventHealth to solidify its presence in the region.
Huenergardt will continue to lead the Mid-America Region as CEO with Karsten
Randolph continuing to serve as executive vice president and regional chief financial
officer — allowing Huenergardt and Randolph to focus on the development and
expansion of the entire region.
have seen tremendous growth in the AdventHealth Mid-America Region, including in
our physician network and expanding Centra Care presence. I am amazed to see
how Sam, Karsten and their teams have been able to extend our mission and expand
our reach across their markets,” said Randy Haffner, president and CEO for AdventHealth’s Multi-State Division.
With this change, Michael Knecht has been named president
for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, where he will provide executive leadership
and oversight for all aspects of the facility. Knecht currently serves as senior
vice president and chief operating officer for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission. He
previously served as chief experience officer at Loma Linda University Medical
Center - Murrieta located in Riverside County, California.
“I am so grateful to be a part of this community that
continues to experience tremendous growth. I am honored to work alongside our
physicians, team members and community partners to extend Christ’s healing
ministry and deliver whole-person care — every person, every time,” said
Knecht holds a master’s degree in business administration
from the Drucker School of Management as well as a master’s in divinity from
Andrews University. He serves on the boards of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce and
the American Heart Association in Kansas City. He and his wife Nan have five
children, Caleb (13), Evan (16), Halley (16), Alyssa (18) and Alex (22), and
they enjoy spending time together as a family, especially on ski trips.
Dallas Purkeypile has been appointed CEO for
AdventHealth Ottawa. Purkeypile previously served in the role of executive director
of operations for AdventHealth Shawnee Mission and as director of operations at
AdventHealth Lenexa, where he led the successful opening of the freestanding
“Over the years, the Mid-America Region has grown
to meet the increasing health care needs of the communities we serve.
AdventHealth Ottawa plays an important role in extending our mission and I feel
so blessed to play a part in helping to build upon the exceptional
Christ-centered care this region is known for,” said Purkeypile.
has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Union College and a master’s in business
administration from MidAmerica Nazarene University. He also participated in the
inaugural cohort of AdventHealth’s Executive Leadership Program. Purkeypile
serves on the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce executive board and is an active
member of his community, volunteering with organizations like Project Uplift
and City Union Mission.
Purkeypile and his wife, Amber, have two boys, Silas (3) and
Luke (5). In his free time, he enjoys staying active, playing music and
enjoying time with family and friends.
and Dallas are tremendous health care leaders, and I am so excited to have both
of them leading in our region,” said Huenergardt. “They are driven by our
mission and are committed to providing whole-person care as we fulfill our
promise to our community of being a national leader in consumer-focused quality
will transition to his new role on February 16. Purkeypile assumed his role on
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mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth is a
connected system of care for every stage of life and health. More than 80,000
skilled and compassionate caregivers in physician practices, hospitals,
outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and
hospice centers provide individualized, wholistic care. A shared vision, common
values, focus on whole-person health and commitment to making communities
healthier unify the system's 50 hospital campuses and hundreds of care sites in
diverse markets throughout almost a dozen states.
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