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Lee's Summit Medical Center
Jackie DeSouza last November was named CEO of Lee's Summit (Mo.) Medical Center, owned by Nashville-based HCA. But she's no newcomer to HCA. DeSouza, 37, has been working at the chain since 2000, when she began as an administrative resident at Medical Center of Aurora (Colo.). Most recently, starting in 2006, she was chief operating officer at HCA's Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. Only months on the job at Lee's Summit, she's begun some innovations at the hospital, including the start of town-hall style meetings for employees to share ideas.