Last September, Saint Luke’s Health System welcomed Dr. Melinda Estes as its new president and CEO. Dr. Estes was previously president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT and brings with her to Kansas City extensive experience leading hospital systems, a strong academic and research background, and the personal and professional experience of having been a physician herself, practicing neurology and neuropathology. Estes sits down with Nick Haines to talk about discovering Kansas City’s many assets, leading Saint Luke’s 11-hospital system, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City’s recent expansion, and the new state-of-the-art facility for St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. The new expansion and Mid America Heart Institute, designed with the patient in mind, celebrated its grand opening in mid-October and debuted such amenities as more comfortable patient rooms, a rooftop garden, a larger and improved dining area featuring menu items from popular Kansas City restaurants and electronic kiosks throughout the hospital that provide information and directions to visitors. Estes also discusses St. Luke’s long-standing connection with the Kansas City community and the need to provide high quality care in order to be successful.