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Growth in Partnership Is Good News for Clay County Big 4 Goals

March 2020

Continued growth in Liberty Hospital's joint effort with the University of Missouri is a positivie direction for one of the EDC's Startegic Plan Big 4.

Steady growth of a collaborative project involving Liberty Hospital and the University of Missouri bodes well for a major goal of the Clay County EDC.

The MU Orthopaedic Surgeons at Liberty Hospital program last fall added two fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons. The Clay County Strategic Plan update announced late in 2019 hopes to use the program as the foundation for a major treatment and research center, one of the Big 4 goals for the next five years.

R. Chris Reams, M.D., and Andrew Taiber, M.D., joined the program late last year as part of the organizations’ joint effort to expand the availability of comprehensive orthopaedic care in the region.

“Dr. Reams and Dr. Taiber use advanced orthopaedic technology and expertise to perform a variety of surgical procedures, and we are grateful to offer their capabilities to patients at Liberty Hospital,” said David Feess, Liberty Hospital President and CEO.

Dr. Reams is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow injuries and trauma. He is the only surgeon in Kansas City who utilizes the advanced technology of ExactechGPS, a precision, preoperative planning tool, for shoulder replacement surgery. He also uses computer-assisted navigation to allow for more accurate and consistent implant placement. Dr. Reams earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of Missouri-Columbia Hospital and Clinics, and completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dr. Taiber is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand and upper extremity injuries and trauma. Dr. Taiber utilizes innovative treatments to provide high-quality care for acute and chronic pain. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at University of Nebraska Medical Center, and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Four other surgeons also are part of the MU Orthopaedic Surgeons group at Liberty Hospital: Santosh George, M.D.; Joshua Niemann, M.D.; Ryan Snyder, M.D.; and Leslie Thomas, M.D.

The Big 4” group of projects seeks to continue Clay County’s successful growth since the first Strategic Plan in 2013. The update focuses on ways to capitalize on regional and national trends impacting business and industry. Besides the university/hospital effort, the goals include expansion of the KC Tech Academy in Liberty, a “587” project for high quality development surrounding I-435 and Highway 152 and creation of another 50 new businesses and 5,000 jobs, doubling growth targeted in 2013.


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