Bret Kolman, a former leader of the Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, has been the named the new chief executive officer of Independence's Centerpoint Medical Center.

HCA Midwest Health announced Thursday it had selected Kolman to replace David Williams, who retired in March after six years leading Centerpoint and 35 years in health care. Kolman has spent the last five years as CEO of Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana, a 172-bed community hospital on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain that obtained Level III trauma designation, one of just six hospitals in the state to become trauma-accredited. In 2017 it became a campus of the Tulane Medical Center.

M.L. Lagarde, HCA Midwest Health's president, said Kolman has evolved as a “true servant-leader” who is respected by his team and the community.

“Having Bret come back to this area, where his roots are so strong, and having his skills, insight and passion for delivering high-quality healthcare to patients and their families is a priceless asset,” Lagarde said in a release.

Kolman graduated from Kansas State University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting, and in 1999 he received his master’s in health-care administration from the University of Minnesota. After starting as an auditor with an accounting firm in Kansas City, Kolman became a financial analyst for HCA Midwest Health in 1992.

In 1995 he became chief financial officer of Lafayette Regional Health Center in Lexington, a position he held until 2008. In 2003 he was also appointed CEO of Lafayette Regional. The took over leadership of Lakeview Regional in 2013.

“It's exciting to return to Kansas City and a pleasure to serve as CEO,” Kolman said in a release. “To have the opportunity to work alongside a passionate team of physicians, nurses and employees who are dedicated to providing patients and their families the highest quality of compassionate healthcare is an honor.

“This is an exciting time for Centerpoint Medical Center and its growth, allowing us to provide an even higher level of care, technology and services.”

Centerpoint, which opened in 2007 as HCA closed two other hospitals in Independence, is a 243-bed, acute-care hospital with a Level II trauma center and is in the midst of a $60 million expansion project. The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center opened on its campus in 2016.