Kissimmee, FL - Stephen L. Stoops, M.D., has been named Chief Medical Officer of Osceola Regional Medical Center.

For the past six years, Dr. Stoops served as Chief Medical Officer at Carondelet Health in Kansas City, Missouri. Carondelet is an integrated healthcare system that includes two acute care hospitals (the 310-bed St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City and the 146-bed St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs, MO), as well as a heart institute, home care and long term care.

He began his career in Kansas City as a staff anesthesiologist at Westport Anesthesia Services, followed by managing partner at SJS Medical Management. Dr. Stoops later served as CEO/president of Anesthesia Services of Blue Springs and Anesthesia Services of Eastern Jackson County (both in Missouri) before joining Carondelet Health.

Dr. Stoops received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center. His residencies followed at the University of Oklahoma Teaching Hospital and the University of Washington Teaching Hospitals. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

"We are pleased to welcome Stephen to our hospital family," said Robert Krieger, CEO at Osceola Regional Medical Center. "He brings 24 years of clinical experience and medical leadership to our center. As our new CMO, he will ensure that Osceola Regional continues to excel at providing quality care and service to our patients and their families."