Blue Valley Hospital
In 2006, Weight Loss Healthcare Centers of America opened a specialty ambulatory surgical center in Overland Park, Kansas to help address the obesity problem in the Midwest. The company became a regional leader in laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgery and began exploring new ways to provide more services to its patients. In order to expand services and serve more people in the community, the company opened Blue Valley Hospital in 2010.
Since its opening, Blue Valley Hospital has added additional weight loss procedures, general surgery, pain management and other specialties to better serve the needs of the community. Today, as we continue to grow, we focus on minimally invasive treatment options that allow patients to recover quickly and get more of life. Blue Valley Hospital is proudly accredited by HFAP, the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
Blue Valley Surgical Associates
As we expand our service offerings it is important that our brand reflects our comprehensive treatment approach. We have been a leader in bariatric surgery for more than a decade and are now proud to offer additional specialty treatment options to meet the needs of our patients. Available services include pain management, orthopedics, spine specialists, podiatry, general surgery and more. BVSA has multiple convenient locations in Overland Park, Kansas City, Independence, Columbia, Springfield and St. Louis to provide you with care close to your home before and after your surgery.
To provide the best surgical and postoperative care that is focused on patient success and satisfaction.
To be the leader in selected surgical and ancillary procedures and to double our capability every three years.
Chief Executive Officer & Owner
Doug Palzer is the sole owner of Blue Valley Hospital and Blue Valley Surgical Associates. He has served as CEO since inception in 2006. Prior to forming the company, Mr. Palzer served an extensive career in the Army in many different roles. Through his time in the service, he gained knowledge in the financial and medical fields where he was responsible for large budgets as well as running healthcare divisions.
Craig Storck, DC, CCSP
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Craig Storck, COO has been at the forefront of leading change and expansion for Blue Valley Hospital (BVH) with tremendous success since October 2014. He’s a pioneering medical business leader who launched and operated successful multi-site healthcare organizations and initiatives, including multidisciplinary healthcare centers, mobile healthcare units, hyperbaric medicine and wound care programs. Dr. Storck’s broad cross-functional leadership experience across all core of business functions has allowed him to successfully turn around underperforming organizations to rapidly achieve profitability and success.
Dr. Storck is a 1993 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, a board certified chiropractic sports physician, 1997 KCA Young Doctor of the Year and is one of the first chiropractors to obtain hospital privileges in the Midwest to perform Manipulation Under Anesthesia. He has served on the Medical Advisory Board for the International MUA Academy of Physicians, Secretary for Weight Loss Surgical Centers of America’s Medical Staff Committee as well as holding numerous prestigious titles with other healthcare organizations.
Dr. Storck is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives with plans to achieve his fellowship within 3 years.
Lee Nigro, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Lee Nigro currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Blue Valley Hospital and Blue Valley Surgical Associates. He brings a wealth of experience from practicing medicine in the Kansas City area for more than thirty years.
Dr. Nigro completed surgery residency at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City and Mayo Clinic affiliated hospitals in Rochester, MN. He also currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Department of Trauma at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Anthony LaSalle, DDS
Director of Pain Management
Dr. Anthony LaSalle has been one of the most prestigious pain management practitioners and anesthesiologists in the Kansas City area for nearly 40 years. Dr. LaSalle is board certified by the National Board of Anesthesiology, and has served as Chief of Anesthesia at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Medical Staff President at Cushing Memorial Hospital, and as a member of the Medical Executive Committee at the Overland Park Surgery Center.
Dr. LaSalle holds extensive experience and expertise in all areas of pain management. He has been on the forefront of many groundbreaking pain management procedures in the specialty and is one of Kansas City’s leading practitioners for spinal cord stimulation and peripheral neurostimulation.