April 01, 2016
Kansas City, Kan. — The University of Kansas Hospital and KVC Health Systems are entering into a partnership to cooperate on adult psychiatric care in Wyandotte County, effective Friday, April 1.
As a first step, the KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital adult psychiatric beds at 4300 Brenner Drive in Kansas City, Kan. will become part of The University of Kansas Hospital. Its new name will reflect the partnership: The University of Kansas Hospital Adult Services at Prairie Ridge. KVC will continue to manage the adult services and provide ancillary services. Additionally, KVC will continue to provide child and adolescent psychiatric treatment separate from this partnership.
Services at the hospital's adult pschiatry inpatient unit on the main campus will not be changed by today's announcement.
Both entities say they will work together to improve access to short-term mental health inpatient services in Wyandotte County.
"As a national healthcare leader, we are committed to providing the full continuum of care for our patients," said Bob Page, president and CEO of The University of Kansas Hospital. "This is the first step in a longer-term vision for psychiatric services for adults in Wyandotte County."
KVC's hospitals have been a teaching site for the psychiatry department of the University of Kansas Medical Center for ten years.
"We are excited to affiliate with The University of Kansas Hospital," said Jason Hooper, president and CEO of KVC Health Systems. "KVC's expertise in managing and providing inpatient psychiatric treatment combined with the hospital's strong infrastructure and reputation for care will further benefit our patients and communities."
This exciting partnership is a first step in a longer-term vision for psychiatric services for adults in Wyandotte County.