August 01, 2018
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Health System announced today it has completed the purchase of Great Bend Regional Hospital and its affiliated clinics, including Central Kansas Family Practice and Heartland Regional. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Great Bend Regional Hospital will become part of The University of Kansas Health System, which includes The University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, HaysMed in Hays, St. Rose Health Center in Great Bend, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital in Larned and The University of Kansas Health System St. Francis Campus in Topeka (in partnership with Ardent Health Services). Great Bend Regional Hospital will be renamed The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus.
HaysMed, St. Rose, Great Bend Regional and Pawnee Valley Community Hospital have historically competed for patients and market share. Now they will be part of one system, with complementary services and providers, not competing but collaborating, focusing together on the needs of the community.
"Our mission is to provide the highest quality care to Kansans. As healthcare across the country evolves, we are taking a new approach in Kansas. Our health system providers in Great Bend, Hays, Larned, Topeka and throughout the Kansas City metro area are keeping care close to home while expanding access to the most advanced treatment options only an academic medical center can provide," said Bob Page, president and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Kansas Health System. "Together, we can ensure people in Great Bend and across the state of Kansas have access to the right level of care, delivered in the most effective way."
The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus will remain a strong employer and healthcare provider for the Great Bend community as a result of this purchase. Great Bend physicians, nurses and staff will be important additions to the health system, with substantially all of the current workforce remaining in place. Patients will continue to receive care from their current doctors and practices. Moving forward, The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus will be led by local management, and The University of Kansas Health System will establish a local board for the hospital and clinics.
On Aug. 7, 2018, The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus will celebrate the integration of the Great Bend hospital and affiliated clinics with physicians, nurses, staff and local community partners. On the same day, St. Rose Health Care, purchased by HaysMed in 2017, will be renamed "The University of Kansas Health System St. Rose Medical Pavilion."
About The University of Kansas Health System
The University of Kansas Health System is the region's premier academic medical center, providing a full range of care. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and their various leading-edge research projects. The constantly growing facility contains 910 licensed beds and serves more than 44,000 inpatients annually. Eight of its medical and surgical specialty areas are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals, including Cancer (No. 25), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (No. 36), Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (No. 34), Geriatrics (No. 18), Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 46), Pulmonology (No. 32) and Urology (No. 17). The cancer program is part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, one of 70 National Cancer Institute-designated centers in the U.S. The hospital has received Magnet nursing designation three times in a row, reflecting the quality of care throughout the hospital, an honor awarded three consecutive times to only 3.7 percent of hospitals nationwide. The hospital also houses the region's only accredited burn center, the area's only nationally accredited Level I Trauma Center and a leading quality transplant program in liver, pancreas, kidney, heart and bone marrow.
The University of Kansas Hospital receives no state appropriations and is financed through operating revenue, bonding authority and philanthropy.