KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The University of Kansas Health System announced Wednesday 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, company officials said.
“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, he said. Great Bend physicians, nurses and staff will be important additions to the health system, with substantially all the current workforce remaining in place, Page said. 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 Tuesday, 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.”
To learn more, visit kansashealthsystem.com/onekansashealth.