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How a failing hospital was turned around to become a nationally recognized leader

by Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | August 20, 2021
From the August 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

The other challenge is, quite frankly, the state of the healthcare delivery system in the state of Kansas. We have more critical access hospitals than any other state in the country. If you look at the economics of our delivery system in Kansas, hospitals are struggling. As the only academic medical center in the state, we’re committed to improving the health of Kansans and we feel a significant responsibility to look at the delivery system and how we can partner. In our book, we refer to our care collaborative, which started with a $12.5 million challenge grant from CMS seven years ago. It lasted for about three years and we continued to fund it afterwards. It was really intended to show how we could partner with providers in the center part of the state to improve the health of folks who had heart attacks and strokes. We’ve now expanded to behavioral health, heart failure, and sepsis to name a few. We’re doing it on our own dime. We’ve grown from 13 partners to 76 partners in 65 of the 105 counties. It’s been a way for us to stay connected to these providers. We’re looking very creatively to offer our expertise in partnership with local expertise to try to keep care local as much as it can be, but to bring it here to Kansas City when we can be the source for that higher level of care.

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