By Jim Moore
After several years of exploring and successfully executing collaboration opportunities, The University of Kansas Hospital and Hays Medical Center, in joint statements today, announced a letter of intent to create a new partnership. The new alliance is intended to expand and strengthen patient care throughout Kansas.
Bob Page, President and CEO of The University of Kansas Hospital, says, “This partnership will be focused on improving the health of Kansans,” adding, “The University of Kansas Hospital has a responsibility to the entire state, just as Hays Medical Center has been a leader in providing quality care to western Kansas.”
John Jeter, MD, CEO of Hays Medical Center, a provider of many unique services to western Kansas, is enthusiastic about what this partnership means for patients in in his region, “By partnering with The University of Kansas Hospital, the state’s only academic hospital, I believe we will see leading edge medical developments come to our patients more quickly.”
The two organizations will work through details this fall, planning on implementation early next year. Leadership of the two institutions will remain in place, with The University of Kansas Hospital providing two members to the Hays Medical Center board.