Hays Medical Center, KU Health System to operate independently

After a four-year long collaboration that began in 2016, Hays Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System announced they have mutually decided to end their affiliation. Hays will keep its own leadership and staff; the transition will take several months to complete.

KU Health System and Hays Medical Center decided to pull back from an affiliation deal and operate independently, according to a Hays Post report.

The affiliation is four years long, going back to 2016. Hays kept their own boards, leadership and staff, although they consolidated financial statements.

Hays reported 20,736 patient days and 5,291 discharges in fiscal 2020, according to financial statements filed by the KU Health System.

The hospital also reported fewer outpatient surgery/procedures and emergency visits than either in 2019 or 2018.

In addition to its Kansas City metro-area facilities, The KU Health System includes campuses in Topeka and Great Bend.