“We’re proud of what we have achieved as an independent health system over the past 70 years, and we are excited about joining a health system that complements our expertise and brings additional resources to better position our community for a brighter future,” said Holm “As one health system, we will be able to enhance access through even more care options close to home.”
“As the region’s only academic health system and destination for complex care, we are committed to offering patients a seamless health-care experience,” said Page. “This is an exciting day for our health system, and for Kansas City.”
This agreement, approved by the boards of each system, doesn’t make the union a done deal; there will be a period of due diligence, where both organizations will spend time completing the details of a final agreement, KU Health officials said in a release announcing the pact.
But among the broad brushstrokes of the deal will be significant investments in current Olathe services, facilities, infrastructure and technology; retention of Olathe Health’s 2,300 associates, including the senior leadership team; extension of highly specialized care to the OH service area; support for Olathe Medical Center’s goal to achieve Magnet Designation for nursing excellence; and pursuing enhanced physician and provider recruitment.
More information on the union is available at KansasHealthTogether.com.