Healthcare and Insurance

HCA Midwest Health Hires Eric Benink as Chief Medical Officer

Posted June 5, 2024 HCA Midwest Health has named Dr. Eric Benink, a 25-year physician leader veteran, as chief medical officer. Benink began his new role effective June 1, according to a release Tuesday. He now oversees clinical quality and… more

Blue KC to Exit The Medicare Advantage Market in 2025

Posted June 4, 2024 Updated at 11:57 a.m., June 5, 2024 Citing high regulation and financial pressure, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced it will exit the Medicare Advantage market at the end of 2024. The not-for-profit… more

Patheous Health Acquires DianosTEX, Expands Texas Footprint

Posted June 4, 2024 Overland Park-based Patheous Health Inc. has acquired DianosTEX, an onsite dysphagia imaging provider in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas market. Patheous Health, which offers mobile dysphagia imaging services, first announced the acquisition of DianosTEX, according… more

MU Health Care Opens 160-bed Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO

Posted May 29, 2024 University of Missouri Health Care announced it opened a new 160-bed children’s hospital and birthing center. The children’s hospital is connected to the University Hospital in Columbia, according to a release. The centralized location allows for… more

KU Wins $11M Federal Grant, Creates New Research Center for Women’s Health

Posted May 28, 2024 The University of Kansas has won an $11.3 million grant which it will use to establish a new multidisciplinary biomedical center, specializing in women’s health. The award was granted by the NIH Institutional Development Award Program.… more

Ascension Meetings Restores Connection to Vendors Following Cyberattack

Posted May 22, 2024 St. Louis-based Ascension has begun hosting meetings with its partners and vendors to restore their connection to the network following a ransomware attack earlier this month. On May 8, Ascension detected unusual activity on its network… more

HCA Midwest Health Promotes New CEO for Lee’s Summit Medical Center

Posted May 22, 2024 HCA Midwest Health has appointed Gabe Clements as CEO of the Lee's Summit Medical Center. Prior to his new role, Clements served as COO of Lee’s Summits Medical Center for four years beginning in 2020. [caption… more

CoxHealth Finds New Partnership to Expand Pediatric Care to Southwest MO

Posted May 22, 2024 Springfield-based CoxHealth and St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH) will be entering into a new partnership with the intent to expand pediatric care in the southwest Missouri region. CoxHealth has signed a letter of intent and will… more

Ascension Confirms Ransomware Attack, Affecting Facilities Across U.S.

Posted May 14, 2024 St. Louis-based Ascension announced it experienced a ransomware attack, causing hospitals across its system to experience disruptions to patient care. On May 8, Ascension detected unusual activity on its network due to a cybersecurity event. The… more

Children’s Mercy President & CEO Paul Kempinski Announces Retirement After Five Years

Posted May 9, 2024 President & CEO of Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Paul Kempinski has announced his retirement following over five years of leadership at the hospital. Kempinski joined Children’s Mercy in 2018. During his time at the hospital, he… more