Healthcare and Insurance


Adventist Adding Ottawa Hospital to Network

The owners of Shawnee Mission Health, an anchor for acute-care hospital services in Johnson County, have expanded their reach to Ottawa, 45 miles to the southwest. The medical center's parent, Florida-based Adventist Health System, says it has signed a letter… more

Stress Tests

Weight-loss programs. Smoking cessation support. Health-club memberships and discounts. Biometrics-based insurance-premium incentives. Healthy snack offerings. The strategies and tactics of improved employee health and fitness are innumerable, and U.S. companies have invested billions in the battle to reduce the costs… more

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Purchases Land for Expansion

Lawrence Memorial Hospital has purchased a 20-acre plot of land to build a 200,000-square-foot medical center. The site is at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and South Lawrence Trafficway. The hospital announced a $100 million expansion plan late last… more

KU Hospital, Saint Luke’s, Children’s Mercy Recognized

Less than two miles separate the main campuses of the University of Kansas Hospital and Saint Luke’s flagship medical center near the Country Club Plaza. Which means, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report, that residents of… more

KU Health System Adds Another Hospital

The "Kansas" in University of Kansas Health System was reinforced again with news this morning that the parent of Kansas City's largest hospital had acquired 33-bed Great Bend Regional Hospital in central Kansas, along with affiliated clinics. Terms of the… more

2018 Healthcare Industry Outlook Report

Cost, Quality Concerns Driving Powerful Innovations Seated: Greg Sweat, Blue KC (Chairman, host and sponsor); Corrine Everson, Research Medical Center, HCA Midwest Health. (Standing, left to right), Jason Spacek, BlueKC; John Staton, Olathe Health; Matt Tritz, Lockton Companies; Jill Watson, Centrus Health; Chad Moore, Blue KC; Jonathan Krass, CBIZ; Michelle… more

KU Health System Purchases EPA Building

The University of Kansas Health System is expanding into downtown Kansas City, KS. Today the group announced the purchase of the former Environmental Protection Agency building at 901 N. Fifth Street in KCK.  KU plans to turn the 220,000 square… more

Cigna buys St. Louis-based Express Scripts

3/8/2018 St. Louis-based Express Scripts, the largest company headquartered in Missouri, is being bought by health insurer Cigna in a cash and stock transaction worth a whopping $67 billion, the companies announced Thursday. Cigna issued a news release saying it… more

Hall Family, Sunderland Foundations Donate $150 Million to Children’s Mercy

Children's Mercy Kansas City announced this morning that the Hall Family and Sunderland foundations had each donated $75 million to strengthen the hospital's pediatric research programs. The combined $150 million stands as the largest one-time gift ever made to a… more

Saint Luke’s Buying Bulk of Mosaic Clinics

Saint Luke’s Health System announced this week that it would acquire all but two of the Northland clinics operated by St. Joseph-based Mosaic Life Care. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the sale represents a significant marketplace pullback… more