A Topeka hospital that recently announced a nursing education partnership with Baker University ended its silence Wednesday on why it choose the Baldwin school over Washburn University.
Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center officials said Wednesday that they did not affiliate their nursing program with Washburn because of potential accrediting problems.
The announcement came Wednesday during a meeting among hospital officials and editors of a Topeka newspaper.
The announcement also halts a two-week silence on the subject since the hospital's board of directors voted to establish a relationship between the nursing program and Baker.
According to hospital officials, Washburn was not chosen as the affiliate school because the hospital had to control the program's curriculum or possibly lose its accreditation. The hospital must retain that control or face losing a $500,000 yearly Medicare subsidy for nurse training.
Officials also said that the Topeka university did not like some of the wording and procedures required by Medicare, leading hospital officials to fear for the program's accreditation if anything were changed.
Baker officials, however, say they are comfortable with the agreement and are confident that their program will win accreditation.
Officials also cited philosophical differences in nursing education between the hospital and Washburn.
Stormont-Vail's board of directors voted in late July to forge the relationship with the Baldwin college. Baker and Stormont officials say the affiliation should help supply the state with needed nurses.
Under the program, which still is in developmental stages, Baker will offer a four-year program at its Baldwin campus and at the Topeka hospital. Students would spend the first two years of the program in Baker classrooms and the final two years in a clinical setting at the hospital.
J. Keith Keeling, provost and academic dean at Baker, said shortly after the pending relationship was revealed that Baker hopes to have the program in place by fall 1991.