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KU Hospital again pushes back deadline on deal with KUMC

May 30, 2007

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The deal that will shape the future relationship between Kansas University's medical school and its main teaching hospital won't be finished by a May 31 deadline set earlier this spring.

In a meeting Tuesday, KU Hospital's board voted unanimously to keep negotiations open with KU Medical Center and reaffirmed its commitment to a set of "guiding principles" that give a sense of how a final deal might look.

But talks will continue into the summer as KU Hospital leaders try to strike a deal that ensures the hospital won't be harmed by the medical school's ongoing plans to build a new partnership with St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

"It was clear that there would not be an agreement by May 31," KU Hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch said. "These are complicated, complex issues, and the board expressed that it was more important to get them right rather than to get them by the deadline."

The board had set the May 31 deadline only after a March 31 deadline passed with no resolution.

"It's important to have goals in mind, but ultimately the goal is about having the right agreement in place," said Amy Jordan Wooden, a spokeswoman for KUMC.

In essence, KU Hospital and the medical school are negotiating how much money KU Hospital will contribute to the school's academic efforts in coming years, who will oversee the outpatient clinics at the hospital complex and how far the school will be able to go in its planned partnership with St. Luke's, which has raised alarm among KU Hospital leaders.

Comments

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 10 months ago

These folks at KU Hospital are true heroes for standing up to Governor Roundheels and her Missouri handlers. Kansas 1, Traitors 0.

oldgoof 7 years, 10 months ago

I 'd been wondering where Uhlrick had been hiding..........

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 10 months ago

I've been enjoying the sports page, goof. Unless Governor Roundheels sells MU the rights to KU's recruits (always a possibility with that bimbo), it's bound to be better news. Perhaps my score would have been more correct if i had said Jayhawks 1, Sebelius Tigers 0. Go Hawks, Muck Fizzou (and their groupie in Topeka).

Is there some reason you hate KU Hospital so much? That more than the issue seems to be driving you. Are you a former (disgruntled, as the articles always say) employee, patient, student? Any, or all of the above? If so,I could understand your position. The Mizzou shills are always very obvious with the crap about what a great deal Roundheel's sellout to Missouri will be, but you just seem to hate the hospital more than you care about any specious BS about improving the med school.

Otherwise, this deal so obviously stinks that no one is publicly embracing it. Certainly not Roundheel's Republicrat cohort. They're laying low and letting her take the well deserved hit.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 10 months ago

PS, I haven't seen Roundheels hanging out in the blues clubs in Lawrence or Topeka, but heard she made a visit to 18th and Vine over in Missouri. They should love her over there.

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 7 years, 10 months ago

Oldgoof, did you disappear? No answers for my questions? i'm intrigued. Where did you go?

oldgoof 7 years, 10 months ago

Uhlrick. I am none of the three you suggest. I regard the hospital well. But I regard the University structurally to be of a higher mission. The Hospital (hospital authority act) was separated from state government restrictions, in part, to benefit the University, not vice versa. Read my response to you on the Hall op-ed today.

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