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Fast move?

Leaving a controversial affiliation plan off the Kansas Board of Regents agenda doesn’t seem like a simple oversight.

October 19, 2007

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Could it be that the Kansas Board of Regents wasn't interested in hearing anything more from the public before approving a pact between Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital?

The fact that consideration of the final affiliation agreement for the two entities didn't appear on the regents' agenda this week certainly could make Kansans wonder.

The regents fulfilled their legal responsibility by announcing their meetings this week. They also provided an agenda and posted it on the board's Web site. But, although they had known for several days that the affiliation would be discussed, they made no effort to update the online agenda or inform the public until about an hour before taking up the issue Thursday morning.

Public bodies aren't required to release their agendas ahead of time, but it seems a bit underhanded to publicize an agenda that omitted an item that had so much public interest.

It would be easy for the public to conclude that the regents, as well as KU and KUMC officials, preferred to push this 10-year agreement through without any further interference or discussion from other parties.

Were their actions illegal? Probably not. But rather than build public confidence, this tactic will tend to feed public suspicion about the KU-St. Luke's matter.

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notnowdear 6 years, 6 months ago

Thanks W. Eagle: KU Med, St. Luke's affiliation moves forward Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Kansas Medical Center will receive at least $1 million a year for the next four years from a Missouri hospital in a deal expected to increase the school's number of medical residents.

The money from Kansas City's St. Luke's Hospital will be unrestricted financial support, St. Luke's spokeswoman Corrine Everson said.

The agreement is expected to create up to 100 new slots for medical residents in the next decade, with 10 or 15 new slots to be created initially. The residents will rotate between St. Luke's and University of Kansas Hospital, which is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The agreement was endorsed Thursday by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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notnowdear 6 years, 6 months ago

Why is LJWorld so slanted on this issue? Who wrote this? Why did the author not want to put their byline on it?

Are the people responding responsible for this editorial? Or are they LJWorld flunkies told to respond and make things appear to be something other than what they really are?

LJWorld: The Simon Slant. That is the reason why my real news comes from McClatchy.

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 6 years, 6 months ago

What benefit? That has been examined time and time again and there is far more damage to KU Hospital and the medical needs of the people of Kansas than there is any mythical benefit to the poorly run medical school. If they want a benefit for the Med School they should fire Atkinson and her stooge Atkins (Adkins?) and get someone real in there to run the place.

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huntershaven 6 years, 6 months ago

I suppose you don't care about the benefit that being affiliated with St Luke's will bring to the KUMC?

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Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 6 years, 6 months ago

This whole affair reeks of corruption at the highest levels of Kansas government. Clearly a criminal investigation should be launched by a federal law enforcement agency of Sebelius and her administration. Kathleen came home on the coal plants and she needs to stand by Kansas' best interests and stop hitting her back for her Missouri financial backers. Come back, Kathleen, come back.

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