Archive for Saturday, September 22, 2007

St. Luke’s board approves KU affiliation; final terms pending

September 22, 2007




The St. Luke's Board of Directors Friday approved in principle the proposed affiliation between Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke's hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

St. Luke's spokeswoman Kerry O'Connor said the affiliation is not yet in effect, however, because the final terms - including how much St. Luke's will pay the university - have not yet been reached.

"It means they've given permission to St. Luke's to move forward with finalizing the terms of the agreement," O'Connor said.

Once the terms are agreed to, the agreement would go into effect when both the university and St. Luke's have signed it. O'Connor could not say whether further action would be necessary on the part of the St. Luke's board, in light of Friday's approval.

Under terms of the draft previously disclosed, St. Luke's would get to call itself a "teaching and research hospital of KUMC" or a "major teaching and research hospital of KUMC," if it agrees to provide a certain level of unrestricted mission support. Up to 100 residents would also train at St. Luke's with the hospital picking up that cost, though it would likely take 10 years to reach that level.

Amy Jordan-Wooden, a spokeswoman for KUMC, said this is the outcome the medical center had planned for.

"We expected that they would embrace this agreement," she said. "It follows the guiding principles, but we still have a few details to work out."

Jordan-Wooden said a group from KUMC is meeting regularly with leaders from St. Luke's to complete the final details of the agreement. She said the group is meeting less frequently than the KUMC-KU Hospital group is meeting, but many of the same people are involved.

KU Hospital and KUMC must still negotiate the terms of its new affiliation. KUMC Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Atkinson and KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway presented a draft affiliation agreement to the KU Hospital Authority board last week. Jordan-Wooden said the St. Luke's board approved the same draft.

Though Hemenway and Atkinson have said their signatures are enough for approval of the document on the KU side, the hospital authority board asked to see a final draft before the affiliation is put into effect.

KU Hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch said the hospital is still waiting for word from KUMC on what the St. Luke's board agreed to.

"We continue to focus on getting an agreement between the university and the University of Kansas hospital," McCulloch said. "The negotiations necessarily involve a great level of detail. Without that detail, these agreements could be counterproductive and create more friction than cooperation."


Richard Boyd 10 years, 6 months ago

Congratulations for a job well done goes out to Dr Barbara Atkinson and all of the principals at KU! 100 new residency slots is almost a miracle in our present climate of graduate medical education, especially in Kansas City where the residency reputation had really suffered in recent years (with the toxic and inbred nature of the "for profit" KU hospital) examples everywhere, like shutting down the dual Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program, robbing Kansans of a source of critical care specialists for kids. What is next, affiliation with Children's Mercy? One can just imagine the possibilities!

Uhlrick_Hetfield_III 10 years, 6 months ago

KU Hospital is screwed and so are the citizens of Kansas. Hemenway and Atkinson should be fired. Thanks for nothing, traitors.

While we're also celebrating this betrayal let's not ever forget the ultimate wh*re, Governor Roundheels.

toefungus 10 years, 6 months ago

Kansas is paying for this affiliation with tax dollars while big shots get to have parties and future job prospects. At the same time, Missouri's new tax policy hurts Kansans working in Missouri but living in Kansas. The fight for state funding should get harder and harder until KU realizes it is a State University, or it just goes private. KSU will eclipse KU in just a few years.

jayrock 10 years, 6 months ago

No Kansas dollars are going to Missouri. Hetfeild needs a much hate. More residents in KC = increased chance of MDs staying in the KC can this be a bad thing?

LJD230 10 years, 6 months ago


ku, ku medical center and the ku school of medicine now have a real opportunity to become important and respected on both regional and national stages of medical education and in basic, applied and translational life science research.

as for the assertion of toe fungus that the aggie school will eclipse ku, take a look at how they are sucking up to the johnson county and kcmo power brokers with their planned establishment of a campus in olathe. and you can't blame 'em for wanting new fields to sow and lots more money to reap for their efforts.

who knows? between the aggies and ku, a research triangle rivaling that of durham, raleigh and chapel hill might evolve in kansas city and it's environs.

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