Archive for Monday, July 2, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Congress approves student loan package; new KU Hospital facility opens; KU Alumni Association traveling state, country during the summer

July 2, 2012


Subscribe to the Heard on the Hill email edition

Subscribe to the email edition of Heard on the Hill and we'll deliver you the latest KU news and notes every weekday at noon.

Your daily dose of news, notes and links from around Kansas University.

• You may have heard about a big old bill that lumped student loans and highway funding together that Congress passed on Friday.

The New York Times reported that the bill would spend $6.7 billion on extending the 3.4 percent interest rate on Stafford loans for one year, but restricts the length of time students could get those loans.

The student loan provision was lumped in with a big transportation package, spending $127 billion in all.

U.S. Rep Tim Huelskamp, who represents Kansas’ “Big First” district in western Kansas, told the Times he didn’t really like the lumping of the bills together.

“This is clearly not exactly what we wanted to do,” he said. “People fear the government will just keep growing. This only serves to cement that.”

Still, students who would have seen their loan interest rates double to 6.8 percent are probably breathing a little easier this month.

• Over in Kansas City, KU Hospital is continuing its rapid growth patterns of recent years, marking the opening last week of its new Indian Creek Campus in southern Johnson County.

The new location, at Nall Avenue and Indian Creek Parkway, is 42,000 square feet and has seven operating rooms and 19 inpatient beds.

Most of the employees of the former Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital are now employees of KU Hospital.

This provides a good opportunity to remind folks (because I get this question every now and again) about the differences between KU Hospital and KU Medical Center. The two are affiliated, but operate in fundamentally different ways.

KU Medical Center is where all the professors teach and students perform research. KU Hospital is where patients go to receive treatment.

Both have facilities near 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard in Kansas City, Kan. The medical center receives state funding, but KU Hospital doesn’t.

• It’s the summer, and as per usual, the KU Alumni Association is taking its show on the road.

I spotted a news report of members of the association stopping in Liberal for a golf tournament there.

The association reports it’s already done 34 events and staffers have traveled 19,291 miles.

You can check out the whole schedule to see what’s coming in your area here.

• I’ve heard that the weather will cool off if you send in a tip for Heard on the Hill to


LJD230 5 years, 11 months ago

The difference between KUMC and KU Hospital are oversimplified. Affiliated is the key concept. In essence, that means KU hospital receives money from the medical school and related phjysician groups for the use of the hospital to train and educate medical students, residents and fellows. This might be considered overhead to partially cover the expenses incurred by the use of hospital resources by the medical school for patient care. Correct me if I am misinformed.

The recognition the hospital receives in the USNWR rankings is attributable to the work done by the physicians of the medical school. The rankings have nothing to do with the quality of the food or toilet paper at the hosptial.

And not for nothing, the hopsital receives plenty of taxpayer dollars in the form of Medicaid and Medicare.

When the wrtiter of this article has a free moment, he might want to update this story:

thinkks 5 years, 11 months ago

LJD230, I don't know if there is enough space to list all the things wrong in your post, but I will try.
1) The university gives NO money to the hospital. In fact, the hospital gives funds to supplement faculty salaries, pay for additional residencies, faculty recruitment packages and some research funds to the tune of more than $100 million a year. The money goes from the hospital to the school, not the other way around. 2) Your comment about the US News rankings are an insult to the nursing staff and techs at the hospital. The rankings are based on the total care patients received which is the physicians, hospital employed nurses and hospital employed techs working together, along with the technology that the hospital pays for. 3) As far as Medicaid and Medicare, these are programs every hospital receives for services rendered, not as an appropriation for supporting projects.

When you have a free moment, you might want to update your comment.

lucyjj 5 years, 11 months ago

Students might be charged lower interest in the coming year, but they are losing the 6-month grace period to find a job after leaving school, along with now having a stronger limitiation in place as to how many years an undergraduate can get subsidized loans. I'm not sure at all what's really positive about the student loan news.

lucyjj 5 years, 11 months ago

A clarification - while there will still be a grace period, interest will no longer be subsidized during the grace period.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.