Westwood Kansas University Hospital recent growth is continuing, and on Tuesday its authority board approved a $1.1 billion budget for the 2013 fiscal year, representing a 13.5 increase over the previous year.
The budget reflected investment in new facilities, including the hospital’s new Indian Creek Campus at 10720 Nall Ave. in Overland Park. Tammy Peterman, the hospital’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the campus officially opened on June 26 and began seeing patients on Monday.
The space formerly housed the Heartland Surgery Specialty Hospital, and many of those employees will become KU Hospital employees.
“We’re gradually adding surgeons and procedures week by week,” she told board members. “We have transitioned about 150 of their employees into our employment.”
The hospital is also growing in several other areas. Three new floors are scheduled to open in the hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care and six new operating rooms will open in the main hospital.
Peterman shared other signs of the hospital’s growth with the board on Tuesday. The hospital recently received an increase in the number of officially licensed beds from 644 to 751. Also, its main operating room volume reached 1,600 patients in May.
“That’s the largest number of patients we’ve had at any point in our history,” Peterman said.
The budget also reflects an investment in new technology. This year, the hospital expects to be one of the first three sites in the country to receive the GammaPod, a new radiation oncology device for the treatment of early breast cancer.
During the hospital board’s meeting, the board also approved its set of officers for the coming year. Bob Honse was again named the board’s chairman, and David M. Kerr was reappointed as vice chairman.
Honse and Kerr were also named to the board’s nominating committee, which submits names to the governor to fill board vacancies. Also named to that committee were board members Betty Keim, Sharon Lindenbaum and Charles T. Sunderland.