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Expanding Access to High-Quality Care Close to Home

Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for Olathe Health to join The University of Kansas Health System.

Our Vision

As one system, our combined expertise will create a more seamless experience for patients across the region to have access to comprehensive high-quality care close to home.

About Olathe Health

Established in 1953, Olathe Health is a nonprofit regional health system powered by 2,300 associates and 350 providers. Comprised of two nationally accredited hospitals (Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center) and more than 60 care locations, the Olathe Health network serves multiple counties in the greater Kansas City area. Olathe Health is an integrated health system with a wide-ranging network of primary care and advanced specialty care in cardiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurology, obstetrics, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology, spine surgery and more. By leveraging advanced technology, top talent and community partnerships, Olathe Health furthers its mission to help people through healing, health and happiness.

About The University of Kansas Health System

The University of Kansas Health System is part of the region’s premier academic health system. It includes The University of Kansas Physicians, the region’s largest multispecialty physician group. The health system is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and their leading-edge research projects. In addition to the Kansas City metro, the health system includes hospitals and clinics in Great Bend and Topeka. Services range from routine primary care to multispecialty care for complex conditions. The health system hosts a nationally verified pediatric and adult burn center and Level I Trauma Center, as well as a leading transplant program in liver, pancreas, kidney, heart, and blood and marrow. The cancer program is part of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, one of 53 NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States. The health system’s Kansas City hospital has received Magnet nursing designation four times in a row for the highest level of care. It has ranked every year since 2007 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals lists. The health system receives no state or local appropriations, instead relying on operating revenue, bonding authority and philanthropy. For more information, visit kansashealthsystem.com.

Strengthening Our Focus on the Community

Together, we will be able to enhance access through even more care options close to home. Signing a LOI is an important step in securing an exciting future for healthcare in Kansas City and the region.
Key details of the LOI between Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System include:
  • Significant investments and enhancements over time to current Olathe Health services, facilities, infrastructure and technology
  • Retention of Olathe Health associates, with Olathe Health’s senior leadership team continuing in place as part of The University of Kansas Health System
  • Extension of highly specialized care to the Olathe Health service area and beyond
  • Support for the Olathe Medical Center goal to achieve Magnet Designation, the nation’s most respected designation for nursing excellence
  • Strengthening current services and pursue enhanced physician and provider recruitment at Olathe Health

Why Now?

Meet our patients’ needs

Our regional and national healthcare landscape is changing, and we are adapting to best meet our patients’ needs. Our priority is to ensure our communities have a thriving health system for the future with expanded access to more comprehensive and integrated care.

Combine world-class specialty care

As a world-class, nationally recognized destination for complex diagnosis and treatment, The University of Kansas Health System offers a highly specialized provider network to complement Olathe Health’s existing services. Additionally, market research shows Olathe Health’s patients and community trust The University of Kansas Health System to provide high-quality healthcare, and an expanded relationship with them is the best way to serve existing patients.

As a combined health system with a shared focus on quality, safety, service and people, the resources and talent both health systems will expand access to high-quality care close to home, positioning us to thrive in the future, delivering on Olathe Health’s mission to help people through healing, health and happiness.

High quality care close to home

Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System have worked together most recently through Olathe Health’s agreements with The University of Kansas Health System specialty physicians for vascular surgery, plastic surgery and urology. Together, both organizations’ shared commitment to improving healthcare for our communities will enhance access to comprehensive, high-quality care close to home.

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