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Olathe Health Signs Letter of Intent to Join The University of Kansas Health System

OLATHEOlathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System earlier this month signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for Olathe Health to join The University of Kansas Health System, according to a joint news release dated Oct. 5.

Olathe Health until last year operated clinics in Linn County and continues to operate the Miami County Medical Center and the Olathe Health Family Medicine in Paola.

As one health system, according to the release, Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System will enhance access to high-quality healthcare for patients across the region. Through the proposed agreement, Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System will create a more seamless experience for patients to receive primary and specialty care and treatment.

“We’re proud of what we have achieved as an independent health system over the past 70 years, and we are excited about joining a health system that complements our expertise and brings additional resources to better position our community for a brighter future,” said Stan Holm, CHFP, FACHE, president and CEO of Olathe Health. “As one health system, we will be able to enhance access through even more care options close to home.”

“As the region’s only academic health system and destination for complex care, we are committed to offering patients a seamless healthcare experience,” said Bob Page, president and CEO of The University of Kansas Health System. “This is an exciting day for our health system, and for Kansas City.”

“In working with Olathe Health over the past several years, and in discussions with its leadership, we have confirmed a shared commitment to delivering the very best care for patients in our region. We are excited about the opportunities our combined resources will offer patients, providers, staff and our communities,” added Tammy Peterman, MS, RN, FAAN, president of the Kansas City Division of The University of Kansas Health System.

This LOI is the result of extensive consideration by the Boards and senior leaders of both organizations. By signing the LOI, Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System agree to a period of due diligence, where both organizations will spend time completing the details of a final agreement.

Key details of the LOI between Olathe Health and The University of Kansas Health System include:

  • Significant investments in 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 Olathe Medical Center’s goal to achieve Magnet Designation, the nation’s most respected designation for nursing excellence

  • Strengthening current services and pursuing enhanced physician and provider recruitment at Olathe Health

Signing a LOI is an important step in securing an exciting future for healthcare in Kansas City and the region. Nothing changes today for our patients or the community as a result of this announcement, as the due diligence process could take several months to complete.

To learn more and to stay up to date in the months ahead, visit KansasHealthTogether.com.

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