Greater Kansas City’s strength in health care services is due to several
factors that promise this noteworthy position will continue to grow.
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The most basic factor is the metropolitan area’s
location in a large rural region, with the nearest
major cities hundreds of miles away. As a result,
the larger metropolitan areas of Kansas City and
St. Joseph serve as key regional health care centers,
with patients traveling to these locations from
not just Kansas and Missouri, but large portions of
Iowa and Nebraska as well. This market position
alone accounts for the sizable number of large
hospitals and medical institutions located here.
A related factor is the sizable presence of institutions of higher learning. Nationally leading specialists in several fields are drawn by teaching and research institutions in Kansas City, and operating in conjunction with nearby Kansas and Missouri universities.
HCA Midwest Centerpoint Medical Center | The new $250 million state-of-the-art Centerpoint Medical Center is located in Independence, Missouri.
Overall, metropolitan Kansas City boasts more than 20 major area hospitals providing a total in excess of 5,000 beds. A history of leader-ship in areas such as medical ethics, mental health and private research remain part of the region’s growing health care scene.
the largest number
of hospitals, following their purchase of several area facilities
owned by Health Midwest. The $1.125 billion led to several expan-sions and additions, including the $250 million HCA Midwest Centerpoint Medical Center.
One of the area’s largest developments, Shawnee Mission Medical Center broke ground in late 2005 on an $84 million extension of its 383-bed hospital. Shawnee’s Center for Women’s Health also received national attention when it was listed as one of the best hospitals for women in the country.
Earlier in 2005, Menorah Medical Center began a five-year, $45 million capital expansion of its Overland Park campus. The work includes a new two-story ambulatory surgery center and two 60,000 square foot medical office buildings.
Saint Luke’s South recently completed several efforts. In May 2007 the hospital opened the $1.7 million Goppert Center for Breast Care in the new Southridge Medical Building on the hospital’s Overland Park campus. Earlier, Saint Luke’s completed a $1 million expansion of a neonatal intensive-care unit.
Overland Park Regional Medical Center is conducting a $16.5-million renovation of its inpatient and outpatient women’s services. Also in Overland Park, the first two buildings in the new $40 million Corporate Medical Plaza at 107th Street and Nall Avenue were recently completed. Groundbreaking for the 6,000 square-foot Deer Creek Surgery Center was held in late 2005 at 129th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.
Projects underway in Clay and Platte counties include a new $9-million outpatient clinic at Excelsior Springs Medical Center, and a new Center for Women’s Care at Saint Luke’s Northland. The latter expansion is part of a $75 million campaign for the greater Saint Luke’s system.
Liberty Hospital is preparing a $14 million expansion that will allow 40 additional beds, bringing Liberty’s total to 275. The construction began in the fall of 2007 and will require approximately one year of construction. The two new floors will house private medical and surgical patient rooms, some with remote electronic monitoring equipment.
The Excelsior Springs Medical Center held a groundbreaking in July 2007 for a new two-story, 28,000 square foot Outpatient Clinic and Wellness Center.
One of the largest expansions may demonstrate the demand for services here especially well. In late 2007 Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics announced its largest-ever expansion, an $800- million, 15-year program to dramatically extend its downtown campus and outlying satellite facilities. This project will add thousands of square feet of new out-patient clinic, offices and lab space.
Another of the Kansas City area’s most important healthcare expansion projects are at the campuses of the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. and the Kansas University Medical Center in nearby Fairway, Kansas just west of the Country Club Plaza.