Shawnee Mission Medical Center changes its name to Shawnee Mission Health

03/12/2014 12:00 AM

03/12/2014 4:12 PM

In a renaming that reflects its broader health network, Shawnee Mission Medical Center is now Shawnee Mission Health.

The new name, unveiled today, will cover three major health care facilities, hospital officials said.

“Since Shawnee Mission Medical Center was started 50 years ago, it’s evolved to be more than one campus,” said hospital CEO Ken Bacon. “We want to show our broader scope.”

The network’s flagship hospital at 75th Street and Interstate 435 in Merriam will continue to be called Shawnee Mission Medical Center.

The Shawnee Mission Outpatient Pavilion in west Lenexa, at 23401 Prairie Star Parkway, has been renamed Shawnee Mission Health Prairie Star.

A yet-to-be-built third facility, to be called Shawnee Mission Health Blue Valley, will be added near 159th Street and U.S. 69 in southern Johnson County, perhaps by 2016, Bacon said.

Shawnee Mission Health also operates an urgent care office at 91st Street and Quivira Road in Lenexa.

Asked if Shawnee Mission Health’s expansion might include acquisition of Missouri properties, Bacon said it’s “reasonable to assume that we’d look for opportunities to grow our network, and the right organization might make sense, but no definitive plans are in the works.”

Asked specifically if Shawnee Mission Health was looking at the possible acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Bacon said there are “no conversations yet.” The two Missouri-side hospitals in February called off a planned acquisition by HCA Midwest Health System because regulatory approval had not come through.

Bacon said full conversion to the Shawnee Mission Health name will occur gradually, when it’s time to replace business cards and forms. Only key signs are being switched immediately, “so we don’t anticipate enormous costs,” he said.

Hospital officials said the Shawnee Mission Health network employs 3,000 people, including 2,300 at the primary hospital. About 100 physicians are employed by the network, and about 600 more have staff privileges, Bacon said.

The Shawnee Mission Health facilities have about 20,000 inpatient admissions, 200,000 outpatient admissions and 70,000 emergency room patients a year, hospital officials said.

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