Children’s Mercy Hospital and Olathe Medical Center on Monday announced an agreement to offer expanded pediatric services for children in southwest Johnson County and nearby areas.
While planning is still in the early stages, the hospitals said a new facility will “most likely” will be built on the Olathe Medical Center campus. The new building is initially expected to house pediatric urgent care and pediatric specialty clinics provided by Children’s Mercy, the announcement said.
A timeline for completing the project has not yet been set. No financial details were provided.
“We have a tremendous amount of respect” for Children’s Mercy, said Frank Devocelle, president and chief executive officer of Olathe Medical Center. “We completed our initial meetings with a great deal of confidence in an ongoing working relationship between the two organizations that can further enhance the care available to young families in the area.”
The partnership comes as a new obstetrics wing is under construction at Olathe Medical Center. The wing will include a Level II neonatal intensive care unit and other enhancements for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.
The Olathe Health System provides care to about 450,000 patients annually at 38 locations.
Children’s Mercy has hospitals in Kansas City and Overland Park. In 2015, Children’s Mercy treated more than 82,000 children in its urgent care centers, and saw more than 275,000 patients in its pediatric specialty clinics.