WICHITA, Kan. (Nov. 19, 2010) – Via Christi Health and Wichita Clinic have jointly announced an agreement through which Wichita Clinic will become part of Via Christi Health. The agreement brings together two highly respected, well-established and geographically dispersed health care organizations that share similar core values and a rich history of providing quality health care services in Kansas.
“Via Christi Health and Wichita Clinic have been listening to the needs of patients and physicians and the two believe a close alignment to oversee health care services whether in a physician office, hospital or an outpatient center will result in care that is more available and coordinated,” explains Kevin Conlin, president and CEO, Via Christi Health.
Conlin and Robert Kenagy, MD, MMM, add that having the two health care providers under a single organization will also benefit employers and payers by reducing fragmentation, improving access to and quality of care and helping control the cost of care. Kenagy is currently chief medical officer of Wichita Clinic.
“This new model represents an evolution in health care that will seek to improve value, quality and the overall patient and family experience,” Kenagy says.
After the agreement is complete, Wichita Clinic locations will change their name to Via Christi Clinic over a yet-to-be determined period of time. No change is expected to office locations or employee status at this time.
The agreement formalizes a new leadership structure for Via Christi Health with the appointment of Kenagy as senior vice president of Via Christi Physician Services. Jack Shellito, MD, FACS, will be appointed as the chief medical officer of Via Christi Clinic and Kim Shank as its vice president of operations.
The agreement is expected to be finalized within the next 90 to 120 days.###
Via Christi Health (www.viachristi.org), the largest provider of healthcare services in Kansas, is affiliated with the Marian Health System and Ascension Health. It serves the region through doctors, hospitals, senior villages and health services. Via Christi employs more than 9,000 in Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. In fiscal year 2009, Via Christi provided more than $78.1 million in community benefit, including care of persons who are poor, to the communities it serves.
With more than 160 doctors practicing in more than 40 specialties, Wichita Clinic, PA (www.wichitaclinic.com) is one of the state’s largest outpatient multi-specialty group practices and is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. Owned and governed by its doctors, Wichita Clinic presently has 12 locations in Kansas and the Wichita metropolitan area. More than a half million patient visits were made to Wichita Clinic in 2009. Wichita Clinic currently operates in Sedgwick, Harvey and Butler counties.