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New Providers Begin at Hospital ER

 

December 31, 2015

South Central Kansas Medical Center has entered into an agreement with Integrity Health Professionals (IHP) to provide medical services through the hospital’s emergency department. IHP will provide night and weekend coverage beginning January 1, 2016.

Arkansas City, KS – South Central Kansas Medical Center has entered into an agreement with Integrity Health Professionals (IHP) to provide medical services through the hospital’s emergency department. IHP will provide night and weekend coverage beginning January 1, 2016.

The change is the result of notification from the current ED provider group, Emergency Care Associates, that they would no longer be providing services after the first of the year.

“ECA gave us notice about 70 days ago that they wanted to discontinue staffing us with providers to render services in our emergency department because they were having difficulty recruiting providers and keeping them up-to-date with all the changes in regulations. ECA provided services for the ED for many years, and we appreciate that, but we have successfully transitioned to the Integrity Health Professionals and feel very comfortable and excited about going forward with them,” said Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s Chief Executive Officer.

IHP will provide coverage using a combination of physicians and mid-level providers, including physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners.

“Most of them will be physician assistants (PAs) with physician back up. They are very experienced and have had training at Wesley Medical Center. I see this as very positive because they know us from prior contacts through the patients that we have sent to Wichita. Many of them have received our transferred patients, and two providers have worked for us before,” Watson said.

Watson also believes IHP provider’s can help to keep more patients in SCKMC instead of being transferred.

“Our first goal is to try to safely keep every patient that we can and take care of them here at our hospital. We will have our quality manager monitoring the quality of care that our patients receive as well as going through a continuous improvement process to provide the greatest care that we can possibly give to the patients that come through our hospital,” Watson said.