In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced the first hospitals in its 103-county service area to receive the Blue Distinction® Center or Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designations under the national Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Over 29 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 86 million have pre-diabetes. With the number of reported cases on the rise South Central Kansas Medical Center has formed a proactive group of diabetes care providers to educate newly diagnosed patients, or re-educate patients who have become less vigilant with their diabetic care as time has gone by.
In the past few weeks, the medical center has received both Federal Fire Marshal and Federal recertification surveys as a requirement to participate in the Medicare program. It is common for hospital’s to receive Federal surveys back-to-back by cooperating agencies, although the last Federal survey for SCKMC took place shortly after the new facility was opened in 2011.
When hospital officials from South Central Kansas Medical Center stood before the City Commission in February they presented several cost reducing measures as a result of failing to make the payment for the construction bond of the hospital. One of the items listed at that time was “restructure of advanced care services.”
Staff and volunteers from South Central Kansas Medical Center will be going door-to-door this Saturday delivering information about the hospital’s one percent sales tax initiative. Registered voters who live within the Arkansas City city limits will receive a mail-in ballot for the tax around May 4th.
The South Central Kansas Medical Center Annual Auxiliary Awards Luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 12th. The event is used to recognize those members who have shown an outstanding commitment to the hospital through out the past year. With over 50 active members, the organization provided a substantial impact to the hospital in 2015.
SCKC’s after hours services are available by walk-in only, meaning no appointments are allowed during the expanded times and patients are seen on a “first come-first serve” basis. The new hours are 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays.
South Central Kansas Medical Center held its annual “Years of Service” luncheon on Wednesday, May 11th as part of the medical center’s National Hospital Week celebration. National Hospital Week is considered to be the nation’s largest healthcare event, celebrating the efforts of the hospital team and the care they provide.
The South Central Kansas Medical Center sales tax initiative appears to have passed with an eighty-percent approval rating. However, official results for the one-percent sales tax will not be available until June 2nd.
The Arkansas City Commission voted this week to approve up to $175,000 for Quorum Health Resources to perform a financial and operations study for South Central Kansas Medical Center. The strategic, financial and operations evaluation is mandated through the construction bond for the new hospital.
The past year has been a roller coaster ride for South Central Kansas Medical Center and new CEO Virgil Watson. Watson took over in January of 2015 and has since overseen some significant milestones for the hospital, as well as faced challenging obstacles.
Quorum Health Resources has made several on-site visits to South Central Kansas Medical Center over the past month as they gather information in preparation for an operational analysis of the current hospital. The study is a requirement of the City of Arkansas City’s bond document related to construction of the replacement facility.
Medical providers at South Central Kansas Medical Center have recently launched a new program designed to bridge the gap between emergency room and follow up patient care. Providers with Integrity Healthcare Professionals, the group partnered with the medical center to provide emergency room coverage, began the “Integrity Call Back Care Program” on September 19th.
October 21, 2016 - The South Central Kansas Medical Center physical therapy department recently added a new member to their team of therapists. Amanda Buttress has a Master of Physical Therapy degree and more than a decade of therapy experience.
South Central Kansas Medical Center staff and physicians have recently started the clinical documentation improvement program, which they believe will help to increase reimbursements at their facility and ultimately improve patient care.
The program trains hospital staff to document all of a patient’s healthcare concerns currently impacting his or her treatment, clinically referred to as comorbidities.
The South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees unanimously approved a plan to develop a geriatric psychology unit within the facility during their November meeting. The plan includes moving the current family birthing department to another area within the facility and renovating the current space to allow for up to six double occupancy long term care rooms.
On December 6th Dr. Tyson Blatchford, general surgeon at South Central Kansas Medical Center, became one of only four physicians in the state to perform a new surgery designed to control acid reflux. Three patients received a surgical implant, called LINX, to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus. The LINX procedure is considered by Blatchford to be a preferable option for treatment compared to more traditional reflux surgeries.
It’s been more than a half-decade since the last time South Central Kansas Medical Center ended the year in the black. The hospital was last profitable 2010, the final year prior to moving to the new facility. However, according to hospital officials the medical center plans to see a positive bottom line for 2017.