Friday, November 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.