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Kansas City-area hospitals vary greatly when it comes to the percentage of their doctors who accept money from drug and medical device companies.

The hospital with the highest percentage is Providence Medical Center, where nearly 89 percent of its doctors took such payments in 2014, the last year for which data are available. The hospital with the lowest percentage is Truman Medical Center Lakewood, where only 43.8 percent of its physicians took payments from those industries in 2014.

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Former employees of two Kansas City-area hospitals who claimed they weren’t paid promised separation benefits after the hospitals were sold to Prime Healthcare Services have agreed to settle their class action lawsuit.

The proposed $550,000 settlement, if approved by the court, would end a case brought by 49 former workers of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas.

St. Joseph Medical Center

The new owner of four Kansas City-area hospitals announced it had filled several executive positions.

Prime Healthcare Services, which is based in Ontario, Calif., said that Robert J. Erickson has been named CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City, Mo. Erickson was president and CEO of St. Francis Health Center in Topeka for the previous five years.

Erickson replaces Mike Dorsey. A hospital spokeswoman said Dorsey decided not to stay on after the sale to Prime. She said Dorsey did not say anything about his future plans.

St. Joseph Medical Center

A California-based hospital company said Friday it had completed its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo.

Prime Healthcare Services purchased the hospitals from Ascension Health, which operated the hospitals through Kansas City-based Carondelet Health. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The two acute-care hospitals have 456 beds and 900 physicians on staff combined.

St. Joseph Medical Center

The operator of two local Catholic hospitals has finalized their sale to a for-profit company based in Ontario, Calif.

Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic health system, said in a statement Tuesday that it had reached a definitive agreement to sell St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs to Prime Healthcare Services. The two hospitals operate through Kansas City-based Carondelet Health.

Terms of the deal, which was first announced in July, were not disclosed, and the deal remains subject to regulatory approval.

St. Joseph Medical Center


Prime Healthcare Services, the for-profit California health care company that has agreed to acquire two nonprofit Kansas City area hospitals, is no stranger to controversy.

Among other things, it has faced fierce opposition from the nation’s largest health care labor organization, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and has been accused of billing fraud.

St. Joseph Medical Center



A West Coast hospital company has agreed to acquire two hospitals and other related facilities as part of a deal with Kansas City, Mo.-based Carondelet Health, the parties announced Monday.

The buyer is Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services, which has signed a letter of intent that includes the acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

Kansas City-Area Hospital Sale Finalized

Apr 4, 2013

Providence Medical Center, in Kansas City, and St. John Hospital, in Leavenworth, are now among the two dozen hospitals owned by Prime Healthcare—a for-profit company based in California. 

Hospital Sale Cause for Hope, Concern

Mar 28, 2013
Bryan Thompson / Kansas Public Radio

The pending sale of two Kansas City area hospitals to a California-based corporation comes as a relief to those currently in charge of the hospitals.  However, some people are worried about what could happen. 

The sale of Providence Medical Center and Leavenworth’s St. John Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services needs the blessing of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to go forward.  Close to 100 people showed up for a public hearing conducted by the Schmidt last night. 

Buyer Of Kansas Hospitals Faces Two Federal Investigations

Feb 22, 2013

The would-be buyer of Providence Medical Center in KCK and Saint John’s
Hospital in Leavenworth faces two ongoing federal investigations. Prime
Healthcare plans to buy the hospitals from SCL Health System for an
undisclosed amount.