When the University of Kansas Health System absorbs Olathe Health, it will expand its reach into a suburban area already teeming with new hospital activity.
As part of the deal, KU Health said it will upgrade Olathe Health’s facilities and technology. KU Health also promises to add more specialty services to the Olathe Health network, which includes Olathe Medical Center and Miami County Medical Center.
KU Health’s expansion into southern Johnson County reflects its need to expand its market share to maintain revenue and growth, CEO of REACH Healthcare Foundation. Brenda Sharpe said. Sharpe’s organization makes grants to improve health care access and equity in the six-county region.
“I think it’s evidence of continued pressure on the hospital’s bottom line,” Sharpe said. “My hope is that when such a transaction occurs, there is also some consideration given to the needs of individuals in our county and metropolitan areas who have less access to hospitals and care systems in their own neighborhoods.”
KU-Olathe Health Alliance faces competition from nearby players. $150 million that is AdventhHealth South Overland Park hospital is opening its doors in October 2021 at 7820 W. 165th St. in the ongoing massive Bluhawk development. The hospital provides cardiac services, surgical services, obstetric care and a neonatal intensive care unit, adding a full-service radiology laboratory and a nine-bed emergency department that opened there in 2017.