Central Kansas Medical Center in
Great Bend to focus on outpatient care
The newly named ‘St. Rose Ambulatory and
Surgery Center’ a nod to an earlier time
Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend will soon return to its roots, with plans to become St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center.
CKMC officials hope that the change will be made by April.
At that time, the hospital will focus exclusively on outpatient services, including comprehensive urgent care services and same-day surgery and cancer care, and will no longer provide in-patient care. Reportedly, three floors of the current hospital will close, while more services will be added to the first two floors.
According to the CKMC board of directors, the move comes as a direct response to the changing health care needs of the community.
Hospital recruiter Mark Mingenback noted in an AP news story that 80 percent of the hospital’s current service to the community is on an outpatient basis. Although the hospital houses 99 beds, Mingenback said that in the last year, the hospital had an average number of only eight patients staying overnight at one time.
This may, in part, be due to the fact that three other hospitals are located within 10 miles of the Medical Center.
“We are excited by our new focus,” said Ron Vratil, CKMC board chair.
“Just as the Dominican sisters responded when the Great Bend community asked for a hospital in 1903, we are responding today. Medical care and the needs of our community are different now, so we are transforming our health ministry to assure access to health care services for the Great Bend community now and tomorrow.”
CKMC first opened in April 1903 as St. Rose Hospital, named for the Peruvian saint known for her compassion to the sick and poor.
In 1964, St. Rose became Central Kansas Medical Center and a major renovation was completed, incorporating CKMC’s innovative six-story cloverleaf design. The structure was dedicated on March 1, 1964 with an estimated 20,000 visitors in attendance.
The old St. Rose building was eventually demolished in 1993.
CKMC will meet with community, government and civic leaders, local physicians and Great Bend Regional Hospital over the next several weeks to discuss its plans.
“We want to ensure people have access to the medical and health care services they need,” said Tom Fitz, CKMC interim president and CEO.
In addition to urgent care, surgery and cancer services, CKMC will provide physician clinics, imaging, laboratory services, outpatient therapies, home health care, hospice, and a sleep lab. It will operate in two locations, the Heartland Cancer Center and the CKMC campus.
The first lay board for Central Kansas Medical Center was created in 1969 and continues to be a model for governance. The Dominican Sisters, seeing the need to identify new ways to continue their healing ministry while encountering limitations in their human resources, helped to create a new organization, Catholic Health Initiatives, in 1996.
The Dominican Sisters maintain their presence on the CKMC Board of Directors while having an opportunity to influence healthcare on a national level.