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Northland Healthcare Changes Draw Interest

May 2018

Northland healthcare is likely to see more changes according to a recent cover story by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Dramatic changes in the Northland healthcare environment were the subject of a recent cover story in the Kansas City Business Journal.

The April 20 edition of the publication featured “KC health systems look to Northland for growth” by reporter Elise Reuter. Noting the recent purchase of Mosaic Life Care centers by the Saint Luke’s Health System, the article projects a dynamic market for the area, “…ripe for development.”

The article attributed the investment by Mosaic, based in St. Joseph, in part to the relative affluence of Clay and Platte counties, which “…have poverty rates lower than all but Johnson County among their metro-area peers” and low numbers of uninsured patients. The two Northland counties are also the two fastest growing in Greater Kansas City.

EDC Connection

Because of the trends indicated in this article and other developments, the EDC has created a new Health Care Futures Task Force to work on behalf of the industry and maximizing opportunities in Clay County. The group, part of the EDC's Strategic Initiative, held its first meeting April 24 with Mike West, facilitator, and Gary Zaborak as chair.

Mosaic’s sale of six clinics in December 2017 and closure of the remaining two is seen in the article as the likely start of other changes to the Northland healthcare market.

With the Mosaic purchase, Saint Luke’s has moved from three Northland locations to 12. Expansion and addition by North Kansas City and Liberty hospitals have also been under way for several years. North Kansas City Hospital’s subsidiary Meritas Health has nearly 30 medical clinics, including a series of Meritas express clinics opening at Hy-Vee stores in the Northland. Liberty Hospital has opened new clinics and an urgent-care facility and put specialty services closer to patients for a total of eight locations plus its main campus. Liberty’s main campus is also adjacent to its partner Norterre and its new multi-generational community.

Other major Northland healthcare entities include the University of Kansas Health System, which has cardiology practices in Liberty, as well as St. Joseph. HCA Midwest, the region’s other major hospital player, has so far remained primarily south of the river.

In addition to human services, healthcare is also one of the largest employers in Clay County and the Northland.

The full article is available at this link.

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