KANSAS CITY, Kan.—
The University of Kansas Cancer Center, part of the University of Kansas Hospital, has completed its acquisition of Kansas City (Mo.) Cancer Center for undisclosed terms, according to a news release. KU Hospital acquired the KCCC’s 10 sites in the deal. Nonphysician employees of KCCC are now employees of KU Hospital, and 27 physicians from KCCC have joined the University of Kansas School of Medicine faculty. No job cuts resulted from the deal, according to the release. A total of 52 medical and radiation oncologists will work at the combined cancer center’s 12 sites. US Oncology’s affiliation with the KCCC will continue in part. Patients will continue to have access to clinical trials run by US Oncology, which was acquired last year by McKesson Corp., and US Oncology will provide some software to the combined cancer center, according to the release. The deal was announced in March.
Catholic Health Initiatives will acquire the Nebraska Heart Hospital, a 52-bed, physician-owned facility, and the Nebraska Heart Institute, a 29-physician affiliated practice. The deal is expected to close around Aug. 1. No financial terms were disclosed. A nonbinding letter of intent leading up to the agreement was signed in February. The hospital and the physician group will retain their names, but they will become part of the Physician Network, a 160-provider organization wholly owned by CHI Nebraska, and Nebraska Heart will become the fifth hospital in the CHI Nebraska system, according to a news release. The physicians will become CHI employees.
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has dealt a blow to competing proposals for a new hospital in McHenry County. The board issued an “intent to deny” to applications from Centegra Health System and Mercy Health System, according to 183-bed Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, which has opposed the hospital proposals. Centegra called for building a 128-bed, $233 million hospital in Huntley. Mercy proposed a 128bed, $200 million hospital in Crystal Lake, reported a sister publication of The state board said last month that only 118 beds are needed in the area, including 27 obstetric beds and eight intensive-care beds. Each proposed hospital would have 100 general hospital beds, more than the staff’s predicted demand of 83 beds. The state board determined that existing nearby hospitals are already operating below the board’s target occupancy, and clinical services that the new hospitals would offer would undercut existing providers that are not operating at full capacity. The reports were a boost to opponents of the proposals, including Good Shepherd and several regional medical centers serving northern Kane and southeastern McHenry counties. The hospital proposals could be back on the state board’s agenda as early as August.