June 17, 2011
Call me crazy, but I think I may have uncovered some sort of theme in regional health care news over the past week:
- On June 13, North Kansas City Hospital unveiled a $16 million expansion plan for its emergency medicine department. Its emergency facilities would nearly double from 18,000 to 31,000 square feet and would expand emergency capacity from 65,000 to 80,000 patients annually.
- On June 14th, the University of Kansas Medical Center announced that it had been awarded a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. It will fund efforts to translate therapies from promising laboratory processes to treatment methods over the next five years. KU was one of only five medical centers nationwide to receive the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2011.
- On June 15, Truman Medical Center announced that Grandma’s Alzheimer Fund had donated $120,000 to its Foundation; annual distributions from the grant will go to support Truman’s Lakewood Hospital’s Alzheimer Unit
- On June 16, the University of Kansas received an anonymous $4 million gift to fund spinal cord injury research. The money will pay for the efforts of two groups of researchers at the Medical Center’s Institute for Neurological Disorders.
Strategic thinking, world-class medical and competitive skill, outstanding generosity, whether public or very private – all combined for a memorable week in regional health care. May there be many more such weeks as summer wears on!