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Published on June 23, 2014

Excelsior Springs Hospital and North Kansas City Hospital Announce New Partnership

ESH Board of Trustees Approves Management Agreement with NKCH

ESHThe Excelsior Springs Hospital Board of Trustees voted today to enter into a management agreement with North Kansas City Hospital, effective July 1. Under the terms of the agreement, North Kansas City Hospital (NKCH) will provide operational oversight to Excelsior Springs Hospital (ESH) through the employment of current CEO Sally Nance, who has held the position for 24 years.

"The partnership means that our community will have seamless, local access to NKCH’s extensive network of specialists and services, and the hospital will have access to their financial and operational expertise," said Sally Nance, ESH CEO. NKCH will also provide staffing and employee education to ESH as needed. ESH employees will continue to be employed by ESH.

"We have had a forty year relationship with NKCH and this agreement will continue to strengthen that relationship," said Rich Andrew, ESH Board president. "Collaboration and strategic alliances between community hospitals are important to the continued delivery of local and quality healthcare," added Michael Montgomery, M.D., NKCH Board chairperson.

"The ultimate goal of our partnership has always been to promote health and improve the availability of health services for the communities that we serve," said Peggy Schmitt, NKCH president and CEO. Schmitt will attend ESH Board meetings and participate as an ex officio member of the Board.

About Excelsior Springs Hospital

Excelsior Springs Hospital is comprised of a 25 bed critical access hospital, a 60 bed convalescent center, a 20 bed assisted living facility and a 34 unit independent living facility. ESH offers an around-the-clock physician-staffed emergency room and 14 specialty clinics including cardiology, orthopedics, oncology, podiatry, physiatry, rheumatology, ENT, gastroenterology and pain management. The medical staff includes more than 100 physicians and the hospital employs more than 300 people. Celebrating 110 years of service, ESH provides Excelsior Springs and the surrounding communities with quality healthcare close to home.

About North Kansas City Hospital

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s leading healthcare provider. An acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds, the hospital specializes in cardiac care, cancer care, women’s health, orthopedics and emergency services. NKCH provides its community a lifetime of care, from the level III neonatal intensive unit to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice. The medical staff includes more than 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties.

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