Today Judge Shane Alexander of the Clay County Circuit Court issued a ruling to stop the city of North Kansas City from selling North Kansas City Hospital for the duration of the litigation between the city and the hospital. Judge Alexander also ruled that the city is not barred from appointing new members to the hospital’s Board of Trustees, nor from changing city ordinance to expand the size of the board.
The ruling was made in response to a motion filed by the Board of Trustees of North Kansas City Hospital that was argued in Judge Alexander’s court last week. The motion is part of the hospital’s lawsuit to obtain judicial confirmation that the city does not have the authority to sell the hospital under Missouri law.
“We are pleased that Judge Alexander has stopped the city from taking any direct action to sell the hospital,” said Peggy Schmitt, President & CEO of North Kansas City Hospital. “We are optimistic that any new board members appointed by the city will support the continuation of North Kansas City Hospital as a community hospital.”
At the hearing, the city’s attorneys said there was a strong likelihood that the city will amend its ordinance to increase the size of the board from 11 to 15 trustees. Late this afternoon, the North Kansas City Council posted on its website the intent to discuss the approval of eight new members to the hospital’s Board of Trustees. The city has not appointed a new trustee since 2009.
About North Kansas City Hospital: For 55 years, North Kansas City Hospital has been at the forefront of providing medical care in the Northland. The Hospital is an acute-care facility with 451-licensed beds with specialties in cardiac care, oncology, women’s health, orthopedics and emergency services. They provide a full continuum of care from the highest level of neonatal intensive care to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs to home health and hospice. The medical staff includes over 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. North Kansas City Hospital is the first hospital in Missouri and one of only a few hospitals in the country to receive the Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center accreditation from the American Heart Association. In addition, the Hospital is an accredited Level III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, a major trauma center for emergency care and rated as one of the busiest adult/pediatric emergency departments in Kansas City. For more information, contact North Kansas City Hospital at 2800 Clay Edwards Dr., North Kansas City, MO 64116, on the web at nkch.org, at 816-691-2000 or follow the Hospital on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.