Two Kansas Hospitals Undergo Surgery


Prime Healthcare Services recently acquired two Kansas City area hospitals, and in order to raise the bar for health care, one of its first steps was to literally raise the roof.

Providence Medical Center has provided up-to-date, affordable healthcare to residents of downtown Kansas City, Kan., and the surrounding areas for more than 90 years. Those of you who drive past the familiar building may have seen some crane construction. “So, what’s going on there?” you ask.

Last spring, national health care organization Prime Healthcare Services purchased Providence Medical Center and Leavenworth’s Saint John Hospital. When it acquired these two hospitals, Prime Healthcare Services pledged to provide at least $10 million over the next five years to support capital and other investment projects.

The current renovations will replace a total of almost 50,000 square feet of roofing on both of the hospital buildings for $1.2 million. Local roofing contractor Delta Innovative Services has been executing the project and aims to complete fixing both hospitals’ roofs by early fall.

Prime Healthcare has already planned out several other renovations for both hospitals. For example, the building exteriors will receive illuminated LED signage of the Prime logo.

Top: Construction at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. Photo by Pat McBratney Above: The entry to Saint John’s Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.

However, each hospital also has specific upgrades planned. Saint John Hospital will receive an upgraded fire safety system, electrical distribution system and air handler unit in the Intensive Care Unit and safety improvements in the Saint John Senior Behavioral Health Center.

Providence Medical Center will gain a retrofit food tray conveyor system and a more efficient parking lot and sidewalk system. Also, a new heating and cooling system will be installed into the Medical Office Building at Providence Medical Center.

Many of these projects have already begun being implemented, but there is still much more work to be done as far as Prime Healthcare Services is concerned.

One man who has taken a leadership role in ensuring these renovations occur smoothly is Dave Dulny. He’s worked at Providence Medical Center since 1989. After recently being appointed CFO, Dulny now oversees Saint John Hospital, Providence Medical Center and its skilled nursing facility, Providence Place.

“Prime has given Providence and Saint John a second chance to serve the community,” says Dulny. “I want to be actively involved in the turnaround of these hospitals.”

Prime Healthcare acquired these two acute care hospitals with the intent to physically improve them, but is also working toward bettering the hospital’s care, environment and ease of use.

“Prime Healthcare’s motto is saving hospitals, saving jobs and saving lives, and we expect to continue that in Kansas,” says Prem Reddy, chairman, president and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services.

Both hospitals already have high standards of care, and joining a Reuters’ recognized “Top 15 Health System” will only increase these standards. The construction projects at Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital will not only allow Prime Healthcare Services to expand, it will also improve the level of health care available throughout the Kansas City, Kansas and Leavenworth areas.

- Story by Alex Sher