Leaders from Children’s Mercy and Olathe Medical Center have agreed to work together to provide an enhanced level of pediatric services for children in Southwest Johnson County and the surrounding areas.
Planning for the services is still in its early stages, but most likely will consist of a new facility at Olathe Medical Park (the Olathe Medical Center Campus) to complement the expansive pediatric primary care network of Olathe Health System. The new facility is initially expected to offer pediatric urgent care and pediatric specialty clinics provided by Children’s Mercy.
This announcement comes as a new obstetrics wing is under construction at Olathe Medical Center. The new Birth Place will include a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and all the latest technology and amenities for labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum care.
“We continue to be impressed with Olathe Medical Center’s extraordinary commitment to patient care and its dedication to bringing the very best in medical services to its community,” said Randall L. O’Donnell, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Mercy. “We are delighted by this opportunity to work alongside Olathe Medical to bring additional pediatric specialty services to the area.”
With hospitals in Kansas City and Overland Park, Children’s Mercy is consistently ranked as of one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by US News and World Report. Children’s Mercy also is one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide to receive Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care. Last year, Children’s Mercy treated more than 82,000 area children in its three urgent care centers and saw more than 275,000 patient visits in its pediatric specialty clinics located throughout the metro area and across Missouri and Kansas.
The planning process will begin in September when the timeline for the project will be set.