Feb. 17, 2010
Kansas Spine Hospital, Galichia Heart Hospital Now Part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Wichita-area Provider Network
Recognizing that Kansans value choice when it comes to selecting their health care partners, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas took steps in 2009 to expand its hospital network in the Wichita area for 2010. The network expansion continued when Kansas Spine Hospital and Galichia Heart Hospital each signed agreements to join the Blue Cross network effective Jan. 1, 2010, according to Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO.
“Adding both Kansas Spine and Galichia Heart as contracting providers strengthens our Wichita-area network and gives our members access to two quality facilities,” Corbin said. “Kansas Spine has built a strong reputation as one of the area’s leading neurosurgery and orthopedic centers, offering patients an outstanding facility and knowledgeable medical staff.
“Galichia has become one of the area’s top cardiac care hospitals behind its experienced medical team, investment in technology and focus on the patient experience,” he said, “and also offers Wichita an additional option for emergency services.”
Kansas Spine Hospital is a 38-bed subspecialty hospital providing superior spine and orthopedic care.
“KSH is dedicated to serving the needs of our patients with the area’s leading surgeons and a dedicated nursing staff,” said Thomas Schmitt, CEO. “Our focus on spine and orthopedic services allows for better patient outcomes, faster recovery time and decreased length of stay.”
Galichia Heart Hospital is an 82-bed full-service hospital with an emergency department and a longstanding commitment to provide the highest level of cardiac and acute-care services to patients.
"Now more than ever, hospitals in Sedgwick County are competing on quality of service and we think it's important for patients to have a choice," said Stephen Harris, chief executive officer. "Galichia hospital may not be the largest hospital in Sedgwick County, but we are among the best."
Blue Cross is the state’s largest insurer with more than 110,000 members in Sedgwick County. Blue Cross members in the Wichita area can now maximize their benefits by choosing to receive covered services at any of the following contracting providers: Galichia Heart Hospital, Kansas Heart Hospital, Kansas Spine Hospital, Via Christi Regional Medical Center or Wesley Medical Center.
“We are confident that the Wichita market is one in which we can continue to grow,” Corbin said. “To put Blue Cross in the best position to grow, we knew we needed to move away from the days of having one exclusive hospital contract to an era marked by members having the ability to choose between a wide array of high-quality facilities.”
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSKS is the state's largest health insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.
About Kansas Spine Hospital
Kansas Spine Hospital is an extraordinary blend of advanced technology and unparalleled care. Together with their experienced staff, they set a new standard for comprehensive spine and specialty surgery. When you come to Kansas Spine Hospital you will be welcomed by a staff of nationally renowned neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, orthopedic surgeons, and anesthesiologist. Kansas Spine Hospital provides better nurse to patient ratio, all private rooms, and compassionate care, resulting in a superior experience. Their radiology department has the only 3-Tesla MRI in the area.
About Galichia Heart Hospital
Galichia Heart Hospital is an 82-bed full-service, acute care hospital located in Wichita. With a staff of more than 150 physicians, the hospital is committed to world class care and improved efficiency in all areas of patient treatment and care. Specialties include cardiology, interventional cardiology, diagnostic radiology, nephrology, emergency medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, interventional vascular medicine, gastroenterology, orthopedics, general surgery, sleep disorders, internal medicine, family practice and endocrinology.
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