May 17, 2019
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Stormont Vail Health announced today that they plan to partner together to financially support the downtown revitalization efforts.
The two organizations are sharing sponsorship of the plaza's video screen. In addition, Blue Cross and Stormont will initiate and support programming that brings the community together around health and wellness events, such as weekly exercise classes, health fairs, youth-focused programs, and support of 5k and other activities that take place on Kansas Avenue.
Both organizations have a long history in Topeka and a devotion to ensuring the health and well-being of the communities they serve. As two of the largest employers in Topeka, both organizations see this sponsorship as a great way to partner with other leading businesses to help move Topeka forward both through the physical and economic health of the community.
"Evergy Plaza is an exciting addition to downtown Topeka that will provide a new type of gathering place for residents," said Matt All, BCBSKS president and chief executive officer. "Our commitment to downtown Topeka is 77 years strong, and we want to do our part to help Topeka be a thriving and vibrant capital city. Amenities like Evergy Plaza will make Topeka a more livable city for residents of all ages, and will get downtown Topeka moving."
"Stormont Vail's contribution will be an investment in the health and wellness of the community," Rob Kenagy, M.D., president and chief executive officer, said. "The downtown revitalization is a pivotal project for both the economic development of our city and the development of partnerships around a common focus of community health improvement."
For more than 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit bcbsks.com.
Stormont Vail Health is a nonprofit integrated health system that has been serving the health care needs of Kansas for more than 130 years. It is composed of Stormont Vail Hospital, a 586-bed acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 500 providers, which includes more than 250 physicians. Nearly 5,100 employees provide care and support services for patients in the hospital and 35 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Digestive Health Center, Pediatrics clinics and 10 regional primary care clinics. Stormont Vail Health is committed to its mission of improving the health of the community by being a national leader in providing compassionate, high-quality and efficient integrated care through collaboration that results in a healthier community.
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