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Sunflower Health Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary

(October 2, 2014)- The 17 member, 14 county Sunflower Health Network that primarily serves north central Kansas will celebrate 20 years of incorporation in November. The not-for-profit organization works to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery within the region. The organization also provides access to group purchasing, service contracts, physician recruitment, department director education, health insurance and a shared staff pool.

Research for a rural health network in north central Kansas first began in 1993 on the heels of President Bill Clinton's effmis to implement universal health insurance for all Americans. While the measure was eventually defeated, area hospitals still saw value in developing a network that could focus on managed care and integration, finance, planning, information systems, shared technology and services and recruitment and retention.

The Sunflower Health Network was selected as the Rural Health Network ofthe Year in 2011 by the National Cooperative of Health Networks. The network also has conducted several strategic plans impacting public health, provided multiple professional development initiatives and has been instrumental in attracting a number of physicians and mid-level practitioners to the region.

Sunflower Health Network members include Anthony Medical Center, Clay County Medical Center, Cloud County Health Center, Ellswmih County Medical Center, Herington Municipal Hospital, Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Jewell County Hospital, Lincoln County Hospital, Lindsborg Community Hospital, Memorial Health System (Abilene), Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems, Osborne County Memorial Hospital, Ottawa County Health Center, Republic County Hospital, Salina Regional Health Center, Smith County Memorial Hospital and the Central Kansas Foundation.



What is the Sunflower Health Network?

The Sunflower Health Network is a not-for-profit organization that consists of 15 counties located primarily in North Central Kansas. According to the 2005 Census Bureau Data, the total population for this predominately rural area is 179,056. Sunflower Health Network's (SHN) specific purpose is to improve the health status of the population. The 17 member hospitals, in conjunction with their medical staffs, have developed a network that fosters cooperation and coordination. The priority has been to enhance the integration of health related services among the SHN member communities while respecting local autonomy.

Mission
The Sunflower Health Network will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care delivery within the region we serve. This will be accomplished through workforce strategies and education, performance improvement and community health, programs and services, and advocacy.



photo blockSunflower Health Network earns national recognition

(May 19, 2011) – The Sunflower Health Network, Inc., was recognized by the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) as the 2011 Outstanding Health Network of the Year. (See News page for complete article)

The Outstanding Health Network of the Year Award recognizes a network that has improved access to health services in its service area and has improved the coordination of resources for members using particularly innovative and comprehensive approaches. Heather Fuller, Executive Director of the Sunflower Health Network, recently accepted the award at the 17th annual NCHN conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. ~ read more ~



photo blockKansas PCMH Initiative pilot sites announced

(June 21, 2011) - The Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (PCMHI) announces the selection of 8 physician-led practices to participate in the Kansas PCMHI Pilot Project as part of the larger PCMH Initiative. With the official launch scheduled to kick off July 1, 2011, the 24-month Pilot Project will serve as a focal point for health care transformation in the state of Kansas. The selected practices include:

American Medical Practice of Winfield / Augusta Family Practice, PA, Winfield; Cheyenne County Clinic, Cheyenne County Hospital, St. Francis; Ellsworth County Medical Center and Rural Health Clinic, Ellsworth; Mindi S. Garner, D.O., Chartered, Pittsburg; Great Plains of Sabetha, Inc. dba Sabetha Family Practice, Sabetha; Internal Medicine Group, PA, Lawrence; KU Wichita Adult Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita, Medical Practice Association, Wichita; Plainville Medical Clinic, Plainville. ~ read more ~

AMC Open House to Showcase Advanced Technologies
The public is invited to attend an open house at Anthony Medical Center to showcase the recent implementation of advanced technologies in the radiology department. Over the past several months, Anthony Medical Center has been upgrading their radiology department with advanced GE technology. ~ read more ~

Herington Hospital recognized by American Heart Association
The American Heart Association and the Kansas State Stroke Task Force announced that Herington Municipal Hospital is Emergent Stroke Ready and able to adequately care for a stroke patient brought to the facility. ~ read more ~


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