North Kansas City Hospital opts out of statewide Vizient partnership

Posted at 2:29 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 15:29:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At least one Kansas City-area hospital has opted out of a statewide partnership that is expected to help alleviate staffing issues.

A spokesperson for North Kansas City Hospital told 41 Action News the site “has respectfully declined to participate in the state’s staffing partnership” with Vizient, a national health care performance company.

NKC Hospital was one of three metro hospitals named in the partnership, which Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced last week. Saint Luke’s Health System and Liberty Hospital also were named.

A Saint Luke’s Health System spokesperson said last week that the hospital has not yet committed to the program.

More than 700 health care workers are expected to bring relief to 12 hospitals throughout the state because of the relationship with Vizient.