LEAWOOD, Kan. — By the end of 2018, seven community "mini-hospitals" will be in full operation across the Kansas City area.
Dr. Marc Larsen with St. Luke’s says this is a big goal for the hospital.
“Our goal is to provide increased access to the patient. The focus of these facilities is all about he patient experience with the guarantee to see a physician within ten minutes,” said Dr. Larsen.
Three weeks ago St. Luke’s opened its Leawood Community Hospital location.
Dr. Larsen says these facilities are fully operational unlike some pop-up emergency room businesses.
“This is a full scale hospital with inpatient services. This is what separates us from free standing emergency rooms in the metro,” said Dr. Larsen.
In 2018, the hospital will open locations at the Legends, north Overland Park near 75th and Marty, Roeland Park near Roe and Johnson Drive, south Olathe near 135th and Blackbob, south Overland Park near 159th and 69 Highway and in Shawnee near Lackman and Shawnee Mission Road.
“The St. Luke’s Community Hospital works with the same insurance network that the Plaza location works with," said Dr. Larsen. "It is important to note, regardless of an inability to pay, we treat all patients.”
When it comes to emergency situations, Dr. Larsen says they are in talks with local emergency agencies.
“We will accept ambulances. We have met with the local providers and they know what we can and cannot do," said Dr. Larsen.