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History of Patterson Health Center

Question: What prompted the discussion for a merger?
Answer: In 2012, a community health needs assessment was conducted by the Harper County Health Department. The town hall meeting identified and ranked the needs as:
1. Service/Referral Integration between Harper Hospital and Anthony Medical Center
2. Drugs and Alcohol
3. Training for EMT’s and Dispatch
4. Lack of Family Support for Kids
5. Physical Therapy 7 days a week

The full report can be accessed on the Harper County Health Department website: Click HERE

Question: How did the boards respond to the assessment?

Answer: Working with both HH#5 and AMC CEO’s, Bill Widener and Bryant Anderson, a study for a consolidation/merger was prepared by BKD. BKD is the accounting firm that prepares the annual meeting financial statements for both entities. The study was presented to both boards on December 17, 2013. The study reviewed the issues facing the boards for consolidation/merger. A new facility option was a part of this study. Before the presentation, the boards had met jointly, toured both facilities, established quarterly meetings, and discussed options for cooperation.

Question:  When did a new facility become an option?

Answer:  The two boards were discussing various options including a new facility following the BKD study.   In August 2014 they were approached by Via Christi, representing Neal Patterson, co-founder of Cerner and Anthony High School graduate, to create a new model of rural health care.  This project was to be in partnership with his family foundation, Cerner, and other health professional organizations.  The boards chose to pursue this unbelievable opportunity as Neal promised to serve as the primary benefactor for this project.

A study by Leavitt Partners was conducted to make sure a new facility would be financially sustainable.  Leavitt Partners used both qualitative and quantitative data to determine the viability of this project.  Local county commissioners, city representatives, chamber members, hospital board members, and hospital CEO’s were interviewed.  The results indicated a merger of the two hospital districts would be the best option.

History of Patterson Health Center

Please enjoy the video below to explain how this process began and continues.



The final piece of structural steel is installed!

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