Formed in March when executives of eight hospitals signed a "memorandum of understanding" to develop a network for joint planning and contracting. An organizational structure hasn't been adopted yet.
Appears to be casting itself as the provider of the area's best medical care, a network that puts patients' "health first." Its name, selected last week, also plays off the prestigious Mid America Heart Institute of 528-bed Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.
Also includes 301-bed Bethany Medical Center; 159-bed Children's Mercy Hospital; 153-bed Liberty Hospital; 250-bed Saint Joseph Health Center; 147-bed Saint Luke's Northland Hospital; 207-bed St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs; and 325-bed Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Has perhaps 37% of metropolitan-area admissions, according to rough estimates.