Central Kansas Medical Center, Great Bend, will cease inpatient care and change its name to St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, according to a news release. The 61-bed hospital is part of Catholic Health Initiatives, Denver.
The change is prompted by the shift of services to outpatient settings, which cover 80% of the services offered at the hospital already, according to the release. The hospital has been averaging about eight patients staying overnight per day. Between the main campus and a cancer center, services will include urgent care, surgery, cancer care, physician clinics, imaging, a laboratory and other services.
The name reflects the original St. Rose Hospital that eventually became Central Kansas Medical Center, according to the release.
CHI tried to close what was then St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in nearby Larned, Kan., in 2009. A local group fought the closure and sought to take over the facility and its critical-access status. CHI relented and handed it over in March 2010 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Kansas attorney general. The 55-bed hospital, renamed Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, is managed under contract by Hays (Kan.) Medical Center.