Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health and Stanton County Hospital, Johnson City, Kan., have signed an affiliation agreement expected to allow the hospital to expand clinical services.
The hospital is Centura's fourth affiliate in Kansas and the 11th independent affiliate to join its network. Stanton is a publicly owned facility, while Centura is a 15-hospital system jointly sponsored by Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System, based in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Leadership from St. Catherine Hospital, a Centura Facility in Garden City, Kan., will work with the hospital on taming costs related to capital expenditures, group purchasing and supplies, among other expenses, according to a news release. Physicians from both organizations are expected to also share clinical best practices.
Stanton is licensed for 18 acute-care beds and also has 25 long-term-care beds, according to its website.
“In order to remain a sustainable hospital, we see great opportunities and benefits from the additional resources and cost savings that this affiliation will bring,” said Stanton County Hospital CEO Jay Tusten in a statement. “We look forward to the collaboration, and a bright future focused on quality patient care in the area we serve.”
Late last year, Centura signed a deal with DaVita HealthCare Partners to create a joint venture that will employ healthcare IT, data analysis and care coordination to engage in risk-based contracts with health plans that include financial incentives to manage healthcare costs and quality.