Stormont Vail Health working with St. Francis Health on transition plan


(Topeka, Kan., April 18, 2017) – On Monday, leaders from SCL Health and Stormont Vail Health met to discuss transition plans for St. Francis Health. Stormont Vail agreed to engage in evaluating what could be done to keep St. Francis open.

“The care we provide has not and is not determined by our competition, but by our desire to do what is best for the communities we serve. And now, more than ever, our community needs us,” said Randy Peterson, Stormont Vail Health president and chief executive officer. “We are prepared to step forward to help keep services open and operational at St. Francis.”

Whatever the outcome, Stormont Vail will work with St. Francis and SCL Health through this transition in order to have the least amount of disruption to the community’s health care. This transition will not happen over night, but will take a concerted effort from all health care organizations in the community.

“As a member of this community since 1884, Stormont Vail Health has experienced many changes in health care in our community. Our commitment to provide compassionate, high-quality and integrated care through collaboration remains the same,” Peterson continued. “Change is a part of health care and we are equipped to adapt and expand, and have continued to do this throughout the years so that we can provide the highest level of care to the communities we also call home.”

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About Stormont Vail Health:

Stormont Vail Health is a nonprofit integrated health care system that has been serving the health care needs of northeast Kansas for more than 130 years. It is comprised of Stormont Vail Health, a 586-bed acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 250 physicians. More than 4,800 employees provide care and support services for patients in the hospital and 27 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Digestive Health Center, Pediatrics clinics and multiple regional primary care clinics. Stormont Vail Health is committed to its mission of improving the health of the community by providing high quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art equipment in convenient, comfortable facilities for patients and families.