CCHC, Salina Regional enter into discussions

Cloud County Health Center has entered into discussions with Salina Regional Health Center to help improve patient care.
Cloud County Health Center and Salina Regional have agreed to retain the services of a consulting company to explore areas of cooperation in patient care, as well as potential models of alignment.
"We are blessed to be a strong organization and able to look to the years ahead and determine what are the best options for our patients, community and health center," said Don Bates, president and chief executive officer of Cloud County Health Center.
Bates said that a majority of patients in the hospital's service area choose Salina Regional for specialized care.
"It only makes sense that we explore increasing our partnership with Salina Regional," he said. "The months ahead will be exciting as we consider ways to enhance health care for patients."
Both Salina Regional and Cloud County Health Center are primary providers for the Concordia area. Bates said the focus of discussions will be on how patient care can be coordinated and improved.
"We are excited about the opportunity to explore cooperation to increase and improve health care services to patients and families in the Salina and Concordia areas well into the future," said Michael Terry, chief executive officer of Salina Regional Health Center.
Consulting services will be provided by Marty Ekrem, founder and president of Vaquero Health Resources. Ekrem has more than 30 years of health care executive experience. Most recently, he was vice president of outreach services at Via Christi Health and president of Via Christi Solutions. He was responsible for developing and managing an array of clinical and business service offerings on behalf of Via Christi Health to non-Via Christi entities and its associated hospitals and physicians throughout Kansas.

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