Stormont Vail Health announces affiliation with Children's Mercy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Stormont Vail Health and Children’s Mercy Kansas City announced Wednesday afternoon their intent to affiliate, bringing advanced pediatric services to Shawnee County and the surrounding areas.

Stormont Vail Health specializes in pediatric specialty services through their Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Endocrinology and more.

Children’s Mercy has been serving patients in Kansas and Missouri for over 100 years and has been named one of the best children’s hospitals in America for five consecutive years by US News & World Report.

Stormont Vail and Children’s Mercy will work together to build on Stormont Vail’s current services and expand to include on-site and telemedicine services from Children’s Mercy.

“Stormont Vail Health has a great foundation when it comes to the investments we have made in pediatric specialty care,” said Robert Kenagy, M.D., CEO and president, Stormont Vail Health. “While recognizing these investments, we know that by partnering with a system like Children’s Mercy we will be able to further advance specialty care, close to home.”Stormont Vail Health partnered with Children’s Mercy in 2019 to provide a pediatric cardiologist at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center. They also provide teleconsulting services and backup pediatric oncology and pediatric ophthalmology services.

“We are excited to work with Stormont Vail to bring the highest level of pediatric care to the children of this region,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “Our two health systems share a common commitment to put patients and families first and, through this new affiliation, we will work to continue to deliver on that promise.”