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KU Hospital, Med Center Reach Agreement

By Kelley Weiss

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Kansas City, MO – After 18 months of negotiations the University of Kansas Hospital and the University of Kansas Medical Center have found common ground on plans for expansion and compensation. KCUR's Kelley Weiss reports.

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The agreement between KU Hospital and KU Medical Center calls for hiring more medical residents, building a new outpatient clinic and giving doctors more incentives to come and stay at its campus.

KU Hospital president and chief executive officer, Bob Page, says the plan focuses on collaboration.

Bob Page: "You can't have the best hospital in the country without a great medical school; you can't have the best medical school without a great hospital. We have to work towards that together."

Page says under the proposal the hospital will give the medical center $15 million more a year, up to $46 million. But, before it's finalized, the Kansas Board of Regents and the KU physicians group have to give their approval.

Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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