The University of Kansas Hospital has filed plans to expand its presence in Overland Park and build a 60-bed hospital there.
The Overland Park Planning Commission last week unanimously approved the request for a special use permit by The Winbury Group, the developer of the project. The request now goes to the City Council.
The hospital would be located on the southwest corner of 107th Street and Nall Avenue, near an inpatient surgical center operated by KU Hospital that was formerly known as Heartland Surgical Specialty Hospital.
KU took over Heartland’s 42,000 square feet of space in 2012 and hired its non-physician staff of more than 130 people.
The proposed 60-bed hospital, first reported by the Kansas City Business Journal, would be three stories in height and have 118,000 square feet of space.
KU Hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch said the hospital is negotiating with the property owner and won’t have any comment until an agreement is reached.
“The papers filed in Overland Park are to jump start the process if and when we reach agreement,” he said in an email.
Also last week, KU Hospital announced a joint venture with the Rehabilitation Hospital of Overland Park, which is owned by Enola, Pennsylvania-based Post Acute Medical. The hospital, at 5100 Indian Creek Parkway in Overland Park, has a 15-bed brain injury rehabilitation unit as well as other specialty services.
In 2014, KU Hospital opened its own inpatient rehab center just west of its main campus in Kansas City, Kansas. The center has 29 beds.
Dan Margolies, editor of the Heartland Health Monitor team, is based at KCUR. You can reach him on Twitter @DanMargolies.