Children’s Mercy, KU Med work to combine programs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., are moving closer to combining their pediatric program.

The hospitals announced in a joint news release that Children’s Mercy has been named the primary teaching hospital for University of Kansas Medical Center students. Pediatrics programs at both institutions will be overseen by Dr. Michael Artman.

Plans to develop a single, integrated pediatric program were first announced in December 2012.

Artman says the partnership will give patients and families greater access to high-quality clinical care. Artman also says medical students and residents will learn from the best in the field, and physicians and researchers will be able to consult and collaborate more easily.

The two institutions already collaborate on training, clinical trials and pediatric research.

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