Avila University Partners with St. Joseph
Medical Center to Operate Campus Health Center
(Kansas City, MO – February 26th, 2018) – Avila University has partnered with St. Joseph Medical Center
(SJMC), to enhance the health services offered on campus. Avila and SJMC
will begin co-operating the college’s on-site student health center
as of August 1, 2018. The partnership combines traditional on-campus care
with expanded access to award winning hospital, specialty care, outpatient
services, and a variety of outreach programs.
The health center was previously operated by an Avila-employed registered
nurse. “Our nurse operated health center was a fantastic resource
for students but, when nurse Carol Frevert decided to retire, we wanted
to look at other options to expand services at the Heath Center,”
said Avila University Assistant Vice President of Student Development
and Success Darby Gough. St. Joseph Medical Center and Avila University
were both founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Both institutions
have kept their Catholic identity and have official agreements in place
with the diocese of Kansas City.
Lorna McCartney, FNP-C, will be the full-time nurse practitioner in the
health center. She is familiar with college level student care and provides
day-to-day oversight for on-campus diagnoses, treatment, and prescription
services for common illnesses and injuries for students and employees
of Avila University.
The health center is a satellite office connected with Kansas City Family
Medical Care, within SJMC and under the direction of consulting physician,
Neal Erickson, MD.
“The move expands services to students, including adding more hours
that the center is open. The main reason for the change at the health
center was to improve service provided to our students and faculty,”
Gough said. “Our top priority, our mission, is our students. Avila
is fortunate to have a neighbor like St. Joseph Medical Center.”
“We are very excited to partner with Avila,” said Jodi Fincher,
SJMC’s Administrator. “We believe this agreement can pave
the way for a much broader relationship to serve the campus and the community.”
One of the benefits of working together is that students with more complex
conditions that require treatment beyond what the health center can provide
will have access to all the services available within the hospital system,
Fincher said. “We will be able to more easily connect students with
other services available in our system in a coordinated model of care”.
About St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Joseph Medical Center is a faith-based, 310-bed hospital providing
a wide range of acute care and outpatient services. Key services include
St. Joseph Heart Institute, Senior Care Services, Breast Center and Joint
and Spine Institute. St. Joseph is a member of Prime Healthcare. Prime
Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100
Top Hospitals” in the nation 38 times and among the “15 Top
Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only "Top
10 Health System" west of the Mississippi. We believe that continuous,
quality of care and performance improvements are the foundation for preserving
and enhancing healthcare delivery. For more information, visit stjosephkc.com.
About Avila University
Avila University, a Catholic University founded and inspired by the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides undergraduate and graduate education
in the liberal arts and professional studies, preparing lifelong learners
who make meaningful contributions to the global community.