KU HealthPartners was originally incorporated in 1994 as "KU School of Nursing Inc." In 1999, the name was changed to reflect the partnership with the School of Health Professions. Today, KUHP is a vibrant and growing clinical enterprise that functions as an integral part of these two schools of the KU Medical Center.
The organization offers to the Greater Kansas City area the opportunity for direct access to professional advanced practice nursing and health professions services. In addition to basic primary care services, KUHP has a unique focus on health promotion and optimal human functioning which is holistically provided and client-centered. A strong commitment exists to provide evidence-based care and to measuring and promoting positive client outcomes.
Eleanor Sullivan (right), dean of the KU School of Nursing (1988-1995) developed the first organized effort to provide an avenue for the faculty to continue in clinical practice and serve as a revenue source for the school.
In 1993, Betty Smith-Campbell, a master's-prepared community health nurse, developed practice sites and contracts for School of Nursing faculty while George Gunderson, director of business affairs, developed the business practices for the organization. The first contract for services was with Johnson County Community College to provide health services for their students. Vicki Hicks, RN, MS, ARNP, was the first faculty member to provide services for a contract with the practice corporation.
March 1994: The University of Kansas School of Nursing Corporation is officially recognized by the State of Kansas and Wyandotte County.
October 1995: The KU School of Nursing, Inc. becomes a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
March 2000: The corporation is reorganized as KU HealthPartners, Inc., to include School of Health Professions faculty practitioners.
2002: KU HealthPartners is named "Practice of the Year" by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
July 2006: KU HealthPartners acquires the management and operation of Silver City Health Center. Located in the Argentine community of Kansas City, Kan., the clinic is the region's only academic nurse-managed health center.
2009: KUHP's Silver City Health Center is granted Patient-centered Medical Home Status. This model of care emphasizes multidisciplinary coordination and continuity of integrated care that is achieved with the active engagement of patients, their families, and caregivers, in collaboration with the patient's provider.
2013: Revenues for the year top $2.3M, compared to just more than $55K generated in 1994.
June 2012: Nutrition Clinic at KU Med opens.
August 2017: Driving and Mobility Services clinic opens at KU Medical Center.
January 2018: Silver City Health Center joined with two other clinics in Wyandotte County to form a new organization, Vibrant Health-Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.
July 2019: Following a re-organization, the School of Health Professions takes over sole management of KU HealthPartners, Inc.
KU HealthPartners, Inc. and its clinics are committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion or creed, sex, including marital status, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, gender expression and gender identity. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY. http://ioa.ku.edu
Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.