Eleanor Sullivan, KU School of Nursing Dean (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. 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.
On March 25, 1994, the University of Kansas School of Nursing Corporation was officially recognized
by the State of Kansas and County of Wyandotte.
In October of 1995, the KU School of Nursing, Inc. became a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
In 1999, Michael Bleich, RN, PhD was hired as the executive director of KU School of Nursing, Inc.
On March 24, 2000, the corporation was reorganized as KU HealthPartners, Inc.,
and included the School of Health Professions faculty practitioners.
KU HealthPartners was named "Practice of the Year" by the National Organization of Nurse
In July of 2006, KU HealthPartners acquired the management and operation of Silver City Health Center (SCHC)
in the Argentine community of Kansas City, Kansas. SCHC is the region's only academic nurse-managed health center.
Pivotal to achieving top-level clinical performance and patient outcomes, KU HealthPartners begins to offer
continuing education programs through three annual series: Deep Discovery, Emerging Trends, and Clinical Wizards.
In 1994, there were four nursing contracts which generated $55,358 in revenue. In 2008, there were
30 nursing and allied health (now health professions) contracts which generated $1,845,273 in revenue.