Health Care Checkup: ‘Healthy KC’ companies honored, Life Care moves regional HQ

The Health Care Checkup is a weekly rundown of the state’s top health care headlines.

Photo courtesy of Mark Nester/Flickr
Photo courtesy of Mark Nester/Flickr

Checking the Pulse

Chamber honors 47 Healthy KC Companies

The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City honored 47 area companies as Certified Healthy KC Companies, in recognition of their efforts to create a workplace focused on health and wellness. Based on levels of achievement across four pillars of health, including nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and work/life integration, companies were categorized into gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention. Twelve companies were named in the gold category: ARC Physical Therapy +, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Greater Kansas City, CBIZ, Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, the City of Kansas City, Kansas City Public Schools, Juntos, Minute Movement, Pro Athlete, Inc., Retina Associates, Truman Medical Centers and the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Life Care moves division headquarters to St. Louis

Life Care Centers of America, a nursing home company headquartered nationally in Cleveland, Tenn., has recently moved its central division headquarters to Creve Coeur from Indianapolis. The new office will oversee operations of the company’s 35 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Missouri, Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. Life Care says the move will reduce travel time for division-level personnel, and allow them to travel to the facility more frequently.

Shawnee Mission Medical Center begins renovation

Shawnee Mission Medical Center in suburban Kansas City has started a $25 million remodeling project, as a part of a master plan for the health system’s main hospital in Merriam, Kan. The renovations include new food-service areas and offices, a new birthing center and a conference center. The construction is expected to finish before fall 2016.

Tweet of the week

“Today’s decision is a victory for every hardworking American. Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege.”

– President Barack Obama tweeting about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Health Care Law Thursday, which upheld a major provision of his health care overhaul. In a 6-3 ruling, the court sent a clear message that the health care is to stay. The decision means that millions of low- and middle-income Americans, including about 200,000 Missourians, will continue to get government subsidies for their health insurance bills.

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