Thursday, February 21, 2013

Snow leads to schedule changes for clinics at KU Hospital

News Release

The University of Kansas Hospital remains open and will remain open for patient care during the current snowstorm, according to Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.

However, Peterman said the snowstorm has led the hospital to close many clinical offices throughout the metro area:
  • The hospital’s network of Jayhawk Primary Care offices are closed today. Patients are being notified.
  • The hospital’s evening Urgent Care clinics in Westwood, Gladstone, Kansas City, Kansas and KU MedWest in Shawnee will be closed tonight.
  • Mid-America Cardiology clinics will all be closed by early afternoon, with patients being notified.
  • Cancer services will be available as needed for patients.  Cancer patients with appointments are being contacted to determine if a clinic visit is needed.
“Our mission is to keep our patients healthy, and it does not make sense to risk their health by driving in a major snowstorm to get to a non-critical appointment.  Our staff is prepared to stay as long as it takes to help any patient with critical care needs and our hospital, emergency department and trauma services are open every hour of every day to respond to any critical situation,” said Peterman.

Peterman said the hospital will assess the situation again for patients with Friday appointments.

The University of Kansas Physicians decided earlier to close all its clinics today.  Patients with appointments are being notified.