Daily Archives: Jan. 25, 2013

Cypress Heart to leave Kansas Medical Center for Heartland Cardiology

UPDATED — Cypress Heart, which has been with the Kansas Medical Center for a year and a half, is merging with Heartland Cardiology in April.

“That will make us the largest cardiology group in Wichita,” says Heartland administrator Jane Robinson. “We’re excited about that.”

The groups have considered merging in the past.

“We have a lot of things that we have mutually done together in the past,” says Roger Evans, a Cypress physician.

Heartland, which has eight physicians, has a main office at 551 N. Hillside. It also is on the west side at 8710 W. 13th.

Cypress Heart, which has six physicians, is at 9300 E. 29th St. North, which is where will it remain. At least three of its physicians are joining Heartland, two may stay with the Kansas Medical Center and one may leave Wichita.

“Part of the reason, really, we did this was to be ready for the new changes in health care,” says Heartland physician Assem Farhat. “That was also a driving force to try to provide more comprehensive and better services and more efficient … patient-centered care.”

Evans says it makes more sense for Cypress physicians to be affiliated with other physicians instead of a hospital, such as the Kansas Medical Center.

“It hasn’t worked out as well as we hoped,” he says.

“It’s just a vision for how to expand and grow the practice,” he says. “Hospitals, their primary goal is to have people in the hospitals. … Their vision was more along the lines of how to make the hospital grow best.”

Cypress physician Hussam Farhoud says the practice now will be entirely controlled by cardiologists.

“It will be more efficient,” he says. “We’ll have (more) physician input in the practice.”

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Is Dillons adding a gas station at 21st and Amidon? Employees say yes

WICHITA — Officially, Dillons is mum about whether it’s putting a fueling center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

Unofficially, employees are telling customers it’s coming.

The former Twin Lakes Liquor store, which was on the corner in front of the store, was demolished this week.

About this time last year, after the liquor store had been closed for a while, shoppers started wondering if a gas station might be coming.

At the time, Dillons spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie said, “I can tell you that we’re always exploring options when it comes to how we can expand fuel for our customers because it’s something they tell us they enjoy about shopping with us, but unfortunately at this time I would be unable to confirm future plans for that location.”

Lowrie is out this week, and a Dillons representative says no one else is authorized to speak on behalf of the company.

No one else may be authorized, but that’s not stopping employees at the store from freely discussing it with customers.

We’ll check with Lowrie to officially confirm next week.