“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.”
Cypress will still provide services at the medical center.
“We’re all friends,” Evans says. “We’re going to keep going to Kansas Medical Center.”
Farhat says part of the appeal of the merger is now Heartland will be able to cover areas around the state and not just the hospitals in Wichita.
Cypress has a network of clinics that provide services to smaller markets.
“We have a very strong outreach program,” Evans says. “They need an outreach program. That was what originally started us thinking (about merging) some time ago.”
Farhat says Cypress also has expertise in ventricular assist device management. He says the Cypress physicians like things about Heartland, too.
“They like the quality of our work, the quality of our group,” he says. “We found out the two groups really … can complement each other.”