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EmCare plans to terminate its contract to staff Hutchinson hospital’s ER

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, June 27, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.

The emergency room staffing company that recently told Wesley Medical Center physicians that they have to become employees or leave has notified Hutchinson Regional Medical Center it is terminating its contract with that hospital.

EmCare has been staffing emergency room physicians at the Hutchinson hospital.

It will terminate its contract effective Sept. 15, according a news release from the medical center.

Hutchinson Regional officials declined an interview about the contract.

The news release said the decision by EmCare was based on “financial considerations and its difficulty in recruiting sufficient Emergency Department physicians in order to fulfill its contracts in Kansas.”

The hospital will be able to keep emergency room physicians, hospitalists and midlevels who came to the hospital through EmCare.

The termination comes as Hutchinson’s hospital undergoes a $6.2 million renovation of its emergency department, which is expected to be completed by January 2015 and will more than double its size, The Eagle previously reported.

Dallas-based EmCare works in more than 500 hospitals nationwide. It has more than 7,000 affiliated physicians and clinicians, according to its website.

Ron Cunningham, director of communications with Envision Healthcare Corporation, which is over EmCare, said the company does not comment publicly on its contracts.

Earlier this month, the private physicians group that staffs Wesley Medical Center’s emergency room was told that its employees would need to become employees of EmCare by the beginning of September or lose their jobs at the hospital.

That group, Emergency Services Professional Association, is still in negotiations to keep its current contract at the hospital. ESPA officials said the group has worked with Wesley for nearly 50 years.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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