Health care coalition, roundtable to merge

12/26/2013 10:14 AM

12/26/2013 10:14 AM

The Sedgwick County Health Care Roundtable and the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care have agreed to merge into one organization, the groups announced Thursday.

The coalition will be the succeeding organization.

The groups said discussion of a merger started more than a year ago.

The roundtable, which is 35 years old, operates an annual conference in which hundreds of employers and leaders meet to discuss ways to improve health care and lower costs. Those goals are similar to the goals of the coalition, which comprises a membership of 50 employers, providers and insurers but has been in existence only since 2008.

“I think our missions have become much more similar than what they started out to be,” Janet Hamous, executive director of the coalition, said. “It’s kind of a natural evolution. The boards of both organizations took a look at their missions and saw they were very closely aligned.”

When the merger is complete, the roundtable will be dissolved and its assets will be transferred to the coalition. The assets will be used to continue the annual conference.

“This merger allows us to have a greater impact as our members consider the issues facing employers, physicians and other stakeholders in our ever-changing health care climate,” Bob Langhofer, 2013 roundtable president, said in a news release.

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