Kansas Medical Center signs contract with Blue Cross

Kansas Medical Center has signed a contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas that makes the Andover hospital part of the Blue Cross network, according to the hospital's chief financial officer, Steve Hadley.

The contract is the hospital's first with Blue Cross, he said. Kansas Medical Center signed a contract with Preferred Health Systems in the fall; that also was a first.

For more than a decade, Blue Cross and PHS — the major insurers in the Wichita area — have had exclusive contracts, PHS with Via Christi Health facilities and Blue Cross with Wesley Medical Center. But both insurers ended their exclusive deals last year.

Kansas Medical Center is a 58-bed hospital on 21st Street about a mile east of the Sedgwick-Butler county line. It opened three years ago and provides all general hospital services except pediatrics and obstetrics. It has a 24-hour emergency department.