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Kansas Hospitals Lead by Example with Healthier Options

Healthy Kansas Hospitals The Kansas Hospital Association is pleased to announce that the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation has received policy changes from 53 Kansas hospitals that have adopted healthier food and beverage options throughout their facility. This enhanced access to healthy food aims to positively impact hospital employees, patients and visitors, while also helping to establish norms for healthier living for the communities they serve. Additionally this summer, we presented Atchison Hospital, Labette Health and Wilson Medical Center with the 2017 Healthy Kansas Hospitals Centers of Excellence Award.

This work is part of Healthy Kansas Hospitals, a multi-year initiative that provides resources and technical assistance to help create food and beverage environments in Kansas hospitals that ensure healthy options are the routine, easy choice for everyone. Eighty-one hospitals participated in this initiative over the last four years and took the lead in creating a roadmap for worksites to navigate the challenges associated with implementing healthier environments.

Hospitals made their own decisions related to changes to the food and beverage environment based on an individualized assessment. Examples include increasing the availability of healthy entrees, adding nutrition labeling for meals in the cafeteria, eliminating fried foods, adding healthier snack items to vending machines and increasing employee education around the topic of nutrition and diet.

The following hospitals have made policy changes:

Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola
Lindsborg Community Hospital, Lindsborg
Atchison Hospital, Atchison 
Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, Fort Scott
Bob Wilson Memorial Grant County Hospital, Ulysses Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems, Beloit
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas, Overland Park
Nemaha Valley Community Hospital, Seneca
Citizens Medical Center, Colby
Newton Medical Center, Newton
Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington
Osborne County Memorial Hospital, Osborne
Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center
Phillips County Health Systems, Phillipsburg
Cloud County Health Center, Concordia
Providence Medical Center, Kansas City
Comanche County Hospital, Coldwater
Rawlins County Health Center, Atwood
Community HealthCare System, Inc., Onaga Republic County Hospital, Belleville
Community Memorial Healthcare, Inc., Marysville
 Russell Regional Hospital, Russell
Fredonia Regional Hospital, Fredonia
 Saint John Hospital, Leavenworth
Girard Medical Center, Girard 
 Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital, Leavenworth
Goodland Regional Medical Center, Goodland 
 Salina Regional Health Center, Salina
Gove County Medical Center, Quinter
 Shawnee Mission Health, Shawnee Mission
Hamilton County Hospital, Syracuse 
 Sheridan County Health Complex, Hoxie
HaysMed, Hays
 Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center
Hiawatha Community Hospital, Hiawatha
 St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City
Holton Community Hospital, Holton
 St. Francis Health, Topeka
Hospital District #1 of Rice County, Lyons
 St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, Marion
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson
 Stormont Vail Health, Topeka
Kearny County Hospital, Lakin
 Susan B. Allen Memorial Health, El Dorado
Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, Greensburg
 The University of Kansas Health System, Kansas City
Kiowa District Healthcare, Kiowa
 Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital, WaKeeney
Labette Health, Parsons
 Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan
Lane County Hospital, Dighton
 Wilson Medical Center, Neodesha
Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence  


The Healthy Kansas Hospitals initiative is a project of KHERF. Established in 1969, by the Kansas Hospital Association, KHERF's mission is to facilitate collaboration and innovation to improve health delivery for Kansas communities. The Kansas Health Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans, provided funding for Healthy Kansas Hospitals.