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Stormont Vail Health and Children’s Mercy Announce New Affiliation

Stormont Vail Health and Children’s Mercy Kansas City announced today their intent to affiliate, bringing advanced specialty pediatric services to Shawnee County and the surrounding areas.

Stormont Vail Health has spent years investing in pediatric specialty services in the area through their Pediatric Intensive Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Endocrinology and more. The two systems will work to collaborate, building upon the current services that Stormont Vail Health provides to patients today, and expanding to include on-site and telemedicine services from Children’s Mercy.

Children’s Mercy has been serving patients in Kansas and Missouri for more than 100 years. US News & World Report has named them one of the best children’s hospitals in America, ranking in all 10 pediatric specialties for five consecutive years.

“Stormont Vail Health has a great foundation when it comes to the investments we have made in pediatric specialty care,” said Robert Kenagy, M.D., CEO and president, Stormont Vail Health. “While recognizing these investments, we know that by partnering with a system like Children’s Mercy we will be able to further advance specialty care, close to home.”

In 2019, Stormont Vail Health partnered with Children’s Mercy to provide a pediatric cardiologist at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center. They also provide teleconsulting services and backup pediatric oncology and pediatric ophthalmology services.

“We are excited to work with Stormont Vail to bring the highest level of pediatric care to the children of this region,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “Our two health systems share a common commitment to put patients and families first and, through this new affiliation, we will work to continue to deliver on that promise.”

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About Stormont Vail Health: Stormont Vail Health is a nonprofit integrated health system that has been serving the health care needs of Kansas for more than 130 years. It is composed of Stormont Vail Hospital, a 586-bed acute care hospital, and Cotton O’Neil Clinic, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 500 providers, which includes more than 250 physicians. Nearly 5,300 employees provide care and support services for patients in the hospital and 35 other locations, including the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center, Cancer Center, Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, Digestive Health Center, Pediatrics clinics and 10 regional primary care clinics. Stormont Vail Health is committed to its mission of improving the health of the community by being a national leader in providing compassionate, high-quality and efficient integrated care through collaboration that results in a healthier community. For more information about Stormont Vail and Cotton O’Neil, visit For breaking news and videos, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the fourth time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to only about eight percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 800 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides medical care to every child who passes through its doors. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit For breaking news and videos, follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.