Via Christi Chooses CEP America to Enhance Emergency Department Care in Wichita, Kansas

Starting June 15, CEP America, one of the nation’s largest providers of acute care management solutions, will provide the qualified Emergency Department physicians and advanced practice professionals Via Christi Health needs to provide emergency care at its three acute-care hospitals in Wichita, Kansas.

Sponsored by Ascension, Via Christi is the first health system in the state of Kansas to partner with CEP America.

"Our decision to work with CEP was borne out of the difficulties we continue to face in recruiting the physicians needed to meet the growing demand for emergency care at our Wichita hospitals," said Darrell Youngman, DO, hospital chief medical officer for Via Christi, whose Wichita hospital EDs' combined visits total more than 140,000 a year.

"After reviewing local market forces and national trends in recruiting and retaining emergency physicians and mid-level providers, we identified the need to do as two-thirds of all other U.S. hospitals have done and turn to a larger practice with the national recruiting reach to find more quality Emergency Room physicians such as those who staff our EDs now."

After exploring several options, Via Christi chose CEP America.

"We were looking for a physician-owned national practice — one with a proven history of stability and medical care safety, quality and service experiences — that could provide the group of physicians and mid-levels currently providing care and leadership in our EDs the staffing resources and opportunities they need to continue to offer outstanding care at our Wichita hospitals," Youngman said. "We found that in CEP."

For patients, the move from an employed-physician to physician-owned practice model of professional staffing will mean continued access to the team of quality providers needed to meet their needs now and in the future.

"It's also in keeping with Via Christi's journey to becoming a high-reliability organization, as our EDs will have access to the knowledge and resources that come with a national organization," said Joe Akif, Via Christi's service line administrator for Emergency Services and Cardiovascular Services. "CEP's focus on strong leaders, shared goals, collaboration and patient satisfaction has developed a culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest in emergency medicine and helped build better emergency departments across the country."
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