Manhattan Surgical Hospital and Stormont Vail Health announce new partnership

September 30, 2019
TOPEKA, Kan. – Manhattan Surgical Hospital and Stormont Vail Health have finalized partnership agreements. Through this partnership, Manhattan Surgical Hospital, its members, including Stormont Vail Health will continue growing and strengthening health care services in Manhattan and the surrounding area.

Stormont Vail HealthManhattan Surgical Hospital is a physician-owned surgical hospital that opened in 2001 and offers care across a variety of surgical procedures. "Manhattan Surgical Hospital and its physician partners are very excited to finalize this new partnership," said Jamie McAtee, MD and Chairman of the Board. "Stormont Vail Health has a longstanding history of providing best in class care in Manhattan and we're looking forward to leveraging this partnership to strengthen current services and bring new services to the community."

"We are committed to providing access to care close to home for those we serve," said Robert Kenagy, M.D., CEO and president, Stormont Vail Health. "Manhattan Surgical Hospital has an excellent reputation and has served the Manhattan community for almost 20 years. This opportunity will offer many advantages to the patients we serve including enhanced access and experience." 

Manhattan Surgical Hospital performs more than 10,000 procedures annually in multiple specialties, invests in the latest technologies to ensure the highest quality of care and is an active and integral organization in the Manhattan community. They acquired the Central Kansas Cancer Center in June of 2017, offering cancer patients in the area the ability to receive the highest level of Radiation Therapy for their treatment in their own community. Manhattan Surgical Hospital also responded to the urgent needs of the community for access to Primary Care and opened the Blue River Family Medicine practice in July of 2018.

"This will be a great collaboration, with a shared goal of improving the health of our community," said Chris Stipe, CEO Manhattan Surgical Hospital. "Riley County and the surrounding areas really have something to look forward to through this partnership."

Blue River Family Medicine Welcomes New Family Practice Physician, Dr. Rey

Stormont Vail HealthAugust 13, 2019
MANHATTAN, Kan. –Blue River Family Medicine recently welcomed a new family practice physician to the medical staff.  Dr. Del Rey received his secondary education undergraduate degree at Wichita State University. He received his masters in school leadership/administration from Friends University, Wichita KS and attended the University of Kansas Medical School.

Dr. Del Rey completed his residencies at UMKC Truman Medical Center and Wesley Family Medicine prior to practicing a number of years in Haysville, KS. 

Dr. Rey is now accepting new patients at Blue River Family Medicine, 8301 Positano Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502.


Manhattan Surgical Hospital Welcomes New Gastroenterologist, Dr. Disbrow

Stormont Vail HealthAugust 8, 2019
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Manhattan Surgical Hospital recently welcomed a new gastroenterologist to the hospital's medical staff.  Dr. Molly Lindquist Disbrow received her undergraduate degree at Kansas State University. She received a Master's Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences and attended medical school at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Disbrow completed her Internal Medicine Residency and was Chief Medicine Resident at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Disbrow is now seeing patients at Gastro-Intestinal Consultants of Manhattan at 1213 Hylton Heights Road, Suite 101.  She is also scheduling procedures at Manhattan Surgical Hospital.


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Blue River Family Medicine Moves to New Location in East Manhattan; Announces arrival of new physician in August

April 22, 2019
MANHATTAN, Kan. – In July of last year, the Manhattan Surgical Hospital responded to a local shortage of primary care physicians by opening Blue River Family Medicine.  Since July, the family practice clinic has operated at a temporary location in West Manhattan.  Today, Blue River Family Medicine is announcing its planned relocation of the clinic to a new building on May 13th 2019.

The new, permanent office location will be, 8301 Positano Drive, Manhattan, KS 66502. The location is directly east of Manhattan, across the Big Blue River bridge, just off of Highway 24 on the north side of the highway, across from the Heritage South business district. 

At the new location, Blue River Family Medicine plans to house at least four family physicians and a number of physician assistants and nurse practitioners.  The current line-up of providers includes family physicians Dr. Karen Graves and Dr. Steffen Shamburg, as well as Physician Assistant, Myra Wilson.  This summer, the practice will add another family physician, Dr. Del Rey, who is relocating from the Haysville, Kansas area.

"What an outstanding moment for the Blue River physicians and staff, and their patients," said Chris Stipe, Chief Executive Officer, Manhattan Surgical Hospital.  "The new clinic is absolutely beautiful, as well as functional for patients.  We look forward to the continued growth of the medical practice as more patients get to know our talented providers and staff at this permanent location," Stipe added.

The new clinic building offers approximately 10,000 sq feet of space, with 19 spacious patient exam rooms.  The new office will allow the practice to offer additional services to patients, including an expansion of lab services, including blood draws, and the addition of x-ray services.  The clinic represents an investment of over three million dollars in the community. 

Clinic Administrator, Erin Plummer, BSN, commented, "We aim to improve the patient experience in this new, state-of-the-art facility while continuing the same personal service that our patients have come to expect from Blue River Family Medicine.  We are looking forward to seeing our patients in our new home!"

If you are currently a patient of Blue River Family Medicine, the clinic will close its offices in West Manhattan at 3pm, Wednesday May 8th. The office will remain closed to visitors until Monday morning May 13th at 8am, when Blue River Family Medicine will open for the first time at the new location.  The clinic phone number will remain the same, 785-587-0570.  The clinic is currently accepting new patients.

For more information, visit the website,, or call 785-587-0570.

Manhattan Surgical Hospital (MSH) Recognized Nationally with "Five Star" Rating from Medicare

March 20, 2019
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second time in less than a year, Manhattan Surgical Hospital has received national recognition for its quality of patient care.  This time, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designated the hospital as a "Five Star" facility in its latest rankings released last month.  The recognition puts Manhattan Surgical Hospital in the top 8% in the country for its overall hospital-level quality. (see graphic below*) 

The Overall Hospital Rating from CMS provides consumers with a simple star rating generated by combining multiple dimensions of quality into a single summary score.  Star rankings are based on 62 quality measures across seven categories: effectiveness of care, efficient use of imaging, mortality, patient satisfaction, readmissions, safety and timeliness of care.  

According to the CMS web site, the goal of the star rating system is to improve the usability and interpretability of information posted on Hospital Compare, a website designed for consumers to use along with their healthcare provider to make decisions on where to receive care. Only seven Kansas hospitals received five stars in the latest rankings

Stormont Vail HealthAccording to Chris Stipe, the hospital's Chief Executive Officer, "This means patients are getting best care in the country right here in Manhattan!  Why would you choose to go anywhere else?" 

Additionally, last fall, Manhattan Surgical Hospital was rated as a "High Performing" hospital for total knee replacement by U.S. News & World Report.  This designation indicates a hospital was significantly better than the national average in a given procedure or condition.  

"Manhattan Surgical Hospital has always been dedicated to the highest level of clinical care and the best patient experience.  These two prestigious recognitions are a culmination of many years of hard work, and they reflect our constant pursuit of excellence," said Dr. Jamie McAtee, Board Chairman.

These rankings are likely not a surprise to the patients that have trusted their care to the physician-owned, Manhattan Surgical Hospital over the last eighteen years.  "Our dedicated staff really makes it happen each and every day for their patients," Stipe added.

For more information call 785-776-1500.

For hospitals rated in February 2019 data release. Of these…

  • 3,665 received a star rating in December 2017 with ratings not available for 1,119.
  • 3,724 received a star rating this month, with 1,060 not available.

Source: CMS
Courtesy of "Modern Healthcare"

Stormont Vail Health and Manhattan Surgical Hospital announce new partnership

February 1, 2019
TOPEKA, Kan. – Opportunities to improve community health are central to a new partnership agreement between Stormont Vail Health and Manhattan Surgical Hospital. The Kansas health care entities have signed a letter of intent to partner in which Stormont Vail Health will be a minority owner in Manhattan Surgical Hospital, LLC, and will work with Manhattan Surgical Hospital to strengthen health care services in Manhattan and the surrounding area. The transaction is expected to be finalized over the next 90 days.

Stormont Vail HealthManhattan Surgical Hospital is a physician-owned surgical hospital that opened in 2001. Chairman of the Board James R. McAtee, M.D., said the partnership will focus on strengthening current services and bringing new services to the community. "Manhattan Surgical Hospital and its physician partners are excited about this new partnership. We look forward to the work ahead with Stormont Vail Health and the increased opportunities to enhance and expand high-quality care to our patients, and to the Flint Hills region," said Dr. Jamie McAtee, Chairman of the Manhattan Surgical Hospital Board.

In 2012, Stormont Vail first expanded into Manhattan with an investment in Medical Associates of Manhattan, now Cotton O'Neil Manhattan. "With Cotton O'Neil clinics in Manhattan and Wamego, we have continued to expand our services and recruit providers to meet the growing needs of Riley and Pottawatomie Counties," said Randy Peterson, President and CEO of Stormont Vail Health. "This partnership is the next step in our plan to support our patients and the community by expanding care delivery in Manhattan. This will include developing a new medical office space and recruiting additional providers." 

Scott Coonrod, M.D., Cotton O'Neil Internal Medicine, said the partnership makes sense for a growing Manhattan. "The Manhattan Surgical Hospital has an excellent reputation and has been an integral part of the medical community for almost 20 years," Coonrod said. "The opportunity to partner with the hospital and through that partnership, collaborate with several physician groups, further strengthens health care here in Manhattan which benefits our patients."

Manhattan Surgical Hospital (MSH) Recognized as High Performing Hospital by U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

August 15th, 2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each year U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT endeavors to rank hospitals across the country.  Their report on "Best Hospitals" is intended to help patients decide where to receive care. 

"This is one of many ways patients can evaluate where to get their care," said Chris Stipe, Chief Executive at MSH.  Stipe continued, "These days patients can find themselves on information overload, so it is helpful for them to be able to turn to a name they know and trust in U.S. News & World Report."

Manhattan Surgical Hospital was rated as a "High Performing" hospital for total knee replacement.  According to U.S. News, an overall rating of high performing indicates a hospital was significantly better than the national average in a given procedure or condition.  In each procedure and condition, 10 to 20 percent of the evaluated hospitals in a condition or procedure typically fell into the high performing tier and another 10 to 20 percent were rated below average.

U.S. News generates hospital rankings by evaluating data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, 9 adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties. To be nationally ranked in a specialty, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. The ratings in procedures and conditions, by contrast, focus on typical Medicare patients. Hospitals that do well in multiple areas of adult care may be ranked in their state and metropolitan area.

"Our medical staff is more than pleased with this recognition and what it says about our staff and the level of care we are delivering to our patients in Manhattan.  Our culture at Manhattan Surgical Hospital remains strong in supporting the best patient care," said Dr. Jamie McAtee, MSH Chairman.

Blue River Family Medicine Opens Primary Care Clinic in Manhattan

June 28, 2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Blue River Family Medicine is opening a primary health care clinic July 11 in Manhattan. The new practice was formed by Manhattan Surgical Hospital to help fill a need left by a shortage of primary care providers in the area. The clinic will offer a wide range of services for patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors.

"We're thrilled to offer more primary health care options for our growing community. In addition to treating our patients, we hope to become a home for family medicine practitioners wanting to serve Manhattan, Wamego and the entire region," said Chris Stipe, CEO of Manhattan Surgical Hospital.

The practice's physicians include Dr. Karen Graves, D.O., and Dr. Steffen Shamburg, M.D. Dr. Graves earned her degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been practicing in Manhattan since 2004. Dr. Shamburg joins the practice from Hiawatha Community Hospital, where he has been practicing since 1999. Both doctors are certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Graves is also certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Myra Wilson rounds out the clinic staff as the physician assistant. Myra obtained her training from Wichita State University in 2017 and has been practicing in Topeka. The clinic plans to add more providers after its opening.

Services include general wellness and Medicare wellness visits; school, camp and sports physicals; work physicals; worker compensation visits; drug and alcohol screening; immunizations and vaccinations; injections, lab specimen collection and X-rays; annual obstetrical visits; and same-day acute visits.

The clinic participates in most major health insurance networks and plans.

"The Manhattan Surgical Hospital board and investors were extremely proud to make this strategic decision to expand primary care capabilities in the area. We look forward to providing direct health care, as well as prevention and wellness services and information to our community," Stipe said.

The clinic will operate at 1133 College Avenue, Building A, Suite 213, until construction is finalized at its permanent building on Highway 24 next year. For more information, visit their website at or call 785-587-0570.

Hospital Welcomes New Chief Executive

Feburary 22, 2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Manhattan Surgical Hospital (MSH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Christopher R. Stipe as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Stipe has worked in health care for twenty years, and has nearly fifteen years of experience as a CEO.  His education includes a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mr. Stipe was pleased to be bringing his family back to Kansas.  Both he and his wife Tiffany graduated from high school in the Kansas City area.  "Returning to Kansas certainly feels like coming home to our family.  And as a KSU Alum, the opportunity to live and work in Manhattan is priceless," said Stipe.  

Chris StipeMr. Stipe's most recent experience includes more than nine years as CEO of Clarinda Regional Health Center in Clarinda, Iowa.  His accomplishments included the planning and opening of a $28M replacement hospital, and the development of a world-class total joint replacement program, as well as the recruitment and retention of more than a dozen primary care physicians and mid-level providers. 

"Our Board felt that Chris has exactly the right depth and breadth of talent to continue our pursuit of excellence.  He is a good fit culturally and he has a proven track record of executing on strategic opportunities in cooperation with physicians, boards and the public," commented MSH Board Chairman, Dr. Jamie McAtee.

MSH has served the region for more than seventeen years with high quality surgical, inpatient and outpatient medical services.  The hospital is recognized nationally for patient satisfaction.  MSH is currently investing in improving access to care for the region with the development of primary care.

When making his decision to take on his role at MSH, Mr. Stipe was impressed by the hospital's focus on patient satisfaction, and the dedication of its physicians and staff to patient care, "MSH has benefitted from strong leadership and has built a great deal of trust in the community.  Quality, safety and customer service are clearly priority one for the staff and that has positioned the organization well for the future," said Stipe.

Chris Stipe started his new role with MSH February 26th.

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