Manhattan Surgical Hospital

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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