County considering to make moves for St. Francis

St. Francis Health was recently . (File photo/The Capital-Journal)

The Shawnee County Commission plans Monday to consider a first step toward issuing health system revenue bonds totaling $90 million to finance improvements to St. Francis Health.


The proposed move is among items on the agenda when commissioners Bob Archer, Kevin Cook and Shelly Buhler meet at 9 a.m. in their chambers in Room B-11 of the County Courthouse, 200 S.E. 7th.

The Topeka City Council normally meets on each month’s first Tuesday, but canceled its meeting set for next Tuesday because of that day’s mayoral primary election.

County commissioners plan Monday to consider acknowledging a request filed July 24 with the county by Topeka Health Systems, LLC, a joint venture between the University of Kansas Health System, a not-for-profit entity, and Nashville, Tenn.-based Ardent Health, a for-profit entity.

THS is acquiring St. Francis Health, which will become a for-profit entity. While announcing the planned acquisition last May, KU Health System and Ardent Health revealed plans to make large-scale capital investments to St. Francis Health.

THS has asked the commission to issue taxable health system revenue bonds in one or more series totaling an estimated $90 million to finance renovations and improvements to St. Francis Health.

The resolution commissioners will consider Monday would authorize county staff members and others to arrange for required notices to be published and mailed, “so public hearings can be scheduled at which times the public can ask questions about the Project and the Bonds.”

The proposed bonds don’t constitute a debt of the county, are not payable in any manner from tax revenues and may be paid only from rents and revenues due from THS and any other lessees involved in the project, county bond counsel Bob Perry told commissioners in a recent memorandum.

Commissioners also plan Monday to:

Consider issuing a conditional use permit enabling Dave and Renee Stevens to establish a kennel facility on the west side of S.W. Wanamaker Road, about 620 feet north of S.W. 61st Street. The couple previously operated a kennel on S.W. Fairlawn Road.

Consider amending a special use permit to allow American Tower Corp. to replace an existing 280-foot guyed tower with a 290-foot self-supporting lattice tower on property at 8320 S.W. 85th. The Shawnee County Planning Commission voted 7-0 July 10 to recommend the move’s approval.

Consider authorizing corrections director Brian Cole to negotiate a contract with Corizon Health to provide medical and mental health services for the county’s adult and juvenile detention centers. A county committee recommended choosing Corizon after examining bids the county received from Corizon and another company, Cole told commissioners in a recent memorandum.

Consider entering into a contract with Thomas McGee, LC, arranging for it to continue to provide workers’ compensation claims administration services to Shawnee County from Aug. 1, 2017, through July 31, 2018, while receiving a 2 percent increase in the fees it’s paid.

Hear an update on county revenues and expenditures.

See a presentation regarding the Aug. 5 observance here of National Night Out.


Contact reporter Tim Hrenchir at (785) 295-1184 or @timhrenchir on Twitter.