South Central Kansas Medical Center to Sell Home Care to Caring Hearts of Wichita, Inc.

December 7, 2011

Home health agency, Caring Hearts of Wichita, Inc. and South Central Kansas Medical Center have announced that South Central Kansas Home Care will be sold to Caring Hearts, effective at the end of this year. The transaction is conditioned upon SCKMC Board approval.

Caring Hearts of Wichita, Inc. is a privately owned company and was established in Brenda Carver, RN, in 1997. Brenda brought nursing home background, experience in cardiology at St Francis hospital and had taught classes at Wichita Area Technical College as well as worked for numerous home health companies. What led Carver to establish the agency is that she identified the need for better, more 'care focused' home health care in Wichita. Carver said, "The Caring Hearts of Wichita name was chosen to signify caring from the heart. That continues to be what the agency is about."

In 2003, Joyce Basinger, RN, BSN joined the agency and rapidly expanded in her duties and responsibilities; in 2009, Carver added Basinger as an owner of the agency. Joyce Basinger has bachelor's degrees in business administration, accounting degree, Bible Theology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing
South Central Kansas Medical Center has operated Home Care for decades, but has determined that this line of business requires specific, extensive knowledge and skill to effectively manage it in today's environment. Changing regulations, past and on the horizon for 2012, point to the need to have the expertise necessary to deliver great care and service.

Hospital CEO Steve Perkins said, "We feel that the business philosophies and caring approach demonstrated by Caring Hearts is consistent with our operating beliefs and they will provide our region with the type of care and service our area needs and deserves."

Caring Hearts of Wichita, Inc. has an extensive presence in the Wichita market and will be able to coordinate with Wichita facilities to provide home care here when area patients get discharged.
Caring Hearts is offering all those presently working at South Central Kansas Home Care to apply for employment as they want continuity of care and the excellent staff members who have demonstrated care and compassion.

Caring Hearts of Wichita recently completed a survey by the state of Kansas Department of Health and Environment, receiving a deficiency free report.

After the superb survey results as well as many calls asking if they would sell the agency, Carver and Basinger decided they would rather expand their business. Carver said, "We felt the rural areas were in great need of service. My parents, Pat and Jim Carver receive medical care in the Arkansas City as they have residence near Kaw Lake and my Grandmother lives in Winfield Kansas, so we saw Cowley County as an opportune area for expansion. "

Joyce Basinger was born and raised in a small community and has spent the last 3.5 years attending worship at Gateway City Church in Arkansas city. She has developed a close relationship with Sandy Newman and DeeAnn Ward who are the co pastors of Gateway City Church. Brenda attends worship in Wichita at Northside Church of Christ however when visiting parents attends Newkirk Church of Christ.

Brenda Carver and Joyce Basinger, of Caring Hearts, want to supply high quality, affordable, safe and effective care to patients in Cowley and the surrounding areas while maintaining compliance. Their goal is to help people live in their homes longer, avoiding long term care facilities. Caring Hearts has opened an office across from the Arkansas City Library 115 East 5th Ave. Suite B. Their phone number is 620-307-6122