History of AAKC:
Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City (AAKC
) began as a partnership of physicians working at Research Medical Center in the mid-1960’s. AAKC was incorporated in February, 1972. AAKC cultivated a reputation for providing quality care and solid business management which led to additional opportunities over time. In 1980, AAKC began providing pediatric anesthesiology services at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In 1985, AAKC recruited the first pediatric intensivist to work at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. AAKC was asked to provide anesthesia coverage for Research Belton Hospital when it was first built in 1984. AAKC also began offering pain management specialists on a full-time basis in the mid-1980’s and opened the first multidisciplinary inpatient pain management center at Research Medical Center. In 1994, AAKC merged with Anesthesiology Services, Inc. and another small anesthesia and pain management practice and began providing services at Menorah Medical Center and Lee’s Summit Hospital. The hospitals covered by AAKC continued growing organically and AAKC additionally began covering new locations including the South Kansas City Surgery Center, Baptist Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center in the early 2000’s. As Menorah and Overland Park Regional built surgery centers on their campuses we began providing services at those facilities as well. In 2001, we opened our first KC Pain Centers (South) office-based pain management clinic. We opened a second KC Pain Centers (East) in 2003. In 2011, we entered into an agreement with HCA to provide services at Centerpoint Medical Center and Centerpoint ASC. In 2012, AAKC began providing services at the Surgicenter of Johnson County. In 2013 AAKC began providing services in dental offices through a new venture called Mobile Anesthesia Care. In 2014, the anesthesia teams at Heart of America Surgery Center and Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute joined AAKC.
Democracy is the foundation of AAKC governance. In the early days, AAKC functioned like most small medical groups where decisions were made in the hallway or over the phone. As growth continued, AAKC developed a system to streamline corporate decision making, while retaining the belief in a democracy. AAKC physicians elect an Executive Board of nine voting physician members and, along with the ex-officio Chief Operating Officer; the Executive Board is tasked with the responsibility for ongoing decision-making for the practice. There is a committee structure which includes opportunities for the physicians and anesthetists to provide input to the Executive Board and site-specific leaders also have a mechanism to voice their perspectives.
AAKC encourages its members to actively participate in leadership activities and provides opportunities to gain training and education for leadership development. Past participation includes the American College of Physician Executives Physicians in Management programs, the ASA Practice Management Programs and education programs at The Wharton School and Kellogg Institute.
AAKC has a history of a strong presence on medical staffs, illustrated by many past Medical Staff Presidents and local and state specialty society leaders. AAKC believes that good medical staff and medical society citizenship is a requirement for our organization’s success.
AAKC business leaders have been involved in the leadership of the local, state and national Medical Group Management Association and its Anesthesia Administration Assembly subset.
We believe that AAKC’s size and infrastructure provides greater stability and security for our facility partners and all of our staff.