SCK Mission, Vision, and Values
SCK Health uses the following statements to guide our day-to-day actions – ensuring that each of our patients receives the quality and compassionate care they deserve.
SCK Health excels in providing high quality, accessible and complete healthcare close to home.
SCK Health, The first choice for Premier Healthcare in Cowley County and the surrounding area.
Where We Came From:
South Central Kansas Medical Center has a proud history serving Cowley County and its surrounding communities. The organization’s long-term success has been possible due to the ongoing collaborations between the City of Arkansas City government, SCKMC’s Board of Trustees and staff, partnering medical professionals, and tremendous community support.
SCKMC was founded in Arkansas City on First Street and Birch in 1906 called Mercy Hospital. In 1914, a group of physicians purchased the hospital and in 1921 it was incorporated. The City of Arkansas City purchased the structure and property in 1946, following the Great Depression and threats of foreclosure. In 1951, the original building was torn down, beginning a series of major construction projects. That same year the facility’s name was changed to Arkansas City Memorial Hospital. A new wing was added in 1951 with 20 more beds and a 35 bed convalescent care section.
In 1996, the facility changed its name to South Central Kansas Regional Medical Center in recognition of the fact that its service area had expanded beyond the immediate community. That same year hospital officials began working on plans for a replacement facility.
The hospital Board now faced two new challenges: location and organization structure. In 2001, one hundred and sixty-eight acres of land North of Arkansas City was generously donated. The land was named “Patterson Park” in recognition of the donors. The regional accessibility and availability of resources allow not only room for the hospital to expand over time, but to also develop the entire property as a complete medical campus. The campus concept includes independent businesses such as a dialysis center, medical supply companies, pharmacies, physician offices, a cancer center, and more. The facility is a “quasi-municipal” entity, connected to the City of Arkansas City in both its ownership and funding for the project.
This multi-step process was boosted by a 10 year, one-half cent sales tax initiative passed by the local voters in November of 2008, and an additional one-percent sales tax initiative in 2016.
Construction crews broke ground on the replacement facility on November 5, 2009. In addition to the hospital, the initial site development also included an outpatient services building (OSB), and a maintenance building. On March 17th, 2011 South Central Kansas Medical Center, the word “Regional” was removed to shorten the name, and received their first patients at the new facility.
Where We Are Now:
Throughout the years, SCKMC has evolved from providing the most basic acute and convalescent care services to an organization that continually strives to lead through providing state-of-the-art technology and quality care to the community. Since the move, SCKMC has expanded to include an off-site outpatient primary care clinic, telemedicine services partnering with medical providers from around the world, and a 12-bed senior health unit. All in addition to the hospital’s wide range of health care services.
Today SCKMC’s available services include: cardiology, inpatient and outpatient surgical services, emergency medicine, a wide range of laboratory services, respiratory therapy, nutritional counseling, anesthesia services, 24 hour acute care, general medicine, radiology services which include MRI, CT and mammography, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, obstetrical/gynecological services and childbirth education, bone density testing, nuclear medicine, social services, ophthalmology services, dietary services, pharmacy services, and more.
Cowley County has many unique and abundant opportunities whether you are looking to live, work and/or play here.
Located within 1 hour of Wichita. Arkansas City, or “Ark City,” is a beautiful community rich in history, located on the Kansas/ Oklahoma border and is known as the gateway to the Cherokee Strip Land Run. An agricultural and business center, this progressive community has approximately 13,000 residents.
Ark City has grown into an industrious community offering many cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. Cowley County Community College has a diverse enrollment and offers a large variety of courses and a beautiful campus.
There are many distinct cultures that are reflected in our world class festivals, history, nature, and arts. Throughout the county are many breathtaking sites of natural beauty. Stone bridges are bountiful along the many creeks and streams. If it’s quaint and charming that you like, look no further than our small communities with their unique personalities.
Opportunities for recreational activities are plentiful in this community. In addition to the seventeen parks, Arkansas City has a large community swimming pool, twelve public tennis courts, and two golf courses. The Recreation Center provides activities and facilities for all ages. The Cowley County State Lake and the Kaw Lake Recreation Area provide good hunting and fishing. Chaplin Nature Center provides an excellent opportunity for hiking, with over five miles of trails through diverse habitats.
Educational opportunities are exceptional, with award winning elementary schools, excellent higher education offering cutting-edge programs. Customized programs have helped our industries grow and retain quality employees.
Our rich heritage, culture and location are only a few reasons to check us out. In spite of the myth that Kansas is flat, you will find an abundance of rolling hills, wildlife and pristine rivers. Our location is attractive to the many who have chosen to call Cowley County home. If you prefer to live in a more rural setting with the amenities of metro areas, then Cowley County is the place for you.