Archive for Thursday, January 26, 2006

LMH announcement shows Eudora’s promise

January 26, 2006

At a time when many communities in Kansas are facing a crisis in maintaining a health care presence, Eudora is contemplating the benefits of Lawrence Memorial Hospital's decision to build a health care center in the city.

The announcement last month that LMH had purchased property in Eudora and would phase in development at the site with the goal of eventually building a hospital secured local access to physicians and primary health care for the community, while promising a good deal more would eventually be available. In contrast to most communities its size, the concern in Eudora may be the continued well-being of existing pharmaceutical providers with the new competition. It is hoped the greater access to local health care would be to their advantage as well, providing residents fewer reasons to leave town for medical services.

The announcement last month wasn't surprising in light of regional hospitals in the metropolitan area staking out space for future hospitals along the Kansas Highway 10 corridor. Olathe Medical Center purchased K-10 frontage in De Soto in 2005, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center has nailed down a prime location just north of K-10 on Kansas Highway 7.

Clearly, officials with the large regional hospitals know what is going to happen along the corridor. Their activity begs the question of what other businesses and developers have an eye on Eudora for future expansion.

Once again, it would be our hope a motel developer would be among those ready to target Eudora. Given the city's proximity to Kansas University and the Kansas City metropolitan area, it can be assumed such developers already have Eudora on their map. Our preference for the development is based on the new revenue a transient guest tax would provide the city and its economic development efforts. And it would be a tax largely paid by those living outside Eudora.

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