About KU HealthPartners Inc.

KU HealthPartners was originally incorporated in 1994 as "KU School of Nursing Inc." In 1999, the name was changed to reflect the partnership with the School of Health Professions. Today, KUHP is a vibrant and growing clinical enterprise that functions as an integral part of these two schools of the KU Medical Center.

The organization offers to the Greater Kansas City area the opportunity for direct access to professional advanced practice nursing and health professions services. In addition to basic primary care services, KUHP has a unique focus on health promotion and optimal human functioning which is holistically provided and client-centered. A strong commitment exists to provide evidence-based care and to measuring and promoting positive client outcomes.


Photo of Eleanor Sullivan

Eleanor Sullivan (right), dean of the KU School of Nursing (1988-1995) developed the first organized effort to provide an avenue for the faculty to continue in clinical practice and serve as a revenue source for the school.

In 1993, Betty Smith-Campbell, a master's-prepared community health nurse, developed practice sites and contracts for School of Nursing faculty while George Gunderson, director of business affairs, developed the business practices for the organization. The first contract for services was with Johnson County Community College to provide health services for their students. Vicki Hicks, RN, MS, ARNP, was the first faculty member to provide services for a contract with the practice corporation.

Board of Directors

The KU HealthPartners board of directors is comprised of a diverse group of School of Health Professions and School of Nursing faculty. In addition to the executive committee leadership, elected and appointed directors complete the KUHP board of directors.

The executive team of ex officio members consists of the deans and business officers of the Schools of Health Professions and Nursing. Per corporation bylaws, the roles of president and vice president alternate each year between the two schools.

Four members of the board are appointed (two each from the KU School of Health Professions and KU School of Nursing) and four members of the board are elected (also two from each school). Appointments are made by the dean of each respective school; elected positions are filled through a nomination and voting process. All appointed and elected directors serve two-year terms. A fifth elected at-large position is filled from either the KU School of Health Professions or KU School of Nursing.

KU HealthPartners Inc. Board of Directors

Board Member


Term ends

Abiodun Akinwuntan, Ph.D., MPH, MBA
Dean, School of Health Professions

Acting CEO and President

Ex Officio

Sally L. Maliski, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing

Vice President

Ex Officio

Erin Manuel, MBA


Ex Officio

Michelle Naus, CPA


Ex Officio

John Ferraro, PhD, CCC-A

SHP appointment


Diane Ebbert, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

SON appointment


Holly Hull, PhD

SHP elected


Melinda Krautmann Borelli, MS, RN

SON elected


Debora Daniels, PhD, CCC-SLP

At-large elected


Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD

SHP appointment


Christina Phillips, DNP, FNP-BC

SON appointment


Sandy Keener, AuD

SHP elected


JoAnn Peterson, DNP, FNP-BC

SON elected


Historical Timeline

Photo nurse and patient

March 1994: The University of Kansas School of Nursing Corporation is officially recognized by the State of Kansas and Wyandotte County.

Photo nurse educator and student

October 1995: The KU School of Nursing, Inc. becomes a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Photo of nurses and patient

March 2000: The corporation is reorganized as KU HealthPartners, Inc., to include School of Health Professions faculty practitioners.

Photo KUHP staff with NONPF award

2002: KU HealthPartners is named "Practice of the Year" by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.

Photo of Silver City Health Center

July 2006: KU HealthPartners acquires the management and operation of Silver City Health Center. Located in the Argentine community of Kansas City, Kan., the clinic is the region's only academic nurse-managed health center.

2009: KUHP's Silver City Health Center is granted Patient-centered Medical Home Status. This model of care emphasizes multidisciplinary coordination and continuity of integrated care that is achieved with the active engagement of patients, their families, and caregivers, in collaboration with the patient's provider.

Photo nurse with infant

2013: Revenues for the year top $2.3M, compared to just more than $55K generated in 1994.

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Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

KU HealthPartners, Inc.
Mail Stop 4303
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160

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