Note: As of July 1, 2019, the Driving and Mobility Services Clinic, Nutrition Clinic, and Speech Clinic have transitioned away from KU HealthPartners, Inc. to KU School of Health Professions faculty practice.

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 School of Health Professions faculty and staff. In addition to the executive committee leadership, appointed directors complete the board of directors.

Two members of the board are appointed. Appointments are made by the dean. A fifth elected at-large position is filled from the KU School of Health Professions.

KU HealthPartners Inc. Board of Directors

Board Member


Term ends

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

President and CEO

Ex Officio

John Ferraro, Ph.D., CCC-A

SHP appointment


Erin Manuel, MBA


Ex Officio

David Burnett, Ph.D., RRT
Interim associate dean for faculty practice


Ex Officio

Tiffany Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-A
Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech


Ex Officio

Lauren Mann, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing and Speech Clinic representative


Lindsey Heidrick, SLPD, CCC-SLP

At large selection


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.

June 2012: Nutrition Clinic at KU Med opens.

August 2017: Driving and Mobility Services clinic opens at KU Medical Center.

January 2018: Silver City Health Center joined with two other clinics in Wyandotte County to form a new organization, Vibrant Health-Wyandotte Neighborhood Clinics.

July 2019: Following a re-organization, the School of Health Professions takes over sole management of KU HealthPartners, Inc.

KU HealthPartners, Inc. and its clinics are committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all programs and services, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion or creed, sex, including marital status, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, gender expression and gender identity. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785) 864-6414, 711 TTY.

Reasonable accommodations are available upon request.

KU HealthPartners, Inc.
Mail Stop 1068
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160

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