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Advanced care and education

National organizations have recognized The University of Kansas Health System for improving patient outcomes and providing some of the safest, highest quality care in the country. These include the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and University HealthSystem Consortium.

Our advanced levels of care and patient services make us a leader in greater Kansas City and throughout the state of Kansas. Every year, patients are referred from hospitals in nearly all Kansas counties for our unique services not found elsewhere in the state.

The University of Kansas Health System hosts the only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center in greater Kansas City.

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Level I Trauma Center

As the only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center in greater Kansas City, and one of only three in Kansas, we provide a full spectrum of care for critically injured patients. Our multidisciplinary team of trauma surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, nurses and respiratory therapists can be mobilized on a moment’s notice. We also provide education, prevention and outreach programs.

Midwest Transplant Network (MTN)

The University of Kansas Health System's Transplantation Services provides expert care for blood and marrow, kidney/pancreas and liver transplant patients. We partner with MTN, a non-profit organization selected by the federal government to manage organ donations in  Kansas and the western two-thirds of Missouri.

The health system’s collaboration with MTN helps our physicians and care providers evaluate and manage potential organ donors. This allows us to find the best possible match to make miracles possible.

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded MTN and The University of Kansas Health System its Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. It recognizes the nation’s largest hospitals for success in achieving and sustaining a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors.

Patient Resource Centers

Our resource centers offer patients, their families and community members with free information and support to help them take active roles in managing their health. Resource centers include:

Each patient resource center features DVDs, brochures and computers with Internet access. They are staffed by full-time nurse coordinators who have extraordinary depths of experience and expertise.

The University of Kansas Health System Poison Control Center

The Poison Control Center has served the state of Kansas for 25 years. Led by the state's only toxicologist, the Poison Control Center is staffed by pharmacists and nurses specifically trained to handle emergencies involving chemicals, drugs, bites, stings and environmental hazards. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The poison center’s medical director, managing director and education coordinator provide educational programs throughout the state.

In fiscal year 2015, the center handled more than 21,600 calls from the public, emergency rooms, EMS services and schools.