Quality of Care Really Matters

Recognition helps patients choose our care with confidence

Deciding where to obtain healthcare, especially for complex conditions, is a responsibility to be taken seriously. We trust the recognition we earn from numerous respected and knowledgeable influencers will help you choose The University of Kansas Health System with confidence.

The University of Kansas Health System ranked in 8 specialties on U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list for 2017-18Ranked among U.S. News' top hospitals

For over a decade, The University of Kansas Hospital has ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top hospitals in the country. This year was no exception, with eight medical and surgical specialties earning recognition for 2017-18. In addition, our hospital was ranked the best hospital in Kansas City and in Kansas.



The Joint Commission National Quality Approval Gold Seal

Named the nation's first Certified Comprehensive Cardiac Center

The University of Kansas Health System is the first in the nation to earn The Joint Commission's designation as a Certified Comprehensive Cardiac Center. Such centers provide the highest-quality, patient-centered care to all heart patients, from diagnosis through treatment to follow-up care. This certification underscores our heart care program's team approach to academic medicine and patient outcomes.


The University of Kansas Hospital has been Magnet Recognized for three consecutive termsMagnet-recognized for third consecutive term

The American Nurses Credentialing Center bestows the profession's highest honor of Magnet designation. The University of Kansas Hospital is one of the few healthcare providers to secure Magnet status through three consecutive opportunities, first earning the distinction in 2006 and retaining it in 2011 and 2016. The achievement is a testament to our nursing team's commitment to achieving the highest levels of safety, quality and patient satisfaction.

This accomplishment truly places our organization in exclusive company. Only 7.8% of the nation's hospitals have earned Magnet recognition, and only 3.7% have secured it three terms in a row.

VizientHealth system ranked among top 10 academic medical centers

In the most robust study of its kind of American academic hospitals, The University of Kansas Health System ranked 10th among 107 academic hospitals in quality and patient safety outcomes, receiving Vizient's 2017 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

The award recognizes high performance in the areas of safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness. Vizient rankings are widely considered the most comprehensive in healthcare because they are based entirely on objective data related to patient outcomes.

"We have earned the right to be spoken in the same sentence as the best of the best," Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Health System, said in a statement. "We are convincing people there is something special happening in Kansas City."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesDelivering gold-standard stroke and heart failure care

Our comprehensive stroke and advanced heart failure teams consistently receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® recognition. This program helps ensure patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke receive care that meets the latest evidence-based guidelines.

The stroke team again earned the top two stroke awards: Stroke Gold Plus achievement award and Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award.

Our advanced heart failure team for the second consecutive year received: Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.

Beacon recognition for excellence in critical care

We're proud to have not just one, but three Beacon award winners among our critical care units:

  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit – Gold
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care – Silver
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit – Gold

Included among Becker's great hospitals

Becker's Hospital Review named The University of Kansas Health System to its 2017 listing of 100 Great Hospitals in America. We are the only hospital in Kansas and in the Kansas City metro area to earn this distinction. Hospitals on the list have a strong history of innovation, high-level patient care, research-based clinical treatment and a reputation for community impact. Hospitals were selected based on recognition from U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and The Leapfrog Group, among others.

Consumers again name hospital No. 1 in KC metro

For the fifth year, The University of Kansas Hospital has won the 2016-17 National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for Kansas City, the only award where members of the community choose the hospital they feel provides the highest quality service.

Other awards and recognition