New facilities affect outcomes

Our state-of-the-art operating theatre includes a new hybrid room. The room serves as an advanced imaging suite and an operating room. This allows us to do the latest, most advanced procedures that require the skills of multiple doctors from different specialties. In this advanced suite, we can perform high-risk operations without having to move patients from one area to another.

The Center for Advanced Heart Care's surgical center honors Dr. William Reed and his wife, Mary. He founded MidAmerica Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, and her nursing career included work in intensive care. Dr. Reed had a long and distinguished surgical career and developed many innovations in cardiovascular surgery.

Dr. William and Mary Reed Cardiovascular Surgery Center

Innovative surgical care close to home

When you need heart surgery, you want to have the best possible care, including technical expertise and a compassionate, friendly environment, preferably close to home. You want the latest equipment and techniques to be available. And you want a coordinated system of care to minimize complications. At our Center for Advance Heart Care:
  • Every patient sees both a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon, and second opinions are available.
  • Quality control is of paramount importance. Doctors meet with nurses and other heart team members on a regular basis to review procedures and outcomes. We benchmark our results against national norms set by the country’s finest centers.
  • Our surgeons are focused on outcomes at The University of Kansas Health System. Unlike other groups, we do not operate or take care of patients at multiple facilities.
  • A cardiac anesthesiologist as part of every heart surgery team. This doctor performs a sound wave interrogation of the heart (transesophageal echocardiogram) on every patient. This added information improves the quality and completeness of the procedure.
  • Our surgeons are on the forefront of innovation. They participate in several unique clinical trials. Percutaneous valve surgery and robotic heart operations are two areas in which the surgeons have developed special expertise.
  • Heart surgery patients at our hospital experience outcomes comparable with the very best programs in the United States.

Why choose The University of Kansas Health System


Society of SurgeonsThe surgery program at the Center for Advanced Heart Care has received a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This rating goes only to the top 10 percent of the nation's surgery programs. It's based on quality performance measures. 

Based on its commitment to quality, the hospital’s heart and heart surgery program is ranked No. 36 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Hospitals list. This is our eleventh consecutive year ranking among the nation's top 50 hospitals. 


The University of Kansas Health System is the only hospital in the region with a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship training program. This program is reflective of the hospital’s advancement in cardiothoracic surgery, and it will help ensure the availability of well-trained surgeons for the region well into the future. 

Quality of care

Our health system and our heart care center have higher levels of patient satisfaction and lower levels of mortality than risk-adjusted models would predict.