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The University of Kansas Hospital Named One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals in 2014

Published: 02/25/2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Hospital has been named one of America’s 100 Best HospitalsTM, as measured by Healthgrades. 

The hospital is recognized by Healthgrades for achieving clinical outcomes that are better than expected across a majority of procedures and conditions performed, from 2010 to 2012 consistently, year after year, for a minimum of four years. It is the only hospital in the metropolitan Kansas City area so honored.

In addition, The University of Kansas Hospital was one of ten hospitals interviewed for Healthgrades new report, “Voices of America’s Best: Strategies That Sustain Quality”, which takes an in-depth look at the strategies, goals and processes of the country’s top performing hospitals. Hospital officials contributed their experience and best practices they credit for sustaining their performance and placing them in the top 2% of all hospitals in the U.S. 

“Every day, our physicians work closely with nurses and other health professionals to do what’s right for each individual patient. It is an honor when an organization such as Healthgrades recognizes this dedication, but we are also honored when patient after patient send family and friends to us for care because of the great experience they had,” said Christopher Ruder, RN, MS, vice president of patient care services at The University of Kansas Hospital.


Four questions on the Healthgrades honor answered by Christopher Ruder, RN, MS, Vice President Patient Care Services, followed by video of patient care at The University of Kansas Hospital.

From 2010 to 2012, Healthgrades America’s 100 Best hospitals, as a group, had an overall 24.53% lower risk-adjusted mortality rate across 19 procedures and conditions where in-hospital mortality was the clinical outcome, compared to all other hospitals in the nation. From 2010 to 2012, if all other hospitals had performed at the level of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals, 160,701 lives could have potentially been saved nationwide.   

Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals Award™ recognizes hospitals for consistent clinical excellence by identifying those that received a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for the most consecutive years. To be eligible for the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, a hospital had to have been evaluated for its performance in at least 21 of the 30 Healthgrades procedures and conditions, based on Medicare inpatient data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database. To learn more about how Healthgrades determines America’s Best Hospitals Award recipients, please visit

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