Since becoming an independent hospital in 1998, The University of Kansas Health System has become one of the top hospitals in the country, and our accomplishments speak to how far we've come. Today, we have earned a reputation as the region's premier academic medical center, offering a full range of services. Our patient-focused business model is the reason we save more lives and offer better care.
The recognition we receive demonstrates our commitment to world-class patient care and our vision to lead the nation in caring, healing, teaching and discovering. To earn this recognition, our physicians, nurses and staff must meet or exceed national standards of excellence in areas such as safety, quality and ethics.
The Joint Commission is nationally recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to excellent patient care. We have been continuously accredited by The Joint Commission since 2008. This three-year accreditation indicates that we meet The Joint Commission's high performance standards and recognizes the dedication, knowledge and professionalism of our staff.
As a Magnet®-designated hospital, we have been recognized for delivering the very best patient care and achieving the best outcomes. Magnet status, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, recognizes nursing excellence and the important role our nurses play in our commitment to excellent care and service. Fewer than 8% of all U.S. hospitals have attained Magnet designation.
The University of Kansas Hospital was originally designated as a Magnet® facility in 2006 and was the first hospital in Kansas to attain the designation. This recognition underscores the outstanding level of nursing quality and patient care. Designated hospitals demonstrate higher quality care, significantly higher levels of patient satisfaction and consumer confidence, as well as greater success in recruiting and retaining the best nurses.
When you need the most advanced care, you’ll find our hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a healthcare leader.
Once again, The University of Kansas Hospital was named the best hospital in Kansas City and in Kansas. No other hospital has ever held these honors. We also ranked among the nation's best in 6 specialties, the most of any hospital in the region.
In the most robust study of its kind of American academic hospitals, The University of Kansas Health System ranked 5th among 99 academic hospitals in quality and patient safety outcomes, receiving Vizient's 2018 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.