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.

U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2018-19, The University of Kansas Health System Ranked in 9 SpecialtiesOne of the nation's best hospitals

Our patients deserve the best quality care that enables the best chance of survival. Once again, our inclusion among U.S. News & World Report's best hospitals proves you'll find that care here.

For the 12th consecutive year, The University of Kansas Hospital earned recognition among the nation's best hospitals, this year ranking in 9 medical and surgical specialties. We were again honored as the best hospital in Kansas City and in Kansas.

Quality matters. Whether it's a common or complex issue, why trust your life to anyone else?

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 5th among top academic medical centers

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 is particularly meaningful because it recognizes high performance in the most critical areas of care, including 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.

"The University of Kansas Health System has been one of the most consistent performers in Vizient rankings in recent years," said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Health System. "Twenty years ago, we were nowhere on the radar, but when you look at our Vizient performance today, it is a testament to what we have been able to establish. We're transforming care in Kansas with quality as a cornerstone."

The University of Kansas Health System was a 2017 Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award winnerRecognized with Pinnacle of Excellence Award

The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City is a proud recipient of the 2017 Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award. The honor recognizes extraordinary achievements of top-performing healthcare organizations.

Our health system was recognized for our consistently high level of excellence in patient experience. The award honors the top three performers in each of several organization-type categories based on three years of performance data (May 2014-April 2017). The University of Kansas Health System was a top-ranked academic medical center for patient experience.

The award represents an important recognition from an industry leader in measuring, understanding and improving the patient experience.

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 2018 listing of 100 Great Hospitals in America. We are the only hospital in Kansas 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