Our Journey

Since the beginning, our goal has been to help very sick patients recover – even those who believe they are out of options. We pair the skill of our caregivers with evidence-based medicine and the most advanced technology. We offer this care with compassion, kindness and respect.

The University of Kansas Health System is one of the top academic hospitals in the country in saving lives. Request your appointment online or call us at 913-588-1227, or toll free at 844-323-1227.

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The road to excellence

Less than 20 years ago, our health system was in critical condition. We could not invest in the technology and resources our staff and patients needed. Our employee turnover was high, and public perception of us was low. Our patients were not satisfied with their experience at our health system.

Just as we knew we had the ability to change our patients' lives, we believed we could change our destiny. So we didn't just get better – we got great. We now have a national reputation for doing things right, and we are rated among the country's top hospitals in quality and patient experience.

Our turnaround is a testament to the vision and dedication of our staff. Across the health system, our staff is engaged in transforming the delivery of care. From the Stroke Response Team that speeds care to patients showing symptoms of stroke, to the nurses who enforce "quiet time" to give our patients uninterrupted periods of peace, we are an organization that will not settle for anything less than excellence in everything we do. Add to that the power of one of the largest medical practices in the region, bringing their specialty expertise to provide even the most complex care.

Continuing a legacy of quality

Every day, we move closer to our goal of being the best health system in the country for patient care. Some of our most notable accomplishments include:

  • Our hospital has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list since 2007.
  • The University Health System Consortium's Quality and Accountability Study has consistently ranked our health system among the nation's best hospitals in quality and safety.
  • The University of Kansas Cancer Center has earned National Cancer Institute Designation, a prestigious honor that recognizes scientific excellence.
  • Our health system is a destination center for complex surgery and is among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for surgical volume.
  • We are a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, a designation shared by less than 7 percent of hospitals nationwide.
  • We are a leader in solid organ transplantation and have one of the most successful liver, kidney and pancreas transplant programs in the Midwest.
  • Our nationally accredited adult and pediatric burn center and Level I Trauma Center are the only of their kind in the Kansas City area.

Every year since 2007, our focus on patient outcomes and quality care has resulted in continued recognition by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list. Most recently, in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals 2018-19, nine adult specialties at The University of Kansas Hospital are ranked among the best in the nation:

Additionally, for the ninth time, U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list has ranked The University of Kansas Hospital as the number one hospital in Kansas City, the region and the state of Kansas.