Quality Care
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Our Journey

Since the beginning, our goal has been to help patients recover – even those who believe they are out of options. We pair the skills of our caregivers with evidence-based healthcare and the most advanced technology. We offer this care with compassion, kindness and respect. It's just part of the reason why The University of Kansas Health System is one of the top academic health systems in the country for saving lives.

The road to excellence

More 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 our services 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. That's why we didn't just get better – we became exceptional. 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" so our patients have 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 physician groups in the region, bringing their expertise in hundreds of specialties to provide even the most complex care.

The University of Kansas Hospital

Our transformational journey

From humble beginnings, we have evolved into a destination academic health system sought out by patients and top-notch healthcare professionals from around the country.
Our history

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:

Nationally ranked
Our hospital has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals list since 2007.
Magnet recognized
We are a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, a designation shared by less than 7% of hospitals nationwide.
National accreditations
Our nationally accredited adult and pediatric burn center and Level I Trauma Center are the only centers 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. In 2018-19, nine adult specialties at The University of Kansas Hospital have been ranked among the best in the nation:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

Additionally, for the ninth time, U.S. News & World Report ranked The University of Kansas Hospital as the number one hospital in Kansas City and in Kansas.

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