Quality Initiatives


I think of (The University of Kansas Cancer Center) as my healing center. It's where I found out I was cancer-free. It's such a welcoming feeling to come here.

-Rachel Leisy, cancer survivor

Read Rachel's success story.

Continuous improvement is part of our commitment to becoming the leading healthcare provider in the U.S. Our health system quality initiatives include programs and projects in Kansas City that protect patient safety, enhance the patient experience and save more lives.

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Hospital improvements

We are constantly working to improve patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes. Here are a few of the ways we're advancing:

  • 100,000 Lives / 5 Million Lives Campaigns – We took a leadership role in the 100,000 Lives Campaign, a nationwide initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to avoid preventable deaths in hospitals. And we have joined the 5 Million Lives Campaign to prevent medical injuries and harm.
  • The Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative – We are among a handful of hospitals using state-of-the-art technology and evidence-based guidelines to prevent brain damage following a traumatic brain injury.
  • Heart Safety – We've installed more than 100 automated external defibrillators (AED) around our campus to use them if someone suffers cardiac arrest.
  • Falls Prevention Program – As many as 10 percent of falls cause serious injuries. We are working on many initiatives to reduce patient fall risks and associated injuries.
  • Fully Automated Medical Lab – We have the first fully automated medical lab in the Kansas City area. We provide faster, more accurate lab results.
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) – "Partnering to Prevent Infection"
  • Optimal Outcomes = O2 – Optimal Outcomes, our electronic health record system, improves the way we deliver care.
  • Pneumatic Tube Transport System – This technology transports specimens from patient care to our lab safely and within seconds, speeding up the time it takes to address patients' needs, and patients spend less time waiting.
  • Rapid Response Team Model – We took the best components of the Rapid Response Team and Core Team models and expanded them well beyond their typical boundaries. The result? More lives saved.
  • Surviving Sepsis – We've reduced incidents of this life-threatening bloodstream infection by developing a sepsis identification tool and training our staff to quickly diagnose and treat sepsis.
  • Transforming Care at the Bedside – Our frontline staff members develop new ideas to improve patient care and service. They will typically try out an innovation on a small scale and measure its success before moving to wider adoption.