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Level I Trauma Center

The University of Kansas Health System is equipped to handle every kind of medical emergency. We house the region's only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center, offering 24/7 on-site coverage by physicians board-certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

If you have a patient in need of emergency care, please contact our transfer center by calling 877-738-7286. Our physicians are also available for consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All referrals require a physician-to-physician consult to discuss the condition of the patient prior to acceptance.

What sets us apart

As an academic medical center, our research leads to new techniques that improve care and recovery for patients in need of emergency services.

Our patient outcomes consistently exceed the national averages for trauma, stroke, STEMI and burn.

  • Trauma – At The University of Kansas Health System, we hold dual national verification at the highest level in trauma and burn care. We specialize in high-acuity burn and trauma patients with complex, multisystem injuries. Our trauma mortality and complication rates are consistently lower than national averages and those of participants in the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program.
  • Stroke – Our outcomes are among the nation's best. In 2018, our patients experienced zero infections following the insertion of a pressure-monitoring system. We had zero complications or deaths following treatment of narrowed carotid arteries. And 80% of patients treated discharged to home after neurorehabilitation, as compared to regional and national rates of 77%.
  • STEMI – Outcomes for heart attack patients at our hospital exceed the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally, and our patients experience fewer complications than the national average. Our mortality rate for heart attack patients is significantly lower than the national standard.
  • Burn – Our burn mortality and complication rates are consistently lower than national averages. We are among only 85 burn centers nationwide to participate in the American Burn Association National Burn Repository. This allows us to benchmark our performance against other top-performing burn centers.

We offer a variety of appointment types. Learn more or call 913-588-1227 to schedule now.

Emergency services resources

On this page, you'll find helpful information pertaining to emergency services. Please check back for regularly updated information.

For additional information about the emergency services or resources offered at The University of Kansas Health System, contact Dan Hudson, RN, EMT-P, EMS liaison, by email or call 913-588-0824.

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Continuing education

As an academic medical center, The University of Kansas Health System understands the value of continued learning. That's why we regularly provide trauma education courses throughout the year.


Subscribe to On the Scene

On the Scene is a quarterly e-newsletter for emergency medical services professionals. Each issue features informative stories, articles and happenings in and around Kansas City, including:

  • News about our services and quality of care
  • Facts about emergency/trauma care
  • Continuing education opportunities for EMTs
  • Special events announcements

Transfer center contact information

Transfer a patient by calling toll free 877-738-7286. Learn more about our TCD transfer center guidelines.

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