The University of Kansas Hospital’s ‘All-Star’ Month Includes MLB All-Star Coverage, National Cancer Institute Designation, Ten National U.S. News Rankings
It’s been an all-star month for The University of Kansas Hospital. Over the past couple of weeks, the hospital has experienced a number of high-profile, positive experiences.
Kansas City, KS (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
It’s been an all-star month for The University of Kansas Hospital. Over the past couple of weeks, the hospital has experienced a number of high-profile, positive experiences including:
- Serving as the official healthcare provider of Major League Baseball All-Star Week in Kansas City — the first time MLB has made this type of designation — treating more than 700 fans at first aid stations and other events during MLB All-Star Week.
- Playing a key role as part of the Kansas City Cancer Center in acquiring National Cancer Institute Designation – which allows patients to have access to clinical trials that are available only to NCI-designated cancer centers. The event brought Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to campus to make the formal announcement surrounded by the top leaders of the state of Kansas.
- Getting named to U.S. News & World Report’s national “Best Hospital” lists in ten of twelve medical and surgical specialty areas. The hospital was listed in six specialty areas the past two years.
“We started out with All-Star Week festivities, bringing the national spotlight to Kansas City; and then we had NCI announcement and we thought, ‘How can it in any way get better than that?’” said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital. “Then we turn around and get 10 specialties ranked in the top 50 in the country, up from six last year, on U.S. News and World Report’s national Best Hospital lists. It has been an amazing week and a half.”
The magazine also named The University of Kansas Hospital as the best adult hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the best adult hospital in Kansas. No other Kansas City-area hospital or Kansas hospital made any of the U.S. News national adult lists. Page said the hospital qualified as one of the best hospitals in the nation based overwhelmingly on quality of care and patient outcomes.
“This is a tribute to the partnership between our physicians, nurses and other health care providers,” he said. “You cannot get these results without all parties united in a single focus on quality patient care.”
U.S. News & World Report 2012 Rankings for The University of Kansas Hospital:
- Cancer (#37) — Only days after receiving National Cancer Institute designation, the clinical cancer program receives the “Best Hospital” list distinction for the second year in a row.
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#24) — This is the sixth year in a row for this program.
- Diabetes & Endocrinology (#38) — The specialty is listed for the first time.
- Ear, Nose & Throat (#20) – Listed for the fourth year in a row.
- Gastroenterology (#20) — This is the second year in a row on the list.
- Geriatrics (#17) — Patient care in this category was previously listed in 2010’s list.
- Nephrology (kidney) (#15) – Fourth year in a row listed.
- Neurology & Neurosurgery (#22) — This is the first time the specialty has made the list.
- Pulmonology (#15) — This is the third year in a row for this program to be listed.
- Urology (#45) — Urology was previously listed in 2010.
The University of Kansas Hospital is the region's premier academic medical center, providing a full range of care. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and their various leading edge research projects. The constantly growing facility contains 620 staffed beds and serves more than 27,000 inpatients annually. The cancer program is part of National Cancer Institute-designated The University of Kansas Cancer Center, based in the region’s largest outpatient cancer facility, the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion, located in Westwood, Kansas. The hospital has received Magnet nursing designation, reflecting the quality of care throughout the hospital, an honor awarded to only 6.6 percent of the hospitals nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.kumed.com.
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