University of Kansas Hospital
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University of Kansas Hospital

The University of Kansas Health System, commonly known as KU Med,[1][2] is a nonprofit, academic medical center located in Kansas City, Kansas, United States. It is the region's only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center.[3] In 1998, it became an independent entity that receives no funding from the state of Kansas. The hospital is affiliated with the University of Kansas Medical Center, which comprises the schools of medicine, nursing and allied health. The University of Kansas Health System combines education, research and patient care. Physicians represent more than 200 specialties.

The center has 773 staffed beds; per year, there are 298,920 outpatient visits, 27,380 inpatient admissions and 47,771 emergency department visits.. The center performs annually 10,124 inpatient and 8,743 outpatient surgeries.[4]

University of Kansas Medical Center

Founded in 1906, KU Medical Center is a campus of the University of Kansas and offers educational programs through its Schools of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. The campus consists of academic units operating alongside The University of Kansas Hospital, which provides opportunities for clinical experience and residency positions.


The 'University of Kansas School of Medicine in Lawrence began as a one-year premedical course in 1880 and then offered a two-year course in 1899. It became a four-year school on April 21, 1905, when three private medical schools in the Kansas City area merged: the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Kansas City Medical College and the Medico-Chirurgical College.[5]

In 1906, Dr. Simeon Bishop Bell (May 13, 1820 - January 16, 1913) donated the land and cash totaling more than $100,000 to establish the original Eleanor Taylor Bell Hospital, in honor of his wife.[5]

That same year, the School of Medicine moved into the hospital, located on "Goat Hill" in Rosedale, at what is now Southwest Boulevard and 7th Street, in Kansas City, Kansas. Basic sciences were still taught in Lawrence, while clinical studies were taught at the Rosedale facility. A School of Nursing was also established in 1906.[5]

In the early 1920s, the medical school moved south to its present location at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard, and in the late 1940s, it was renamed the University of Kansas Medical Center. During the 1960s and 1970s, all studies moved to Kansas City, the School of Allied Health was established, and a new hospital officially opened in 1979.[5]

The hospital marked an important milestone in 1998, when it became an independent Hospital Authority, which receives no state funding. The hospital's official name currently is "The University of Kansas Health System" as it now incorporates more than 80 campuses across the Kansas City Metro. [5]

A sixth-floor was added to the hospital in 2003 to meet a growing demand for patient services. An expanded and renovated Cancer Center and new Breast Center, both featuring the latest technology and many patient amenities, opened that same year. Also in 2003, construction began on the Center for Advanced Heart Care, an expertly designed cardiac complex focused on serving the needs of patients and families, from curbside to bedside.[5]


  • 2017-2018 -- U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals ranked the hospital in the top 50 in 8 major specialties, including Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery and Neurology and Neurosurgery.[4]
  • 2012-2018 -- Since the award's inception, The University of Kansas Hospital has been ranked the best hospital in Kansas and in Kansas City by U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals.
  • 2018 -- Modern Healthcare named the hospital among the Best Places to Work in Healthcare[6]
  • 2018 -- American Hospital Association's Hospitals & Health Networks magazine ranked the hospital among the nation's 100 Most Wired hospitals[7]
  • 2007 -- U.S. Department of HHS awarded the hospital and its partner, Midwest Transplant Network, a third consecutive Medal of Honor for organ donations[8]
  • 2006-2021 -- American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded Magnet designation to the hospital, the first in Kansas to attain this coveted status

Cancer care

The University of Kansas Cancer Center earned the Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional quality from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer in 2007.[9] The outpatient Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion is designed to provide advanced medical care. The University of Kansas Cancer Center was awarded National Cancer Institute designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center on July 12, 2012.[10]

Organ transplantation

Hospital transplant teams have developed innovative techniques that minimize transplant trauma and prevent organ rejection. The hospital has one of the highest survival rates - and one of the shortest waiting lists - in the country for heart, kidney, liver and pancreas transplant.[11]

Deep brain stimulation surgery

The University of Kansas Hospital and Medical Center were among the primary testing centers for using DBS to treat Parkinson's disease and essential tremor.[12]


External links

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