Truman Medical Centers Rated Among 5 Best Hospitals in Nation

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Kansas City health system is one of top five quality hospitals in the nation among participating members of the University HealthSystem Consortium. The national benchmarking study evaluated performance across the Institute of Medicine's six domains of care.

Truman Medical Centers is one of the top five quality hospitals in the nation, according to a recent study of academic medical centers. The national quality and safety award was bestowed on Truman Medical Centers, placing the Kansas City health system in the top five hospitals in a national benchmarking study that evaluated performance across the Institute of Medicine's six domains of care.

Truman Medical Centers was one of five hospitals among 83 participating members of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) awarded this national performance award. Other award recipients include:

  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics

"We are pleased to note Truman Medical Centers' ranking as a top performer in UHC's study. Truman Medical Centers is a leader in demonstrating the characteristics that foster a quality patient care environment," said Robert J. Baker, UHC's president and chief executive officer.

According to the study Truman Medical Centers, when compared with national statistics and other hospitals in the study, shows the following:

  • Safety: top performing scores among 15 Patient Safety Indicators (PSI) developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Mortality: lowest mortality for procedure-based Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQI) developed by AHRQ
  • Effectiveness: low readmission rates and top performing scores for bundled Core Measures used by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • Efficiency: top operational performance scores for cost and length of stay indicators
  • Equity: optimal scores for multiple angles of equity including gender, socioeconomic and race indicators
  • Financial: strong financial performance in terms of operating revenue, margin and the ability to access capital markets.

For the past four years, John W. Bluford, president and chief executive officer, has presided over the successful organizational transformation of Truman Medical Centers. During his tenure, the hospital has received top clinical quality ratings from UHC in the areas of patient safety, performance improvement and adult ICU care.

Truman Medical Centers has also been named a top performer in heart attack and heart failure care by the Missouri Medicare Quality Initiative program; one of "America's Best Hospitals" for asthma treatment by U.S. News and World Report; a "Top 100 Hospital" by Solucient for rating among the highest in improved patient outcomes and financial performance; a "Most Wired Hospital" by Hospitals & Health Networks; and with the University of Missouri Kansas City received the designation of National Center of Excellence in Women's Health by the Department of Health & Human Services.

Bluford says quality, compassion, customer service and innovation form the nucleus of Truman Medical Centers' mission of providing quality, accessible medical care to the Kansas City community. "This recognition represents tangible reinforcement and validation that we are on the right track in terms of our focus on good clinical outcomes. It also puts a positive spotlight on Kansas City, which can now add Truman Medical Centers to the short list of area institutions receiving national recognition for quality. This award is also a testament to the excellent care and services provided by our physicians, nurses and other staff working with patients everyday. Quality such as this doesn't exist without the right people and we are fortunate to have some of the best."

About Truman Medical Centers

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) is a two hospital not-for-profit health system located in Kansas City. Its downtown location, TMC Hospital Hill is the largest provider of outpatient care in Kansas City and operates the busiest adult emergency room and the only Level 1 trauma center in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Its suburban location, TMC Lakewood is located near Lee's Summit and provides a range of specialty and outpatient services, including primary care, rehabilitation, obstetrics and women's health and geriatrics.

About University HealthSystem Consortium

The University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) is an alliance of academic health centers. UHC provides its 91 full members and 123 associate members a variety of resources aimed at improving performance levels in clinical, operational and financial areas.


Deborah Holmes

Truman Medical Centers

Phone: 816-404-3775


Carol Dobies, MBA

Dobies Healthcare Group

Phone: 816-753-3336 ext. 332


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