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Awards & Accreditations

North Kansas City Hospital provides a full continuum of care from the highest level of neonatal intensive care to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs to home health and hospice. North Kansas City Hospital is the only hospital in Missouri and one of only 53 hospitals in the country to receive the Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center accreditation from the American Heart Association. In addition, the Hospital is an accredited Cycle IV Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a major trauma center and has one of the busiest adult/pediatric Emergency Departments in Kansas City.

The Joint Commission

TJCNorth Kansas City Hospital ranks among the best in the nation, according to The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission officials remarked, “North Kansas City Hospital is an excellent hospital. A warm and friendly place full of employees deeply dedicated to quality care.” 


ACTION Registry - Get With The Guidelines

Action Registry AwardThe Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s ACTION Registry – Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014.

To receive the ACTION Registry – GWTG platinum award, the Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association for eight consecutive quarters. The Hospital also met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific measures, including drug safety and overall quality of care.

Becker's Hospital Review

Becker'sBecker’s Hospital Review has named North Kansas City Hospital in its list of “100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs” which recognizes hospitals that have some of the most respected heart programs in the country. Designated hospitals are institutions with programs that demonstrate excellent clinical outcomes, cutting-edge research, cardiac risk-reduction programs, and an innovative approach to cardiac care. Read more.

Blue Distinction Award

Blue DistinctionBlue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care® have demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for cardiac patients. Each facility meets stringent clinical criteria, developed in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations recommendations, including the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). North Kansas City Hospital is the first Northland hospital to achieve this distinction. Learn more.

Most Wired Hospital

Most WiredThe Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation's Most Wired in 2013 in the Most Improved category. We're focused on providing high quality patient care and safety through technology to help improve efficiency.

National Quality Award, Respiratory Care

North Kansas City Hospital has again earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) award for the eighth consecutive year. The award is part of a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of respiratory care services available in hospitals.

North Kansas City Hospital is one of only 700 hospitals out of 5,000 in the United States that received the award.

Named 2013 Top 500 Agency, HomeCare Elite™

Home HealthThe HomeCare Elite™ is the definitive compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the U.S. This review recognizes the Top 25 percent of agencies based on an analysis of quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information. The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind and is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of healthcare informatics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of homecare's most respected independent newsletter, Home Health Line.


Cancer Program

North Kansas City Hospital's cancer program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (COC). Patients who receive care in a COC program are ensured access to quality care close to home; comprehensive care offering state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; access to cancer clinical trials; education and support; lifelong patient follow-up through a cancer registry; and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.

To receive COC accreditation, facilities undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review with an on-site review every three years to maintain approval.


A partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center manages and operates the radiation oncology program at the Hospital with physician staffing provided by The University of Kansas Cancer Center. The University of Kansas Cancer Center also operates and staffs a medical oncology program. Through the partnership, patients gain greater access to treatment options including clinical trials available only at National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers. Learn more about the partnership and our membership with Midwest Cancer Alliance.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a nationally accredited program as certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cycle 4 Chest Pain Center

Chest Pain CenterAfter an extensive on-site survey, the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care has granted NKCH the prestigious Cycle 4 accreditation with PCI as an approved Chest Pain Center. Accreditation demonstrates a continuum of improvement, with each cycle building on the previous one. Cycle IV accreditation included an in-depth review of the protocols NKCH has for communicating effectively with emergency medical service personnel in the field. North Kansas City Hospital remains the only Northland hospital with this honor.

Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center

Mission:LifelineThe Hospital has been named one of only 53 hospitals in the country and the only hospital in Missouri to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. Our Chest Pain Center consistently exceeds the national and state averages for quick response in getting heart attack patients to treatment.

Wound Healing Center

North Kansas City Hospital's Wound Healing Center is one of only five facilities in Missouri with accreditation by the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., the recognized authority in the field of hyperbaric medicine.

"We are pleased to receive this recognition as it means our physician, nursing and technological skills are among the best in the country, which means the best care for our patients," says Karl Stark, MD, medical director of the Wound Healing Center.


Our laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).