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Published on October 30, 2018

North Kansas City Hospital Earns Platinum Level “Healthy KC” Certification

Healthy KC Platinum logoNorth Kansas City Hospital was awarded Platinum Level “Healthy KC” Certification by the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce. The award, which is the highest level achievable, recognizes NKCH’s efforts to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

The Chamber’s “Healthy KC” initiative evaluates an organization’s efforts to support its employees in five areas of health and wellness: nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation, work/life integration and design/build environment.

NKCH’s employee wellness program helps employees achieve wellness in a variety of areas. Free lab work and on-campus fitness classes, an employee assistance program, wellness newsletters and on-site seminars on topics ranging from managing stress to planning for retirement are just a few ways NKCH supports a healthy workforce. Employees also have access to diabetes educators and an ergonomic specialist.

In the past year, nearly 1,500 NKCH employees participated in the wellness incentive program on some level.

“NKCH embraces an all-encompassing vision of employee wellness,” said Casey Quintanilla, NKCH’s wellness coordinator. “Our culture of wellness includes all avenues that promote positive physical, mental, social and financial health behaviors. We want our employees to strive to be healthy and engaged when they come to work.”

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 508 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs.

The hospital’s oncology partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center provides patients access to clinical trials only available at the nation’s leading cancer centers.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with more than 140 physicians and 40 advanced practitioners in 36 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.