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Published on August 06, 2019

North Kansas City Hospital Celebrates 25 Years of Home Health Excellence

Celebrating over two decades of nationally acclaimed care, August marked the 25th anniversary of North Kansas City Hospital’s Home Health agency. “Having the privilege to serve the community is special to us, and we hope to remain a provider of choice for home health services in the area, delivering the best possible care to each life we touch,” said Cheryl Foster, MHA, BSN, director of Home Health at NKCH.

Home Health Staff


Preceding its 25th anniversary, the agency received two recognitions for its outstanding services. On a state level, NKCH Home Health was the only Missouri agency selected as a top organization in the nation after BKD/Strategic Healthcare Programs analyzed data from over 12,000 Medicare-licensed providers. Nationally, NKCH was acknowledged as a premier performer by SHP. This honor was awarded because the agency earned an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 5% of 2,500 other home health providers in 2018.

While the rankings recognize the agency’s hard work, the team also celebrates their smaller victories.

“I enjoy being a Home Health physical therapist because our services allow patients to remain at home,” said Muriel Brock, PT - NKCH Home Health. “There are periods where we are their only contact with the outside world, which makes it especially rewarding when they’re able to return to their active lives.”

Brock likes being part of an interdisciplinary team that offers total patient care. From nurses, home care aides, and speech and occupational therapists to social workers, this dynamic team can address the complex needs of the growing patient population.

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. NKCH is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds and 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs, to home health and hospice, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

In 2018, NKCH earned Magnet® designation, the highest achievement for nursing excellence. The hospital’s oncology partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center provides our patients access to clinical trials only available at the nation’s leading cancer centers.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, NKCH offers the largest network of provider practices in the Northland, with more than 140 primary and specialty care physicians in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores.

NKCH also operates Wellness Corners located in the North Kansas City YMCA, the Gladstone Community Center and Zona Rosa shopping center. The Wellness Corners offer free blood pressure checks; the opportunity to talk with a nurse; programming on obesity, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease; health fairs and basic screenings; and wellness events.

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Each year, NKCH sponsors approximately 60 charitable and community organizations and serves more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs.

Explore North Kansas City Hospital’s full range of services at nkch.org, and discover all the services Meritas Health offers at MeritasHealth.com.

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