Published on August 17, 2018

U.S. News & World Report Names NKCH High Performing in Heart Failure and Knee Replacement

North Kansas City Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as performing significantly better than the national average for treating patients in two specialties: heart failure and knee replacement. NKCH is the only hospital in the Northland with high-performing ratings in these specialties.

The publication’s 2018-19 Best Hospitals report was released on Tuesday, and this is the second consecutive year NKCH has been named high performing in heart failure care.

A hospital’s score is based on multiple data categories, including patient experience, survival and volume. Hospitals received one of three ratings – high performing, average or below average – unless they treated an insufficient number of patients to be rated.

“Our Heart Care Clinic is the first of its kind in the Northland with an annual readmission rate lower than the national average, and we are a leader in expert knee replacement,” said Gary Carter, MD, North Kansas City Hospital chief medical officer. “This recognition from U.S. News & World Report is a reflection of the relentless dedication of our physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse technicians, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and case managers, who strive to provide superior quality care to our patients.”

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 492 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 and advanced cancer treatment options, including world-class care through a partnership with The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

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 30 advanced practitioners in 30 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 & Wellnessprograms. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.