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Published on July 31, 2019

U.S. News & World Report Ranks NKCH No. 3 Best Hospital in Metro and No. 4 Best Hospital Statewide

North Kansas City Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the third Best Hospital in the metro area and the fourth Best Hospital in Missouri. Additionally, the hospital received High Performing ratings for the following procedures and conditions: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Aortic Valve Surgery, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement and Knee Replacement. NKCH also earned a High Performing rating in the medical specialty of Nephrology.

“With so many exceptional medical institutions in Kansas City, we are honored that U.S. News & World Report has ranked us as the third Best Hospital in the Kansas City area and the fourth Best Hospital statewide,” said Peggy Schmitt, president and CEO of North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health. “As a community hospital, our staff understands that remarkable patient care is the key to providing hope and healing to every life we touch.”

In this year’s Best Hospitals list, U.S. News & World Report assessed more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Of those hospitals, only 569 were recognized as a Best Regional Hospital in a state or metro area. NKCH was recognized at both the state and metro-area level. To earn a coveted U.S. News Best Hospitals badge and/or Best Regional Hospitals badge, hospitals must earn a Top 50 ranking in a medical specialty or High Performing ratings in a minimum of three procedures and/or conditions. Overall, NKCH ranked High Performing in one medical specialty and seven procedures and conditions.

More than 60 million consumers defer to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list for help with their healthcare decisions.

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.

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