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Published on September 01, 2018

Honors and Awards

National and local organizations recently recognized North Kansas City Hospital and some of its physicians and staff.

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Two NKCH Programs

NKCH 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 August 14. 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 didn’t treat enough 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.”

Home Health Ranks in Top 20% Nationwide

North Kansas City Hospital’s Home Health program has been named a Best Superior Performer for 2017 by Strategic Healthcare Programs. This award is given to agencies ranked in the top 20% nationwide in overall patient outcomes and patient satisfaction scores.

“We are proud of the agency’s success in achieving high patient satisfaction. This could not be accomplished without the contributions of every one of our employees,” said Cheryl Foster, North Kansas City Hospital Home Health director. “The nurses, therapists, social worker and aides who provide direct patient care are the ones who have earned the loyalty and praise from the patients we serve.”

The annual program acknowledges home health agencies that consistently provide high quality service to their patients. Strategic Healthcare Programs reviews and ranks the overall Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems’ (HHCCAHPS) patient satisfaction scores for more than 2,400 home health providers to determine award recipients.

Top 3 Pick by Ingram's Readers

In the annual readers’ poll, Ingram’s Magazine announced NKCH as the bronze winner in the Best Hospital category.