KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City has been recognized on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings, released today. The rankings, now in their 29th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
“It is a tremendous honor to again be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as providing some of the best care in the nation. It is reflective of the talent and commitment of our Saint Luke’s physicians and nurses who bring the highest level of quality care to their patients each and every day,” said Julie L. Quirin, senior vice president of hospital operations for Saint Luke’s Health System. “We are especially proud to have the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute recognized as one of the best programs in the nation for their specialty.”
For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures, and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.
“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to health care consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”
Three specialty programs of Saint Luke’s Hospital are nationally ranked in the top 50. Only 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2018-19 earned national ranking in even one specialty.
Saint Luke’s nationally ranked programs are:
The hospital also ranks as high-performing in six specialty areas:
- Diabetes & Endocrinology
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely or entirely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and readmission rates, volume, patient experience, patient safety, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.
Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
For more information about the 2018-19 rankings, please visit our FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469906), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in late September.
About Saint Luke’s Hospital
Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System. Founded in 1882, Saint Luke’s Hospital is the flagship facility in the 16-hospital system. In 2003, the hospital earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an honor that recognizes national role models with the only Presidential Award for performance excellence. The full-service hospital consistently achieves top rankings in the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Council and offers award-winning stroke care and heart surgery, nationally ranked transplant programs, a comprehensive women’s health center, trauma services, and more. In 2011, the hospital opened its new $330 million campus renovation and expansion featuring a state-of-the-art heart center. In 2014, Saint Luke’s Hospital also achieved its third Magnet designation, recognizing excellence in nursing care and quality.
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