Saint Luke’s Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center

Saint Luke’s Health System established the Women’s Heart Center in 1994, the first of its kind in the United States to take a proactive role in addressing women’s heart health. In 2004, we received a generous gift from Kansas City philanthropist Julia Irene Kauffman, in honor of honor of her mother. In 2010, the new Muriel I. Kauffman Women's Heart Center was unveiled at Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

The facility allowed us to expand our services, including community health programs, cooking classes, and more. Here, women receive the latest state-of-the-art education based on proven, multidisciplinary research-based protocols.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over age 35:

  • Eighty percent of all women have at least one risk factor.
  • Women who have had chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or high blood pressure during pregnancy and those with polycystic ovary syndrome have a higher risk for heart disease.
  • Eighty-five percent of all heart disease can be prevented.

Education and awareness are two of the best defenses we have against heart disease. The Women’s Heart Center team specializes in:

  • Screenings, assessments, and education
  • Heart wellness packages, including a special package for couples. The Heart Wellness Packages are under the supervision of an advanced cardiovascular nurse
  • Education using the most current prevention strategies
  • Food as Medicine Everyday, under the supervision of a Master of Science in Nutrition

Recognition and engagement

The Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center received the inaugural Women’s Day Red Dress Award in recognition of its commitment to saving the lives of American women. The Women’s Heart Center is consistently recognized nationally for its commitment to women’s heart health.

  • Recognized at two White House receptions for pioneering efforts in women's heart health
  • Recognized as a partner with the CDC Million Hearts Initiative, a program designed to help save lives through education on lowering blood pressure and reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease
  • Recognized as a founding partner of the Food as Medicine Institute Alliance
  • Founding partner of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Heart Truth Campaign, a national lifesaving campaign that has raised awareness about cardiovascular disease in women

Our team members:

  • Are recipients of the Inaugural Woman’s Day Red Dress Award
  • Serve on the Woman’s Day Heart Health Advisory Board
  • Serve on the Scientific Advisory Council with WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease in Washington, D.C.
  • Serve as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association

Meet our team:

  • Marcia McCoy, R.N., M.S.N., Director
  • Lucas Schubert, MScN, Nutrition Health Coordinator
  • Tracy Stevens, MD, Medical Director



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Lucas Schubert, Nutritional Coordinator with Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute and the Food As Medicine Everyday (FAME) program, shares how to make two tasty recipes at Seasons 52 for the 2019 Plaza Art Fair.
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KSHB: SCAD: The Top Cause of Heart Attacks in Young Women
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A group of women at the Chillicothe Correctional Center use the are of crocheting to give back to other women - women who have heart disease.
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