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
  • Peggy Coffman, R.N., BSN, Heart Wellness Coordinator
  • Lucas Schubert, MScN, Nutrition Health Coordinator
  • Tracy Stevens, MD, Medical Director

 

News

Heart Healthy Woman of the Year

Tilly Lotspeich is clearly a woman in charge. You’d have to be, to be a female owner of car dealerships, and to make a success of them in the current economic climate. Lotspeich took over the family-run GM dealership in Warrensburg, Mo., five years ago after her husband died of a heart attack.

Saving lives, one handbag at a time
Saint Luke’s cardiologist Tracy Stevens, M.D., is sharing her considerable clinical expertise in a national heart health awareness campaign that launched on May 7. The campaign features actress/singer/author Vanessa Williams, who lost two grandmothers to heart attacks at young ages.
Proper Identification and Treatment of Heart Failure Dramatically Impacts Patient Quality of Life
Heart failure impacts more than five million people in the United States and is the number one reason adults over the age of 65 are admitted to the hospital.