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Our History and Growth
As an academic medical center, The University of Kansas Hospital occupies a unique position in the region’s healthcare community, caring for patients that other hospitals do not have the resources or expertise to treat.
Our physicians represent more than 200 medical specialties and services. These specialists work collaboratively to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options within a continuous network of care.
The University of Kansas Hospital does not receive state or local funding. As a not-for-profit, we reinvest our revenue into facilities, technology and resources that elevate the level of patient care we provide.
The history of The University of Kansas Hospital is a tale of triumph. We have evolved into a destination academic medical center sought out by patients and top-notch medical professionals from around the country. Our reputation as the region’s premier academic medical center was hard earned through a collective vision and commitment to unmatched patient care.
With his donation of land in 1905, Simeon Bell, MD, set the stage for academic medicine in Kansas City and the region. His gift led to the establishment of a hospital founded in 1906 as part of the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
The hospital marked an important milestone in 1998, when it became an independent hospital authority, no longer part of the School of Medicine, ending 92 years of state governance. The hospital's official name became The University of Kansas Hospital. In less than two decades, the hospital has transformed itself from a facility facing enormous challenges to one of the nation's top academic medical centers. This turnaround is a testament of the vision and dedication of our physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and staff – and our steadfast focus on putting the patient first.
- 1998: The University of Kansas Hospital is created by the Kansas Legislature as an independent authority.
- 1999: KU MedWest opens in Shawnee.
- 2000: Level 1 Trauma Center is verified. The region’s only nationally verified center, ensuring the highest-quality care for trauma victims.
- 2001: World-class cardiac care program is established. Mid-America Cardiology and MidAmerica Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons join the hospital to establish a world-class comprehensive cardiac care program for patients throughout the region.
- 2003: Sixth floor is added to the hospital.
- 2006: The Center for Advanced Heart Care opens and the hospital earns Magnet accreditation. Recognition indicates high-quality patient care and nursing excellence.
- 2007: Westwood, Kansas, outpatient cancer care facility opens. A $20 million gift from Annette Bloch enhances patient care programs, and the facility is named the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion.
- 2010: Burns & McDonnell High-Risk Prostate Cancer Prevention Program is established. Burns & McDonnell announces $1 million gift.
- 2011: Hospital becomes the official healthcare provider of the Kansas City Royals. In 2012, the hospital becomes the official healthcare provider of the Kansas City Chiefs.
- 2012: The University of Kansas Cancer Center becomes one of just 68 facilities nationwide to earn National Cancer Institute designation.
- 2012: Hospital earns Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation. The hospital is the first in Kansas City to earn this designation for high-quality stroke care.
- 2012: Indian Creek Campus opens. The University of Kansas Hospital – Indian Creek Campus in Johnson County, Kansas, helps meet increased demand for surgical care.
- 2013: Center for Transplantation opens. The center provides comprehensive care for liver, kidney and pancreas transplant patients in one location.
- 2013: U.S. News & World Report names us one of the nation’s best hospitals. The magazine lists us among the nation’s top 50 hospitals for adult care in nine medical and surgical specialties. We are also named the No. 1 hospital in Kansas City, the region and the state of Kansas. We have made the Best Hospitals list every year since 2007.
- 2013: Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing combines services with the hospital to offer additional support, programs and health resources to patients and their families.
- 2013: Blood and marrow transplant program provides more than 2,000 transplants. The region’s largest blood and marrow transplant program established in 1977, offers lifesaving procedures for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.
- 2013: Neonatal Medical Home opens. The first neonatal medical home in the nation offering a comprehensive range of specialized services in one location for babies who began life in our Neonatal ICU.
- 2017: Cambridge North Tower proposed to open. This addition will provide complex treatment options for more patients.
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