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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.


Hospital Origins

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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.

Hospital Milestones

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