Health Care

These are the best hospitals around Kansas City, according to national rankings

The University of Kansas Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital again topped U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best hospitals in Kansas City.

North Kansas City Hospital and AdventHealth Shawnee Mission (formerly Shawnee Mission Medical Center) also earned high marks in the rankings released Monday.

It was the 10th straight year the news website has ranked KU as best in the Kansas City area.

“Being recognized year after year by U.S. News as the best hospital in our city, state and region is validation of our ability to provide outstanding care for our patients,” said Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer of the University of Kansas Health System.

KU also ranked as the top hospital in Kansas, ahead of Topeka’s Stormont Vail.

U.S. News evaluated more than 4,600 facilities nationwide for this year’s rankings.

The rankings are based on a mix of reputation and statistical performance across a range of specialities and surgical procedures. KU was nationally ranked in eight specialties, with its best ranking coming in urology at No. 19 in the country. It also ranked as “high performing” in six of common surgeries, out of nine U.S. News examined.

St. Luke’s Hospital on the Country Club Plaza ranked second in Kansas City and also came in second in Missouri, behind only Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

St. Luke’s was nationally ranked in cardiology and heart surgery (No. 42) and neurology and neurosurgery (No. 49) and also listed as “high performing” in six surgeries.

It was the sixth straight year KU and St. Luke’s were No. 1 and No. 2 in Kansas City. Last year no other hospitals in the metro scored high enough in any specific specialty area to be ranked and instead were listed alphabetically

But this year North Kansas City climbed to No. 3 in the area on the strength of its nephrology care and was “high performing” in seven surgeries. It also ranked No. 4 in Missouri.

“With so many exceptional medical institutions in Kansas City, we are honored that U.S. News & World Report has ranked us as the third-best hospital in the Kansas City area and the fourth best hospital statewide,” said CEO Peggy Schmitt. “As a community hospital, our staff understands that remarkable patient care is the key to providing hope and healing to every life we touch.”

AdventHealth was No. 4 in Kansas City and No. 3 in Kansas, earning “high performing” marks for colon cancer surgery and knee replacement.

Other area hospitals to earn “high performing” designation for specific conditions or procedures were: Research Medical Center (heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD), St. Luke’s East (heart failure and knee replacement), Olathe Medical Center (hip replacement), Providence Medical Center (COPD) , and Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (knee replacement).

No hospital in Kansas or Missouri made the U.S. News “honor roll” of top 20 in the nation. The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota was No. 1.

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Kansas City Star health reporter Andy Marso was part of a Pulitzer Prize-finalist team at The Star and previously won state and regional awards at the Topeka Capital-Journal and Kansas Health Institute News Service. He has written two books, including one about his near-fatal bout with meningitis.