Those We Serve

At the University of Kansas Medical Center, we enjoy the privilege of serving the people of Kansas. Whether coming through our doors as a student, patient, research subject or visitor, each person expects and deserves our best. We are committed to meeting and exceeding that expectation.

Our Students | Our Patients | Our scientific Colleagues and Sponsors | Our Communities

Our students

KUMC Students"What do you think?" one student asked the group as they discussed a class exercise. Gathered around a table in the corner of the Murphy Hall lobby were four KU Medical Center students: one from medicine, one from nursing, one from pharmacy and one from physical therapy. Each participant in the discussion voiced an opinion; each listened with interest and respect. As part of the Interprofessional Clinic, the students are strengthening communication and teamwork skills and modeling behavior that will result in the best patient care. Interprofessional education develops future professionals who will, indeed, lead healthcare.

High expectations for graduates

Dr. Karen Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, has a high expectation for our graduates: that they be hired preferentially by future employers. KU Medical Center graduates should be first among applicants as they seek jobs, residencies and fellowships. To achieve this, we recognize the need to have an innovative curriculum, and interprofessional education (IPE)[1] is an important part of such a curriculum. Our IPE program began in 2010 and has been growing since then.

  • According to the 2013 KU Medical Center Student Survey, 94 percent of students would recommend KU Medical Center to a friend.
  • On October 18, 2013, nearly 100 students and 30 faculty and staff participated in the first Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborations pilot program. The IPE program continues to develop interprofessional programs with the goal of reaching every student at in our schools.
  • The Diversity Taskforce completed its extensive review and analysis of KU Medical Center's diversity programs and initiatives[2]. The work of the taskforce in 2013 has set the stage for building on strengths and for addressing opportunities for improvement in our diversity programs.

Our patients

Burn PatientIt's 2:55 p.m. on a December day, and a woman takes a moment to look at a sign in the Delp corridor. A staff member asks if she needs help finding her way. "No," she replies, "I'm really familiar with this place. I've been coming here for years," longer, in fact, than the staff member has worked at KU Medical Center.

They walk along the corridor - from Delp to Wescoe and around the corner into Murphy - the staff member lending an ear to a visitor who needs to talk. It turns out that her son is having his 92nd surgery; on this day he is having a tumor removed from his brain. On her face are the lines of years of worry for a child whose body is ravaged by disease. In her eyes and in her voice, though, is the strength of a survivor, and in her words are confidence and faith in the knowledge and skill of her son's healthcare team.

She has chosen KU for the best care for her son.

Each day, our patients present us with myriad moments to serve and to care. Whether it's helping someone find their way to a clinic or performing a surgery that will save a life, each faculty and staff member plays a role in our mission to heal.

The best care

Because it is the only academic medical center in the state, the citizens of Kansas look to KU Medical Center for the best care. Along with our clinical partners, KU Medical Center healthcare providers handle the toughest, most complex cases and do so with compassion and quality and expertise.

KU Medical Center's primary partner in Kansas City is The University of Kansas Hospital, and it is there that KUMC faculty physicians provide care. It is a partnership that delivers amazing results[3].

  • In 2013, inpatient, emergency and outpatient visits all grew by more than nine percent, providing greater access to the people of Kansas and areas surrounding.
  • The University of Kansas Hospital ranked 89 out of 1,000 hospitals in patient satisfaction.
  • More than 92 percent of patients ranked their experience in the hospital as "good" or "very good," indicators or excellent patient experiences.
  • The case mix index, which measures severity of illness among hospitalized patients increased by 1.8 percent, ranking The University of Kansas Hospital in the top 25 percent of teaching hospitals caring for the most seriously ill patients.

In Wichita, the KU School of Medicine partners with Via Christi Health and Wesley Medical Center.

  • In FY2012, Via Christi provided $90.5 million in community benefit, including $46.8 million in charity care, $21.7 million in unpaid costs of Medicaid services and $22 million in other services to the community.
  • Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually, and more than 6,000 babies are delivered annually at Wesley, which is more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley Medical Center boasts the largest Emergency Department in Kansas, the only Gamma Knife Center in the area and state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care and pediatric intensive care units.

In Salina, Salina Regional Health Center is KU Medical Center's primary partner.

  • In 2012, the most recent year for which figures are available, Salina Regional Health Center provided more than $25 million in unreimbursed community benefit, supporting care for the underserved.

The Veterans Administration Health Care System in eastern Kansas is another important partner to KU Medical Center. In addition to training KU Medical Center residents, members of the medical staff at the Veterans Administration Hospitals hold faculty appointments at KU Medical Center.

In 2013, KU Medical Center, along with The University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Kansas Physicians and Children's Mercy Hospital, worked toward developing an integrated pediatrics program[4], which was finalized at the beginning of 2014.

Our Scientific Colleagues and Sponsors

Anat ResearchReena Rao was sitting at a crowded table in the Varnes Conference Center as the facilitator asked the room, "What's your 'why?'"

Dr. Rao, an assistant professor in Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension, was a participant in Leading the Jayhawk Way, a leadership development program that she was attending to further develop supervisory skills that could result in more effective lab management.

Dr. Rao spoke up, "My 'why'" -- the personal vision one has for oneself and one's work she said, "is I believe that I can cure Polycystic Kidney Disease." The simplicity and sincerity of her "why" left little doubt among the other program participants that Dr. Rao would be successful.

Dr. Rao's "why" is just one example of the many astonishing, awe-inspiring "why's" that are expanding knowledge, finding cures and fulfilling our mission to discover.

Revolutionary discoveries

Research is the engine that powers discovery, leading to treatments and cures that impact lives - in Kansas and around the world. Astonishing research and revolutionary discoveries are taking place at KU Medical Center in all areas of the health sciences.

  • In 2013, KU Medical Center faculty published approximately 1,000 journal articles, expanding knowledge in the scientific community.
  • In Fiscal Year 2013, KU Medical Center researchers were awarded more than $116 million in extramural research funding across 716 awards.
  • In Fiscal Year 2013, the School of Medicine ranked 31 out of 84 public institutions in NIH funding; the School of Nursing ranked 36 and the School of Health Professions ranked 11.
  • Since 2007, Cancer Center efforts have generated approximately $475 million in direct investment to recruit cancer researchers and renovated lab space. An estimated $465 million in indirect economic activity in the region has been generated in that same time.
  • In 2013, Dr. Roy Jensen and his team developed a strategic plan for the application for Comprehensive Cancer Center designation.[5]

Across every department at KU Medical Center astonishing research is taking place, both externally funded and internally supported. Our goal is to continue making our mark, not just in national rankings, but in changing lives for the better.

Our Communities

"In 1905, the University of Kansas Medical Center was established on the most eastern edge of Kansas facing West to remind us why we go to work: We work for Kansans."

It's hard to get further west in Kansas than Morton County. In the southwest corner of the state, Morton County is served by one of KU Medical Center's Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). AHECs serve the state through student education initiatives, professional education for healthcare providers, health screenings, clinics and public presentations on health-related topics. In Morton County, our students have received hands-on training through the Rural Preceptorship Program, our graduates live and practice in the county, area healthcare providers participate in continuing education provided by KU Medical Center, and county residents have benefitted from care provided through our clinical outreach activities. This is just one county in the great state of Kansas.

Results for Kansas

  • KU Medical Center has a presence in every one of Kansas' 105 counties through education, discovery and healing[6].
  • In 2013, KU Medical Center's Community Partnership Award[7] went to the Kansas Sepsis Project, which seeks to cut mortality from severe sepsis in the state of Kansas by 10 percent by the end of 2015.
  • In 2013, the KU Medical Center Outreach Aircraft Program[8] flew 100 missions, bringing healthcare providers to every corner of the state.

Goal A.I and G in the original plan / Educate boxes 2 and 4 and Collaboration and Professionalism competencies in the refined plan
[2] Goal G in the original plan / Diversity and Inclusion competencies in the refined plan
[3] Goal C.III in the original plan / Heal boxes 1, 2 and 3 in the refined plan
[4] Goal C.II in the original plan / Heal box 2 and 4 in the refined plan
[5] Goal B.I in the original plan / Discover box 4 in the refined plan
[6] Goal D.II in the original plan / Engage box 1 in the refined plan
[7] Goals D.II and IV in the original plan / Engage boxes 1 and 2 in the refined plan
[8] Goal D.IV in the original plan / Engage box 1 in the refined plan

Last modified: Feb 19, 2014