Kansas, City, MO — Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider—has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification following a rigorous, unannounced site visit in December 2023. During the visit, Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards of the Research Medical Center Cardiovascular Program.

The Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification encompasses nine service lines: acute coronary syndrome, percutaneous coronary intervention, diagnostic heart catheterization, electrophysiology, structural heart, heart failure, cardiac rehab, cardiovascular surgery, cardiogenic shock, and resuscitation.

“This designation by The Joint Commission truly demonstrates the expertise and collaboration of our entire heart and vascular team and their commitment to excellence at every touch point in the continuum of care,” said Research Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Julian Yang, MD, MBA. When treating heart attacks, every second counts and our team is dedicated to providing outstanding, life-saving care.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by The Joint Commission for the exceptional care and unwavering commitment our heart and vascular team provides to our patients daily," said Research Medical Center CEO Paul Hancock, MD.

“This prestigious designation is a testament to our cardiac team's extraordinary skill and collaboration and their commitment to high-quality care.”

“Advanced Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend Research Medical Center for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher-quality, and more compassionate care for individuals served.”

“We congratulate Research Medical Center for this outstanding achievement,” said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for cardiac patients.”

For more information, visit The Joint Commission website. For more information about Research Medical Center and its comprehensive services, visit the Research Medical Center webpage and the Research Medical Center - Brookside Campus webpage.