Research Medical Center
September 28, 2023

Kansas City, MO – Research Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City's premier healthcare leader — received “A” Grades on the 2023-24 Lown Institute Hospitals Index for patient safety, inclusivity and social responsibility, among many other esteemed recognitions. This national distinction recognizes Research Medical Center's achievements through strong performance across metrics of patient outcomes, health equity and value of care, among others, out of more than 3,600 hospitals and 295 health systems nationwide.

“Providing safe, high-quality and compassionate patient care is the priority of Research Medical Center,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, Paul Hancock, MD. “These coveted 'A' grades from Lown Institute reflect the hospital's rich history and the commitment of our physicians, caregivers and team members to achieve the highest standards of patient safety for exceptional outcomes, while creating a culture of inclusion and social responsibility.”

“When communities have access to socially responsible healthcare, our nation grows stronger,” said Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute. “That's why it's so important to hold up these high-performing hospitals as examples for others to follow.”

Research Medical Center ranked 17th out of more than 3,600 hospitals for racial inclusivity, and one of only two within the region. According to the Index, the hospital also received “A” grades for:

  • Health Equity Grade: A
  • Community Benefit Grade: A
  • Inclusivity Grade: A
  • Cost Efficiency Grade: A
  • Racial Inclusivity Grade: A
  • Top 5 in Missouri for Patient Safety
  • Top 5 in Missouri for Inclusivity
  • Top 5 in Missouri for Racial Inclusivity

In the fourth annual and largest set of rankings to date, the 2023-24 Lown Index evaluates hospitals on more than 50 measures--including novel metrics such as community benefit, racial inclusivity, and avoidance of overuse--for more than 3,600 hospitals nationwide. Data sources include Medicare fee-for-service and Medicare Advantage claims, CMS patient safety data, hospital cost reports, and IRS 990 forms, among others.

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