Research Medical Center
October 26, 2022

Kansas City, MO — HCA Midwest Health — Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider with seven hospitals and dozens of outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other facilities and services to meet area residents’ healthcare needs across the region — today announced that Research Medical Center has been recognized with two 2023 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Top 100 Hospital Awards™ from Healthgrades, the leading marketplace connecting doctors and patients.

Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards recognize the top 10% of hospitals across the country in 17 specialty care areas. Among those in the top 10%, the very best hospitals are named among the top 100 in the country. Research Medical Center received the following Healthgrades awards:

  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Surgery™ in 2023
  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ in 2023
Healthgrades Americas 100 Best - Stroke Care 2023


Healthgrades Americas 100 Best - Gastrointestinal Surgery 2023


Research Medical Center is the only hospital in the Kansas City region – and the only hospital in Missouri – to earn the America’s Best 100 Hospital for Stroke Care honor this year.

“HCA Midwest Health is honored to have Research Medical Center recognized as a top 100 hospital in the country for stroke care and gastrointestinal surgery,” says HCA Midwest Health President Keith Zimmerman. “These awards speak to our organization’s commitment to high-quality specialty care and our dedication to strong physician partnerships to achieve results that matter to consumers. We are proud our investments in our caregivers, processes, technology and training make a difference in healthcare, and we will continue making clinical quality a priority and delivering outstanding care.”

“Excellence in all aspects of patient care is what we strive for every day at Research Medical Center,” says Research Medical Center CEO Ashley McClellan, FACHE. “This honor speaks to the outstanding efforts of our gastrointestinal surgical team and our stroke team in our Comprehensive Stroke Center, which handles the highest and most complex cases with dedication and compassion. These teams’ commitments to specialty excellence deserve recognition and we are so proud of their accomplishments and for always striving to make Research Medical Center the best place for specialized care in Kansas City.”

Healthgrades evaluated patient mortality and complication rates for 31 of the most common conditions and procedures at nearly 4,500 hospitals across the country to identify the top-performing hospitals for specialty care. This year’s analysis revealed significant variation in patient outcomes between hospitals with a 2023 Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Award and hospitals that did not receive the award.

“We commend Research Medical Center for its ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care to patients being treated for/undergoing the recognized service lines,” says Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades. “Consumers can feel confident that recipients of the 2023 Excellence Award have demonstrated their ability to deliver consistently exceptional outcomes.”

In addition to Research Medical Center’s accolades, several HCA Midwest Health facilities earned quality awards, including the only two hospitals in the Kansas City region to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Surgical Care™ Awards. Other HCA Midwest Health hospitals were also recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac, stroke care, gastrointestinal surgery, joint replacement, orthopedic surgery, coronary intervention, spine surgery, pulmonary care, vascular surgery, and critical care service lines. More information on those Healthgrades awards can be found here.

Consumers can visit to learn more about how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access a patient-friendly overview of the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2019 through 2021 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2019 through 2021.Click here to view the complete 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards and Ratings Methodology.