KANSAS CITY, MO — Research Medical Center ranks in the Top 2 in Missouri for stroke care and is a Stroke Excellence Award Winner, according to a new analysis released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. For the State Ranking analysis, Healthgrades evaluated clinical performance for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide focusing on eight key specialties across a mix of chronic, urgent, and planned clinical areas. 

Research Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider.

"Research Medical Center is honored to be recognized as a top provider for stroke care in Missouri," says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Ashley McClellan, FACHE. "This ranking highlights the importance our dedicated stroke care team places on high-quality stroke care and clinical outcomes for our patients. Because of the team’s expertise, commitment and compassion, people who have suffered debilitating strokes are given the best chance to restore their quality of life—ability to walk and talk again, resume their jobs, hobbies and independence, and precious time spent with family and friends. Each of our patient’s success stories reflects the team’s excellence.”

Hospitals recognized as among the Top Ranked in their state by Healthgrades are providing patients with measurably superior clinical outcomes. For the 2022 Analysis, Healthgrades compared state ranking recipients as a group, to all other qualified hospitals, as a group, and found:

  • From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving a state ranking for Stroke Care have on average:
    • 38.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that were not state ranked for Stroke Care. *
  • From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive a state ranking for Stroke Care have, on average:
    • 1.62 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals that were state ranked for Stroke Care. *

Access to quality information can inform and empower consumers in their decision-making process and direct them to the best care. Therefore, Healthgrades is committed to delivering the most scientifically accurate and comprehensive information about doctors and hospitals—with data insights not available anywhere else.

“Being recognized among the Top 2 in Missouri for Stroke is a great achievement that reflects Research Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to high-quality care. Hospitals receiving a top state ranking have much to be proud of as their deep medical expertise has built a track record of delivering positive outcomes for their patients," says Healthgrades Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science Brad Bowman, M.D.  “For almost 25 years, our mission has been to provide consumers with clear and accessible information to make more informed healthcare decisions. Patients can feel confident knowing that they have access to top-ranked care for Stroke at Research Medical Center.”

Earlier this year, Research Medical Center was also recognized by Healthgrades as a Patient Safety Excellence Award™ recipient. This distinction places Research Medical Center among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals as evaluated by Healthgrades.

Consumers can visit healthgrades.com for more information on how Healthgrades measures hospital quality and access the complete methodology here.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

 To view the complete methodology, please visit: Healthgrades Specialty State Rankings Methodolgy (https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/healthgrades-specialty-state-rankings-methodology)