Our Awards

North Kansas City Hospital's Awards and Accreditations

 North Kansas City Hospital has received a number of accolades and accreditations for excellence in healthcare, including being recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers, for the second consecutive year, as well as a top 20 employer in Missouri. As a leader in high technology and exceptional care, we’re proud to be one of the first hospitals in the country to implement a cardiac hospice program, PACS (a fully integrated filmless radiology system) and a pharmacy "robot," which stores, retrieves and dispenses medication.

Joint Commission
North Kansas City Hospital ranks among the best in the nation, according to The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission officials remarked, "North Kansas City Hospital is an excellent hospital. A warm and friendly place full of employees deeply dedicated to quality care." We've also been recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and perinatal care.

North Kansas City Hospital is a Magnet® designated hospital. The recognition, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the highest achievement a hospital can receive for nursing excellence. NKCH is one of only three Magnet hospitals in Kansas City, and one of seven in Missouri.

Offered in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Joint Replacement Registry, certified Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee programs must demonstrate a comprehensive program. From the first pre-surgery consultation and pre-surgery preparations to surgery, hospitalization, and post-acute recovery, surveyors evaluated the entire continuum of care. After demonstrating the ability to effectively collaborate with all care providers, this certification means that NKCH has met and seeks to maintain The Joint Commission’s high standards in providing orthopedic care.

The Total Weight Loss Center received national accreditation as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The nationally accredited program meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the Northland.

North Kansas City Hospital's cancer program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. At a CoC accredited facility, patients receive access to quality care, comprehensive state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment options, access to cancer clinical trials, education and support, lifelong patient follow-up, and ongoing monitoring and improvement of care. To receive and maintain CoC accreditation, facilities undergo a rigorous evaluation and performance review process that includes an on-site review every three years.

Offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association, Comprehensive Cardiac Center certification demonstrates NKCH’s ability to deliver high-quality care at every patient touchpoint. Certification also means that NKCH provides the next generation of cardiac care.

Offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Primary Stroke Center certification reflects NKCH’s long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Certification also means that NKCH’s stroke program has met and seeks to maintain The Joint Commission’s high standards in providing stroke care.

North Kansas City Hospital's Wound Healing Center is the only facility in the Northland and one of only six centers in Missouri with accreditation by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, the recognized authority in the field of hyperbaric medicine.

U.S. News & World Report

In U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2023-2024 rankings and ratings, North Kansas City Hospital tied for third Best Hospital in the Kansas City metro area. This honor recognizes the hospital’s performance in complex care in medical specialties and in common procedures and conditions. NKCH also ranked High Performing in 10 procedures and conditions and received a Best Regional Hospital designation.

Chest Pain - MI Registry

North Kansas City Hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry® Chest Pain - MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award. To earn this award, NKCH demonstrated commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. NKCH also sustained achievement in the Chest Pain - MI Registry for eight consecutive quarters and performed at the top level of standards for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

Home Health

Our Home Health Department has been recognized as a top-performing home health agency in the U.S. for several consecutive years. NKCH is the only home health agency in the Kansas City metro with this honor, including the first agency in the Midwest to receive Home Health Heart Failure certification from the American Heart Association. 

Employee Wellness

NKCH also earned Healthy KC PLATINUM Certification. This award, which is the highest achievable, recognizes NKCH’s efforts to support and champion wellness for its employees. In partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Healthy KC initiative evaluates five areas of health and wellness: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Tobacco Cessation, Work-Life Integration and Design-Built Environment.


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