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Report includes KU Hospital in rankings

August 11, 2007

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Kansas University Hospital is ranked nationally as having the 30th-best heart care and heart surgery program in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" issue.

Leaders with the hospital in Kansas City, Kan., announced the ranking July 12 and said it was the hospital's first time to make a U.S. News specialty ranking. They also touted that the hospital revitalized its heart care and heart surgery program only six years ago.

"We've proven in just a short amount of time we could build a program based on quality outcomes for patients, develop record-high patient satisfaction, conduct significant cardiac research and help teach the next generation of physicians," Bob Page, KU Hospital's president and CEO, said in a statement last month.

Page credited the work of physicians, nurses and other staff for helping achieve a 0.63 risk-adjusted mortality rate in the rankings for Medicare patients from 2003 to 2005. A rate lower than 1.00 means the mortality rate was lower than expected, and KU Hospital ranked fourth-lowest in that criteria of the top 50 hospitals on the list, said hospital spokesman Dennis McCulloch.

KU Hospital is involved in three-way negotiations with Kansas University Medical Center and St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., as KUMC and St. Luke's have discussed establishing an affiliation. KU Hospital has been KUMC's main teaching hospital and split with the school in 1998.

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