Patient Stories

Research Medical Center’s personal care and dedication to our patients makes us well known in the Kansas City community. We know this because our patients tell us. Find out why they chose Research Medical Center, how much they value their experiences with us and why they won’t go anywhere else for heart care.


Don SpearsCaptain Don Spears, a Belton police officer, and his wife scheduled an unusual activity on a mutual day off last December.

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John KistlerJohn Kistler suffered a stroke in August 2013 following a surgery where he received five heart bypasses. The stroke caused physical injuries, including blurred vision. “Thirty-one days later I was discharged from Research Medical Center, able to walk and eat and armed with several assignments from my doctors.”

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Dale Flanagans“I’ve got a lot of living to do.” - That’s a direct quote from 71-year-old Dale Flanagan, a Kansas City resident who has a renewed outlook on life following a health scare on April 6, 2010. Flanagan loved to eat greasy fried foods such as chicken, French fries and cheeseburgers. The salt shaker was a regular dining companion, and Flanagan slathered butter on rolls, baked potatoes and toast. He didn’t stop to think of the consequences his diet choices might have on his health.

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John KistlerJohn Kistler suffered a stroke in August 2013 following a surgery where he received five heart bypasses. The stroke caused physical injuries, including blurred vision. “Thirty-one days later I was discharged from Research Medical Center, able to walk and eat and armed with several assignments from my doctors.”

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Len LutzLen Lutz
“I was given excellent care from the time I entered the hospital until my discharge the next Thursday,” says Len, who suffered a stroke.  “All of the doctors, nurses and Research Medical Center employees treated me and my wife with the utmost respect.”

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Stephan ButlerWhen 56-year-old Stephan Butler experienced a series of mini-strokes in May 2010, he sought help from a doctor he had formerly coached on the football field. Having coached this doctor as a high school student in the 1990s, Butler knew losing wasn’t part of the young man’s game plan.

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