Research Medical Center
July 19, 2017

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider­—was recently recognized by The Leapfrog Group with an ‘A’ rating for its adult Level I Trauma Center in a story that appeared in USA Today. The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system. Last spring Research Medical Center received, for the fourth consecutive year, an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group for quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system.

The story compares the low-rated Level I Trauma Center in the Washington D.C. hospital where Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise has been recovering since sustaining gunshot wounds earlier this summer to other trauma units across the country and examines the importance of being in a center that is highly rated.

The story, which appeared in the July 16 edition of USA Today, cited a 2006 study by the New England Journal of Medicine that concluded patients who are taken to a Level 1 Trauma Center have about a 25 percent better chance of survival over other hospitals.

Level I Trauma Centers, like the one at Research Medical Center, take care of the most seriously injured patients.

Although The Leapfrog Group doesn’t separate out trauma centers in its ratings, it did an analysis of Level I Trauma Center grades for USA Today, the newspaper reported. Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder was quoted several times throughout the piece, including, “It stands to reason that of all the patients in the hospital, trauma patients would be the most vulnerable to shortfalls in hospital safety and thus trauma centers should be located in the safest possible hospitals.” 

Mark J. Lieser, M.D., the newly appointed Trauma Medical Director of Research Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center, relocated to Kansas City from Texas. He cites a primary reason in his decision to accept the position was the hospital’s “award-winning trauma program that exhibits consistent dedication to standards of quality and patient safety. Trauma requires commitment and constant, diligent teamwork from all departments within a hospital and Research Medical Center is well-regarded, providing excellent care to trauma patients and their families during the most vulnerable time in their lives.”

“Our physicians and employees strive to provide the best care and service for every patient and their family,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “This recognition as one of the top-rated adult Level I Trauma Centers in the country is important—it means an independent organization recognizes our high-quality care, too.  Patients and their families choose us because our doctors, like Dr. Lieser, and nurses are at the top of their professions. To have received straight ‘A’s’ from The Leapfrog Group since 2014, and to be recognized with an ‘A’ for our Level I Trauma Center, means that performance has been sustained over time, aligning with our mission to the care and improvement of human life above all.”

Read USA Today Story

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