Research Medical Center
June 06, 2016

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—announces that the Uniform Data System has named its rehabilitation program as a “2015 Top Performer” for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR). The prestigious honor recognizes Research Medical Center as being in the top 10 percent for patient outcomes when compared to nearly 800 other inpatient rehabilitation facilities across the country. 

"We are proud to be in the top 10 percent of facilities that have submitted data to UDS for the third consecutive year," says Jeremy Lippold, Assistant Director of Research Medical Center Rehabilitation Services.  “Our patients are more likely to return home instead of going to long-term care or back to an acute-care setting.  We’re pleased to help more patients go home functioning at a much higher level, becoming more likely to be safe and independent.”

“Research Medical Center has a longstanding reputation for serving the community and patients and their families with a strong rehabilitation program anchored by strong leadership,” says Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.  “This Top Performer recognition is a testament to clinical rehabilitation excellence and patient outcomes as a direct result of that hard work.”

The UDSMR documents the severity of patient disability and the results of acute inpatient rehabilitation in a uniform way. Establishing a common language promotes communication about disability across disciplines and provides a basis for comparison of rehabilitation outcomes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The inpatient acute rehabilitation unit at RMC is a setting in which patients receive a multidisciplinary team approach with emphasis on recovery and reentry to the community after a major injury, disorder or illness. The team is comprised of a physiatrist (physician specializing in physical rehabilitation and medicine), rehabilitation nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and case management services. In conjunction, these medical professionals deliver medical oversight, a minimum of three hours of therapy five days a week and nursing care.  Patient diagnoses that qualify for these specialized services include stroke (CVA), neurological conditions (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Guillain-Barre), amputation, major multiple trauma, hip fracture, brain injury and medical complexities with physical or cognitive disabilities that meet certain criteria.

For further information regarding these services or to place a referral, please contact Mari Ann Winslow, RN, CRS or Lauren Smith, OTR/L, CRS at (816) 223-7893. For more information about Research Medical Center, visit