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Kansas City's Essential Hospital is now University Health

Corporate news | Friday, October 1, 2021

A new name, a new chapter, same commitment to quality patient care

The roots of this trusted healthcare system in Jackson County reach back 150 years. In recent decades, the Kansas City community has come to rely on Truman Medical Centers/University Health as the area's only essential, safety net hospital, known for providing high quality, equitable care to everyone.

Now, this medical center is ready to turn the page on an exciting new chapter in patient care. Beginning today, Truman Medical Center will be known as University Health (UH).The reason for the change is simple: The name University Health reflects our commitment to delivering high quality, research-based, academic medical care for all.

University Health also highlights our partnership as the primary teaching hospital of the UMKC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Dentistry. Academic medical centers draw experts interested in treating the most complex cases and scientists dedicated to research that saves lives.

Today marks the culmination of years of planning, preparation, and hard work. University Health already appears on many buildings and facilities throughout the hospital. Today's change will bring all facilities, including outpatient clinics, under the same University Health umbrella. We will continue to honor our legacy names at our two main campuses. Our main downtown campus will be University Health Truman Medical Center, while our eastern Jackson County campus will be University Health Lakewood Medical Center.

As we begin this new chapter, one thing will remain the same; the commitment by our caring doctors, nurses, and staff remains the same to provide the highest levels of care to everyone. That includes those with private insurance or no insurance at all.

Please take a moment to watch this video featuring Charlie Shields, President and CEO of University Health, as well as other doctors and staff members, explaining the importance of this transition into a new era of providing academic medicine for all.