TMC Overview

  • Overview

    About TMCTruman Medical Centers (TMC) has all the things you expect from a great health system. With two acute care academic hospital locations, the largest, most comprehensive behavioral health program in the area, a long-term care facility and multiple primary care practices, TMC provides care from birth through your senior years. We are the primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, so our doctors are academic specialists who teach tomorrow’s doctors the very latest updates in their respective specialties.

    TMC Hospital Hill, in downtown Kansas City, is the busiest Level One Trauma Center in the city. From the healing environment of 400 works of museum quality art to our seasonal produce market, you can count on something special at TMC. We provide the full range of services with specialties in chronic disease management, high risk pregnancy and sleep disorders along with the state-of-the art Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Center.

    University Health, located at 2101 Charlotte Street is TMC’s beautiful new outpatient care and day-surgery center, with fifteen clinics including Sabates Eye Center, Plastic Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medical Imaging with Siemens 3D Mammography.

    In eastern Jackson County, TMC Lakewood sits on 300 acres of beautiful wooded grounds. With a nature walking trail and scenic views, our facility is the epitome of comfort and care. We have all the services you would expect from a community hospital — from emergency medicine to a nationally-certified orthopaedic joint replacement program — as well as The Lakewood Family Birthplace, a labor and delivery unit that provides comfort and care for the whole family. We have several community-based family medical care centers and a radiology center, Medical Imaging Eastland, that provides the latest in technology and specialized breast cancer care.

    Mission
    Truman Medical Centers is an academic health center providing accessible, state-of-the-art quality healthcare to our community regardless of the ability to pay.

    Vision
    Leading the way to a healthy community.
  • History

    About TMCTruman Medical Center (TMC) Hospital Hill was dedicated four decades ago, but its roots go back more than a century.

    Its forerunner was General Hospital, Kansas City's first hospital, built in 1870 then rebuilt in the 1920s into two racially segregated facilities. The hospitals joined together in 1957, forming a facility that later became the teaching hospital for the new University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School, and a major component in Hospital Hill, a master plan designed by community leaders for the consolidation and improvement of hospitals in the Kansas City area. The new medical school and connected hospital were dedicated in 1976.

    The roots of TMC Lakewood go back even further than those of TMC Hospital Hill — to the mid 1800's, when Jackson County purchased a large farm for the purpose of caring for those who could no longer care for themselves. But it was Harry S. Truman who set the ball rolling on a path that would eventually lead to today's two-hospital system.

    In 1928, Truman, then the presiding judge of the Jackson County Court, campaigned for and saw passage of a bond issue that led to construction of the Rural Jackson County Emergency Hospital on the grounds of the farm. In the 1970s, TMC and UMKC School of Medicine were established on Hospital Hill and joined with the old county hospital, which became Truman Medical Center East. In early 2000, the names were officially changed to Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill and Truman Medical Center Lakewood.

    From Separate To Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers
    At the turn of the twentieth century, African-American doctors, nurses and patients were excluded from most Kansas City area hospitals. The realities of segregation created the need for Black health care institutions. The film From Separate to Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers tells the dramatic story of some of greater Kansas City’s African-American health care pioneers and their efforts which led to the creation of Black hospitals such as Douglass Hospital and General Hospital Number 2 and finally to the complete integration of the health care system, informing and giving rise to Truman Medical Centers.

  • Quality Measures

    About TMCQuality and patient safety are top priorities at TMC. TMC strives to achieve and sustain optimal clinical outcomes for all of its patients through continuous improvement while providing care in the safest environment possible. Objectives include:
    1. Improve the quality and safety of patient care;
    2. Improve the patient and family experience;
    3. Improve the quality and safety of the work environment; and
    4. Achieve improved outcomes that exceed regulatory standards.

    Continuous improvement involves identifying and measuring variances in current practice and services that may lead to less than optimal performance; implementing opportunities to improve existing performance; and monitoring to ensure that improvements are sustained.

    Guiding principles include:
    1. Patient outcomes and service come first.
    2. Objectives focus and align with TMC’s mission, vision, and strategy.
    3. Continuous improvement is data-driven, process-focused, and outcomes-based.
    4. Creativity, innovation and risk-taking are fostered in an environment that values and encourages workforce participation.
    5. Teamwork and collaboration are practiced, recognizing the unique and valuable contribution each member makes to the team.

    Quality Measures PDF