The Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Center is Unveiled

Truman Medical Centers Recognized by Hospitals & Health Networks as Healthcare’s Most Wired – Advanced Organization

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has been named for the fourth consecutive year as one of Health Care’s “Most Wired” organizations of 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association, recognizing TMC for its adoption of technologies to improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medication errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage. Also, for the first time TMC has achieved “Advanced Organization” status, the top two percent of all healthcare organizations surveyed in 2014. 
 
“Technology is involved in every initiative we have,” says Mitzi Cardenas, senior vice president, strategy, business development and technology. “Our goal is to give clinicians and business leaders the ability to view information in a way that is significant to them and to deliver it at the point of care or the point of business operations.”
 
Each year, the magazine conducts an in-depth survey that looks at overall technology infrastructure at health systems throughout the country, including items such as security tools, to be sure that the day-to-day basic needs of their facilities are being met. The 2014 Most Wired Survey found that as the nation’s healthcare system transitions to more integrated and patient-centered care, hospitals are utilizing information technology to better connect disparate care providers. More than 67 percent of survey participants share critical patient information electronically with specialists and other care providers. Among Most Wired hospitals, 81 percent of all medications are matched to the patient, nurse and order via bar code technology at the bedside. 
 
At TMC, the patient’s experience is of the utmost importance and the use of a personal health record is becoming increasingly important in building and maintaining relationships with patients and community based physicians. Digitized health systems have also helped to improve the safety and quality of the care provided at TMC. As part of a Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant, TMC has been targeting interventions for patients with chronic conditions. The focus is on high-cost zip codes, mainly in the city’s urban core. There are high-tech and high-touch aspects. Data in the EHR helps identify patient populations, individual histories and care needs. An alert system lets practitioners know when a patient shows up at a facility. 
 
“Hospital leaders need to quit thinking like a hospital,” said TMC Lakewood Chief Operating Officer and the next TMC President and CEO Charlie Shields. “Patients have more choices and hospital leaders need to adapt and show the value of the services they provide by working to identify patient populations early in their disease state and develop interventions. That is where value is going to come for the patient – devoting the right resources to the right groups.”
 
Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, asked hospitals and health systems nationwide to answer questions regarding their IT initiatives. Respondents completed 680 surveys, representing 1,900 hospitals, or more than 30 percent of all U.S. hospitals.  The July H&HN cover story detailing results is available at www.hhnmag.com
.
 

Walgreens at TMC Hospital Hill Expands

The Walgreens at TMC Hospital Hill, one of the first in-hospital Walgreens in America when it opened in 2007, has expanded significantly. The improvements include ·         A much larger waiting room for...

Read more

TMC and Morrison's Open CrEATe

TMC Hospital Hill is the home of a new Morrison pilot concept called CrEATe. In CrEATe, you¹ll find flavorful foods, a fresh produce market and a cooking space to feature...

Read more

Steve DeGarmo Named Vice President, Faci…

TMC President and Chief Executive Officer Charlie Shields announced Steve DeGarmo has been named Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate.     “During his more than seven years at TMC, Steve...

Read more

TMC Sr. Vice President of Strategy, Busi…

Heroes in Healthcare Mitzi Cardenas Truman Medical Centers Few people in have a line-item like this one on Mitzi Cardenas’ resume: “Dancer, Chicago Lyric Opera.” If you know what it takes to achieve success as...

Read more

Truman Medical Centers Sponsors Fourth-A…

Truman Medical Centers (TMC), in conjunction with the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, WIC, Amerigroup, KanCare, Metcalf Bank, Quintiles and Get Your Rear in Gear will hold the fourth-annual Touchdown Family...

Read more

Ingram's Magazine Announces Top Kansas C…

Ingram’s Announces Its 2016 Class of Kansas City’s Top Doctors Thomas McCormack, Truman Medical Centers Sometimes, validation that your work makes a real difference is as close as your mailbox. For Thomas...

Read more

TMC Lakewood Introduces Eastland Breast …

Truman Medical Center Lakewood Introduces Eastland Breast Center Truman Medical Center (TMC) Lakewood introduces the Eastland Breast Center, offering state-of-the-art technology and medical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of women...

Read more

Truman Medical Centers Recognized by Hos…

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has been named for the fourth consecutive year as one of Health Care’s “Most Wired” organizations of 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal...

Read more

Family Medicine Physician Kelly Swade, D…

TMC Lakewood welcomes Board Certified Family Medicine physician Kelly Swade, DO, to the Lakewood Medical Pavilion staff. The Lakewood Medical Pavilion is a designated National Committee for Quality AssuranceLevel 3...

Read more

TMC is the Only Recognized Lymphedema Tr…

TMC Hospital Hill is the only National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Affiliated Clinic in the Kansas City region. A NLN Affiliated clinic designation means TMC has certified lymphedema therapists that treat patients...

Read more

TMC Earns CHIME/AHA Transformational Lea…

October 31, 2014 – Quality initiatives, empowered by information technology, have enabled Truman Medical Centers (TMC) in Kansas City, Mo., to improve care,  increase patient safety and reduce unnecessary expenses...

Read more

UMKC, TMC to Leverage Cerner Health Fact…

The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Center for Health Insights and clinical partner Truman Medical Centers are announcing a collaboration to conduct data-driven research using Cerner Health Facts® de-identified real-world data...

Read more

TMC Announces Closure of Behavioral Heal…

Truman Medical Centers (TMC) announces, effective immediately, the Behavioral Health Emergency Department (BHED) located at 1000 E 24th Street, Kansas City, Missouri will no longer accept new patients, and current...

Read more

Tenth Annual TMC Charitable Foundation F…

Starring actor, dancer, syndicated talk-show host Mario Lopez Fashionistas and philanthropists will unite for the tenth annual Fashion For A Cause to benefit Truman Medical Centers (TMC) on Friday, April 17...

Read more