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History of Truman Medical Centers
Click here to view the documentary From Separate To Equal: The Creation
of Truman Medical Center.
Truman Medical Center (TMC)
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. Since then, TMC Hospital Hill has become Kansas City's
only downtown hospital, providing an array of acute care and outpatient
services. In addition to Emergency Medicine and Trauma, TMC Hospital Hill is
also noted for Asthma, Bariatrics, Cardiology, Diabetes, GI Services,
Obstetrics, Ophthalmology, Weight Management and Women's Health.
The roots of
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. Over time, the property
expanded to more than 300 acres and became a modern, full-service community
In the 1970s, TMC and UMKC School of Medicine
were established on Hospital Hill and joined with the old county hospital at
Lakewood. In 2003, TMC Lakewood was completely redesigned and enlarged to
its current state-of-the-art condition.
Long-term care, primary care and
family medicine form the cornerstone of services at TMC Lakewood, located in
what is now the fastest growing area in metro Kansas City. With two family
medicine offices including one in a non-teaching environment more than
35,000 people receive their primary care at TMC Lakewood each year. Additional specialty services offered at TMC Lakewood include Diabetes,
Rehabilitation Services, Geriatrics, GI Services, Obstetrics, Orthopaedics,
Sports Medicine and Women's Health.