Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Record breaking patient volume continues at The University of Kansas Hospital

News Release

In a report made to The University of Kansas Hospital Authority Board this morning, The University of Kansas Hospital broke more patient volume records in Fiscal Year 2012, while continuing to treat the “sickest of the sick” at its facilities.

In Fiscal Year 2012, which ended June 30, patient volume (as measured by inpatient discharges) soared to new heights of 28,331, a 4.9 percent increase over FY11, and a 63% increase in the last decade. 

It also marked a 117% increase since the independent Hospital Authority was created in 1998.
Also for FY12, outpatient visits rose 45.4 percent to 530,918, reflecting the increased volume generated by the June 2011 merger with Kansas City Cancer Center.

Total surgeries in the fiscal year rose 6.4% to 18,867.  Emergency visits climbed 4.8% to 47,771.

“Our growth this year was limited only by our capacity,” said Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.  “This year, we added three new floors to the Center for Advanced Heart Care, plus six new operating rooms on the main campus and six more at our new Indian Creek campus in Johnson County.  Just as our merger with Kansas City Cancer Center made a big difference in our numbers this year, these additional facilities will significantly impact our operating numbers next year.”

Not only was the hospital’s patient volume high, but the severity of the illness of those hospitalized was the highest ever recorded in FY 2012.  The hospital is in the top 25% of teaching hospitals in caring for the sickest patients.

“Our growth stems from one thing: our focus on the patient,” said Tammy Peterman, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.  “Our physicians, nurses and other health care professionals know growth, awards and rankings all begin at the bedside.”

Peterman also noted that the hospital served patients from all 105 counties in Kansas in Fiscal Year 2012, and from 87 percent of Missouri’s 114 counties. 

The hospital also saw patients from 49 U.S. states, (with the lone exception being Vermont) as well as the District of Columbia.