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Advocates Help to Resolve Issues

The best time to address any concern is when it happens. If you have questions about your care, your service or even your food, ask questions immediately. We encourage our staff to listen carefully to our patients and to adopt a customer service attitude that emphasizes attentive, timely response to any inquiry. By working directly with the person who provides your care, you may be able to resolve the situation immediately and help avoid any recurrences. We want to know if we aren’t meeting your needs, so we have the opportunity to correct the situation while you’re here.

Because we realize some problems are just more stubborn than others, we also provide a special staff member – called a Patient Advocate – who will help you address any unresolved issues about your stay with us. The Patient Advocate is specially trained to serve as a liaison between you, your family and Shawnee Mission Health (SMH). She has the ability to work with every department and every staff member to assure your situation is addressed and resolved.

To reach the Patient Advocate from inside SMH, call ext. 72155. From outside SMH, call 913-676-2155. The Patient Advocate is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For assistance outside of normal business hours, please call the hospital operator. Inside SMH, dial “0”, or from an outside phone call 913-676-2000, and ask for the House Nursing Supervisor. The Patient Advocate will investigate your concerns and she will keep in touch with you until your situation has been resolved.

We consider any concern not resolved promptly to be a grievance. Exercising your right to the grievance process will not compromise patient care. Confidentiality will be respected at all times. A resolution of your grievance will occur as soon as possible, and you will receive a written response from us within 30 days. For employed physician groups, grievances will be shared with the medical director/governance committee of the physician group as appropriate.

You have the right to lodge a grievance with any state agency directly, regardless of whether you have first used the hospital’s grievance process.

State Advocacy Agencies

Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
800 SW Jackson, Lower Level, Suite A
Topeka, KS 66612
785-296-7413 or 888-886-7205

Kansas Department of Health and Environment,
Community Health Systems, Health Facilities Program
1000 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS 66612

Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
Quality Improvement Organization for the State of Kansas
2947 SW Wanamaker Drive
Topeka, KS 66614

Kansas Medicaid Customer Service Center
Kansas Medical Assistance Program, Office of the Fiscal Agent
P.O. Box 3571
Topeka, KS 66601

Missouri Medicaid Recipient Services Unit
Division of Medical Services Recipient Services Unit
P.O. Box 6500
Jefferson City, MO 65102


Medicare beneficiaries have the right to request a referral to Peer Review Organizations for concerns regarding quality of care or premature discharge. For more information, contact the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care at the address or phone number above.

Joint Commission

If you have concerns about patient care and safety at Shawnee Mission Health, that the hospital has not addressed, you are encouraged to contact the hospital management. If concerns cannot be resolved through the hospital, you are encouraged to contact The Joint Commission at 800-994-6610.
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Shawnee Mission, Kansas 66204
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