Merriam, Kan. – As baby boomers age there is an increasing number of men and women suffering from joint and spine pain. Already a leader in orthopedic and spine surgery, care and rehabilitation, Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is launching the Shawnee Mission Orthopedic & Spine Center.
The new Center will be led by a team of 20 physicians specializing in orthopedic and spine surgery. Experienced nurses, physical therapists, sports medicine experts and pain management specialists will also work with patients to prevent and treat injuries.
Merriam, Kan. – Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. SMMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.
SMMC is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S., and the only hospital in Johnson and Wyandotte counties, earning the distinction for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The hospital was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: Heart Attack, Heart Care, Pneumonia and Surgical Care. The ratings are based on accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year.
MERRIAM, Kan. – Whether it’s during a game of football or the result of a nasty fall, getting hit in the head shouldn’t be taken lightly. Any trauma to the head can lead to a concussion – a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when the head moves at a rapid speed and then suddenly stops, causing the brain to shift inside the skull.
“Many people think concussions are temporary injuries, but in some cases there is more permanent damage,” says Gregg Coup, MD, Family Medicine Physician with Shawnee Mission Primary Care. “Regardless, it’s important to receive prompt treatment for the best recovery.”
MERRIAM, Kan. – As part of its effort to become Kansas City's top hospital in quality, safety and patient experience, Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) has received an "A" grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency.
Each year, The Leapfrog Group assigns hospitals a Hospital Safety Score, available to consumers at hospitalsafetyscore.org. This score represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
MERRIAM, Kan. – Benny and Edith Lee have made a $1 million gift to The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center to name the Atrium of the new Shawnee Mission Birth Center. Currently under construction, the Birth Center will open in March 2013 and provide care for 5,000 newborns and their mothers each year.
“Shawnee Mission Medical Center is grateful to Benny and Edith Lee for their investment in the care of our community’s newest members,” said Ken Bacon, hospital President and CEO. “Their dedication to provide the highest quality services for our babies, as well as their mothers and families, will touch thousands of lives each year.”