MERRIAM, Kan. – Solidifying its position as the most preferred hospital in Johnson County and a leading hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) increased inpatient volumes by six percent in 2008 when compared to 2007 – totaling 18,059 admissions. In addition, outpatient admissions increased by five percent from the previous year to 223,282.
“This upward trend in patient visits illustrates our community’s trust in the high-quality and compassionate health care services our medical professionals provide on a daily basis,” said Samuel H. Turner, Sr., SMMC President and CEO.
The release of SMMC’s 2008 numbers comes as the hospital prepares to open its Critical Care Expansion later this month, which will add a new Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Comprehensive Cardiac Care Unit and surgical suites.
“The Critical Care Services Expansion was constructed to meet community demand and provide additional services to our patients,” Turner said. “We’ve created a new Emergency Department that is triple the size of our current department, added 10 new intensive care beds and created a new acuity-adaptable unit to care for 32 cardiac patients at one time. Our 2008 volumes show this addition was necessary to ensure our community continues to receive the high-quality care they seek from Shawnee Mission Medical Center.”
In addition to caring for more patients on the main hospital campus during 2008, SMMC opened the Shawnee Mission Outpatient Pavilion in western Lenexa in October to better serve residents of western Johnson County and eastern Douglas County, and has also purchased 42 acres of land in southern Johnson County for a future health care facility.
“As our community grows, our goal is to continue providing services to meet the expanded health care needs of our patients, in convenient locations close to their homes,” Turner said.
About Shawnee Mission Medical Center:
Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) is a 383-bed facility with the busiest Emergency Department in Johnson County, the area's first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center, a nationally recognized Center for Women's Health and delivers more babies each year than any other hospital in the metropolitan area. SMMC employs more than 2,700 local residents and supports an exceptional staff of 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties, the largest medical staff in Kansas City.