KU Hospital wins Consumer Choice Award

In the only award where members of the community choose the individual hospital they feel provides the highest quality service, The University of Kansas Hospital has won the 2014-2015 National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award for Kansas City.

It is the third year in a row The University of Kansas Hospital has won the award for Kansas City outright. This is the 19th anniversary of the Consumer Choice Award and the award is based on local results from a national survey of 290,000 households. The award recognizes hospitals which possess:
• Best Overall Quality
• Best Overall Image/Reputation
• Best Doctors
• Best Nurses

The University of Kansas Hospital not only led other area hospitals when these four categories were combined, but also the hospital led all other area hospitals in all four individual categories as well.

The award comes as the hospital earlier this year was one of only 14 hospitals nationally to be named in all 12 data-based national “Best Hospital” lists from U.S. News & World Report.
Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Hospital, said consumers have also shown their support for the hospital by choosing it in record numbers for their healthcare needs.

Page also noted that being the choice of consumers means the growth of the hospital is often at full capacity and needs an additional hospital building. Plans for the 92-bed Cambridge North building at 39th and State Line Road have been announced. The hospital is working to raise $100 million dollars from the philanthropic community for the project.

– Story from KU Hospital

Several local authors to appear at library event Oct. 25

Kansas City, Kan., Public Library will hold a Homegrown Reads local author fair on Oct. 25.

This event, focusing on Kansas City area writers, will highlight both burgeoning, new talent and popular, established authors. Fans will be able to meet and talk with authors, listen to live readings, and purchase copies of books to have signed.

Homegrown Reads feature dozens of local authors, including Fanny Alaadeen, Ruth Saucedo Campos, Angela Cervantes, Lisa Cindrich, Jay Sparks, Sarah Elizabeth, Terry W. Drake, Pete Dulin, Helen Walsh Folsom, James Heiman, Evelyn Hill, Ann Ingalls, Von Kopfman, Debra McArthur, Kira McConico, Jan Menn, Steve Penn, Anola Pickett, Linda Rodriguez, Thomas Shawver, Regina Sirois, Barbara Stuber, Joe Vaughan, and Berneice Williams. Books will be available for sale from Mysteryscape.

Homegrown Reads will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the South Branch Library, 3104 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information call 913-722-7400 or visit www.kckpl.org.

Democrats to meet Oct. 18

The Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast will meet Saturday, Oct. 18, in the Eisenhower Room at the Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Ave.

The speakers will be State Reps. Kathy Wolfe Moore and Tom Burroughs.

The breakfast buffet is available at 8:15 a.m. and the forum begins at 9:15.

The cost for the breakfast buffet, which includes tax, service and tip, is $12; $8 for students and those on limited income. All Democrats are invited to attend.

Reservations are requested by Friday, Oct. 17. Reservations help plan for attendance, but are not necessary to attend.

For reservations, email scottmackey08@yahoo.com.