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

World Series may have spillover effect on tourism in Kansas City, Kan.

by Mary Rupert
Kansas City, Kan., can expect some good business effects from the Kansas City Royals being in the World Series starting Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.

Although all of the official events are taking place in Kansas City, Mo., Bridgette Jobe, executive director of the Kansas City, Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she anticipated some increased hotel room nights in Kansas City, Kan.

She added the Kansas City, Mo., Convention and Visitors Association has taken the lead on all tourism efforts involving the World Series.

There are expected to be a large number of out-of-town visitors to the metropolitan area for the World Series, including a large media contingent.

Some visitors who were already planning to be in the metropolitan area for reasons other than the Royals probably will be compressed out of their normal stay on the Missouri side because of the game, Jobe said, and Kansas City, Kan., may pick up some room stays in the process.

Currently, she said she is working with the Missouri side convention officials to get banners out, and get a list compiled and sent to the Kansas City, Mo., convention association so that anyone looking for activities may find them.

While all official events are happening in Missouri, Jobe anticipates plenty of other types of events may be held on the Kansas side by restaurants or other businesses that are not official Major League Baseball events.

She noted that even if visitors are not staying in Kansas, they may be driving through the area and shopping here while they are in town.

The Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Kansas City, Kan., is planning to put a “Take the Crown” slogan on its marquee and electronic signage, she said. Also, she’s encouraging others with the capability of changing electronic signs to post the same message next week.

Jobe noted that another big plus for tourism in the area is that Sporting Kansas City, which plays its soccer games in Kansas City, Kan., has recently secured a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs. The playoff spot was clinched at last Friday’s 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire at Sporting Park.

“It’s a good time to be in KC,” she said.

UG Commission makes short work of meeting

The Unified Government Commission made short work of the meeting tonight at 7:15 p.m. at City Hall.

The commission passed everything recommended on the agenda, without discussion, and the meeting ended in about eight minutes.

At the start of the meeting, Mayor Mark Holland said, “I want to thank you for coming out on the first week of the championship pennant of the Kansas City Royals.” While there was no Royals game tonight, as they had won the American League pennant Wednesday in only four games, the National League championship game was being played between St. Louis and San Francisco at the same time as the meeting.

Among the items passed:
– The south patrol police station was approved to be placed on the 2015 construction maintenance and improvement project schedule. Space for the police tactical unit was not included in the project at this time.

– An ordinance was approved to issue up to $13 million of sales tax speedway obligation revenue refunding bonds, in the Kansas International Speedway Corp. Project. This is refunding the 1999 Kansas Speedway current interest STAR bonds. Preliminary value savings associated with the refinancing are at $2.1 million, according to UG agenda documents.

– A resolution was passed to amend the UG housing tax credit procedures and local review criteria of housing tax credit proposals.

– An ordinance was passed to authorize legal proceedings to acquire land for the Metropolitan Avenue and 24th Street project.

– Plats have been submitted for The Legends at Village West Fifth Plat at Village West Parkway and Parallel Parkway; and the Villas of Stonebridge replat at 74th and Tauromee.

– Approval was given for Mayor Mark Holland, Commissioner Tarence Maddox and Assistant Administrator Joe Connor to attend the National League of Cities annual business meeting in Austin, Texas, as voting delegates.

– Land Bank agenda applications were approved for yard extension at 929 Central Ave.; 1213 Gilmore Ave.; 1225 Gilmore Ave.; 1052 Dodson Ave.; 2200 McDowell Lane; 2404 Ball Lane; and 306 S. Valley St.

The UG went into a closed, executive session to discuss personnel after the meeting. It also held a closed, executive session to discuss litigation before the 7:15 p.m. meeting.

To see other items on the agenda that were passed, see the agenda at www.wycokck.org.