KU hospital cares for record numbers of patients

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KHI News Service
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The numbers of patients receiving care at University of Kansas Hospital have reached historic levels.

In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the hospital recorded:

• 30,705 inpatient admission, a 4.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year;

• 562,977 outpatient visits, a 6 percent increase over the previous fiscal year;

• 50,620 emergency room visits, a 5.9 percent increase over the previous fiscal year;

• 20,774 surgeries, a 10 percent over the previous year.

A portion of the increases were due to the six operating rooms added at the hospital’s main campus and seven at its Indian Creek Campus.

“In spite of adding new patient units and new outpatient facilities, we continued to operate at near capacity in Fiscal Year 2013,” Bob Page, the hospital’s chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement Monday.

“We are now operating with 699 staffed beds plus 24 bassinets, but we continue to have high patient census as the demand for our services continues to grow locally, regionally and nationally,” he said. “We are looking for ways to invest in more patient units, while experiencing significantly reduced reimbursement, especially from Medicare.”

The hospital’s case mix index, a measurement of illness severity, also reached a historic high. It rose 1.8 percent, keeping the hospital among the 25 percent of the nation’s teaching hospitals that care for the sickest patients.

Last fiscal year, the hospital cared for patients from all 105 counties in Kansas, 98 counties in Missouri, 49 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, officials said.

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