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Best Hospitals in Kansas: Most Affordable Hospitals

April 29, 2014
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As Kansas considers a bill to set up a health care compact with other states, those on Medicare and Medicaid are left to wonder how much they’ll be covered should the bill pass. These residents, as well as other Kansans, will need to know where to find affordable health care.

NerdWallet Health built a Best Hospitals tool to help patients investigate the cost of hospital care in their local areas. Using this data, we analyzed the 100 most common treatments at 54 hospitals in Kansas to find the most affordable hospitals. We asked the following questions:

1) Which Kansas hospitals offer the highest number of affordable treatments, and where are they located?

2) What are these treatments?

3) How satisfied are patients of these hospitals?

The Most Affordable Hospitals in Kansas

1. Galichia Heart Hospital—Wichita, Kan.

As part of the Wesley Medical Center, the 82-bed Galichia Heart Hospital specializes in heart care, surgical care and emergency services. It includes a Level 3 trauma center, an intensive care unit with private rooms, three catheterization labs, an accredited chest pain center and advanced imaging capabilities. It also provides affordable treatments for heart rhythm disorder and severe anemia.

2. St. Francis Health Center—Topeka, Kan.

Since 1909, St. Francis Health Center has provided a range of services to the Topeka area, including a fully integrated heart and vascular center, nine primary care clinics, emergency services and surgical services. Additionally, programs focused on preventive care include centers for mammography screening and sleep disorders. Patients can also find affordable care for respiratory failure and hip replacement at St. Francis. With a patient satisfaction rating of 74%, it is also ranked in the top 10% in the nation for critical care by Healthgrades and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

3. Lawrence Memorial Hospital—Lawrence, Kan.

Recognized as one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is also accredited by the Joint Commission and has a patient satisfaction rating of 75%. The 173-bed, community-owned, nonprofit hospital completed an expansion in 2009 that added new emergency and surgery facilities, a new 18-bed wing and additional space for maternity, intensive care and critical care. Affordable care for asthma and internal bleeding are also available here.

4. Kansas Heart Hospital—Wichita, Kan.

Boasting an 89% patient satisfaction rating, Kansas Heart Hospital provides cardiovascular, surgical and vascular services to patients in Kansas and northern Oklahoma. It features three fully equipped heart catheterization labs, an interventional suite and three operating rooms. The 54-bed acute care hospital was opened in 1999 and offers affordable care for angioplasty and vascular operation.

5. Coffey County Hospital—Burlington, Kan.

Founded in 1954 as a church-sponsored hospital, Coffey County Hospital was purchased by the county in 1967. In addition to affordable treatments for pneumonia and bladder infection, it offers a range of services, including emergency services, obstetrics and nursery, occupational therapy, orthopedics and physical therapy. It’s part of Coffey Health System, the county’s second-largest employer with about 300 employees, and has an 83% patient satisfaction rating.

6. Coffeyville Regional Medical Center—Coffeyville, Kan.

The rural Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is a nonprofit, city-owned hospital with 105 beds and serving six counties in Kansas and two in Oklahoma. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission, its cancer program is certified by the American College of Surgeons and its mammographic imaging unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology. In 2011, it updated its radiation oncology center, adding all-new equipment. Affordable care for stroke and tuberculosis can be found here, and it has a patient satisfaction rating of 64%.

7. Olathe Medical Center—Olathe, Kan.

Opened in 1953 with 30 beds, Olathe Medical Center is now a 300-bed regional hub. The four-story acute care medical center sits on one of the largest hospital campuses in the Midwest, and its emergency care center is one of the busiest in the region, treating more than 42,000 patients per year. It has a 77% patient satisfaction rating and provides affordable care for dizziness and laparoscopic gallbladder removal. OMC’s campus also houses centers of excellence for chest pain, cardiovascular care and oncology.

8. Labette Health—Parsons, Kan.

Labette Health is a 99-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital serving six counties and offering services in 15 specialties, including cardiology, family practice, neurology and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. It offers affordable treatments for kidney damage and surgery to the hip or thigh bone, and holds regular consultation clinics by various specialists. Labette Health has a 71% patient satisfaction rating.

9. Morton County Hospital—Elkhart, Kan.

With affordable treatments for emphysema and congestive heart failure, Morton County Hospital also has doctors specializing in general and internal medicine, surgery, radiology and psychiatry. It opened in 1913 with one doctor and a handful of beds. It now has 40 acute care, two labor, four ICU, two same-day surgery and 10 geropsychiatric beds. It also has a patient satisfaction rating of 59%.

10. Shawnee Mission Medical Center—Shawnee Mission, Kan.

The nonprofit Shawnee Mission Medical Center has an 84% patient satisfaction rating, and in 2013 was cited by Becker’s Hospital Review among its 100 hospitals with a great heart program and by the Joint Commission as a top performer on key quality measures for exemplary performance in the use of evidence-based clinical procedures. It opened a new birth center in 2013, featuring a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit where mothers can stay in the room with their babies. Patients here can find affordable care for asthma and high blood pressure.

Rank Hospital Name Location Most Affordable for Common Diagnoses/Treatments Such As: Patient satisfaction
1 Galichia Heart Hospital Wichita Heart rhythm disorder, severe anemia N/A
2 St. Francis Health Center Topeka Respiratory failure, hip replacement 74%
3 Lawrence Memorial Hospital Lawrence Asthma, internal bleeding 75%
4 Kansas Heart Hospital Wichita Angioplasty, vascular operation 89%
5 Coffey County Hospital Burlington Pneumonia, bladder infection 83%
6 Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Coffeyville Stroke, tuberculosis 64%
7 Olathe Medical Center Olathe Dizziness, laparoscopic gallbladder removal 77%
8 Labette Health Parsons Surgery to the hip or thigh bone, kidney damage 71%
9 Morton County Hospital Elkhart Emphysema, congestive heart failure 59%
10 Shawnee Mission Medical Center Shawnee Mission Asthma, high blood pressure 84%


Affordability: Using CMS Medicare Provider Charge Data, we calculated which of 54 hospitals in Kansas has the lowest price for each of the 100 most common medical procedures, and then summed the number of times that each hospital had the lowest price. The data are for services billed for Medicare patients.

Procedures/diagnoses: For the procedures that each hospital was least expensive, we presented the most commonly known.

Patient satisfaction: Patient satisfaction rates were obtained from HCAHPS, a nationally administered survey on patient satisfaction. “Satisfied” was taken to be patients who reported, “I would definitely recommend this hospital” on this survey.

Hospital characteristics: Individual hospital websites and U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals.

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