About the Hosts

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Missouri

Founded in 1882, Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of the region’s largest tertiary care hospitals. The hospital features 65 medical specialties, including the world-renowned Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, and Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute. With some of the nation’s leading specialists, the hospital offers patients access to the latest lifesaving treatments.

Other specialties provided include outpatient rehabilitation services, transplantation (heart, liver, kidney), high-risk maternity care with a Level IIIb NICU, Level I Trauma Center, kidney dialysis, and Saint Luke’s Koontz Center for Advanced Breast Cancer, which is unique to the region.

Nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Luke’s Hospital is one of Kansas City’s leading research and academic medical institutions, serving as a primary teaching hospital for the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Sciences at Rockhurst University.

Saint Luke’s Hospital is part of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 16 area hospitals and campuses and many primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has an 1,800-member medical staff with many who are recognized as”Best Doctors in America.”They are supported by residents, interns, and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians, and other health care professionals.

Recognizing its excellent nursing care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital was the first adult hospital in Missouri to be certified as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Award is the highest honor awarded for hospital nursing by the ANCC.

CoxHealth in Springfield, Missouri

CoxHealth is the area leader in health care and community involvement, with six hospitals, more than 80 clinics, five ERs and nearly 12,000 employees throughout southwest Missouri. CoxHealth offers a wide range of treatments and services to help with whatever health needs patients might have.

Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center in Columbia, Missouri

Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center offers the most advanced trauma care in central Missouri. It’s the only American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center in mid-Missouri and one of only six in the state.

Our trauma team—including surgeons, neurologists, orthopedic specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other specialists—is always on hand to provide compassionate care. Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center has its own ambulance service, which has advanced life-support capabilities, and we work with local and state organizations to provide helicopter transport. The helicopters have the latest equipment for first responders to begin lifesaving treatment as quickly as possible.

Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University surgeons in the Section of Acute and Critical Care Surgery provide care to critically ill and injured patients as part of a nationally recognized trauma center. They also perform research to advance the care of these patients and offer fellowship training in surgical critical care.

Surgeons in this section provide care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which serves as a regional referral center for critically ill patients and has been designated a Level I Trauma Center by the State of Missouri. The hospital also has earned Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons—the highest national recognition a trauma center can receive.