As part of the state’s premier academic medical center, University of Missouri Health Care offers a full spectrum of care, ranging from primary care to highly specialized, multidisciplinary treatment for patients with the most severe illnesses and injuries. Patients from each of Missouri’s 114 counties are served by approximately 6,000 physicians, nurses and health care professionals at MU Health Care.
The comprehensive health care network began when University Hospital opened in Columbia in 1956. Today, MU Health Care consists of University Hospital and Clinics, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and the Missouri Psychiatric Center, all based in Columbia, as well as 51 clinics.
MU Health Care is a part of University of Missouri Health System, which also includes the MU School of Health Professions, the MU School of Medicine, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and University Physicians practice plan.
University Hospital and Clinics, a 361-bed acute care hospital, is home to the region’s only Level I trauma center, the Frank L. Mitchell Jr., MD, Trauma Center. Patients make nearly 40,000 visits to University Hospital’s Emergency Department each year. The Missouri Psychiatric Center, located inside University Hospital, offers short-term, intensive inpatient treatment services for adults, adolescents and children.
In March 2013, MU Health Care opened the doors to a $190 million addition to University Hospital. The eight-story patient care tower, located on the northeast side of University Hospital, includes a $50 million new facility for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Missouri’s official state cancer center. Also included in the 310,500 square-foot tower are 90 private patient rooms — all with “smart room” technology — six operating rooms and shelled space for six more to be built in the future, a 7,000 square-foot inpatient pharmacy, 25 pre-procedure rooms and 18 post-procedure rooms, and the Ellis Fischel Gala and the Brown Family Healing Garden, which is a central focus of the building.
MU Health Care’s 126-bed Women’s and Children’s Hospital provides the region’s most comprehensive health care services and technology to meet the special needs of women and children. More than 1,800 babies are delivered annually at the Family Birth Center. Children’s Hospital offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care in more than 30 pediatric specialties.
Inpatient and outpatient care at MU Health Care is provided by University Physicians. With more than 500 physicians trained in more than 75 specialties and subspecialties, University Physicians is the largest multi-specialty group practice in mid-Missouri. Outpatient care is provided at University Physicians clinics in Columbia, Fayette and Fulton. Visits to those clinics totaled 564,113 in fiscal year 2014. MU Health Care-affiliated organizations include Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City and Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia. Through the Missouri Telehealth Network, which serves more than 60 Missouri counties, patients are able to stay in their own communities while being seen by a physician at a major medical center.
As a safety-net provider, MU Health Care provides significant levels of care to low-income, uninsured and vulnerable populations. In fiscal year 2013, MU Health Care provided $31.6 million in charity and unreimbursed care.
MU Health Care consistently receives recognition as a leader in providing high-quality health care services. In 2014, MU Health Care was ranked among the top hospitals in the state by U.S. News and World Report, and eight adult specialties were recognized as “high performing.” In addition, MU Health Care was awarded HIMSS Analytics’ Stage 7 designation for advanced electronic medical records in outpatient clinics, a milestone in the transition from paper records to electronic records. And for the fourth consecutive year, MU Health Care was recognized in 2013 as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems for its leading-edge health care information technology.