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University of Missouri Health System

The University of Missouri consolidated its health care units in September 2008 to better align their missions of providing patient and family-centered care, education and research to Missouri and beyond. The reorganization created the MU Health System, a comprehensive academic health center that includes MU Health Care, MU School of Medicine and its University Physicians practice plan, MU Sinclair School of Nursing and MU School of Health Professions.

An external advisory board was established to provide guidance to University of Missouri Health Care. The 11-member board is chaired by the University of Missouri System president and includes representation by the MU chancellor. Ex-officio members include the MU medical school dean, MU Health Care chief executive officer and chief operating officer, and University Hospital chief of staff.

Mission, Vision and Values


Exemplary patient and family-centered care, education and research to improve the health, well-being and productivity of the people of Missouri and beyond.


The University of Missouri Health System will be the model health sciences center for exemplary patient- and family-centered care, learning and discovery through an integrated interprofessional approach.


The University of Missouri Health System’s primary duty is to provide exemplary patient- and family-centered care, education and research to improve the health of the people of Missouri and beyond. The faculty, students and staff embrace the following values as fundamental to our identity. 

  1. Health of the people we serve is our first priority. Exemplary health care is the environment for excellent health care education and research.
  2. Respect for one’s self, for others and for the truth is the foundation of honor and integrity. It is the basis for fostering diversity throughout our health system. 
  3. Responsibility in the health sciences includes ethical standards and places patient needs at the center of our work. All our actions reflect the professionalism expected of health care providers.
  4. Discovery involves inquiry and innovation that creates an ideal environment for exemplary patient care, education and research. 
  5. Excellence means being satisfied with no less than the highest goals and working together to achieve excellence throughout our organization.

Facts and Figures

Patient Services 

  • Clinic visits (all sites): 614,133
  • Inpatient discharges: 25,749
  • Major surgical operations: 23,431
  • Deliveries: 1,837  
  • Emergency and Trauma Center visits: 71,962
  • Patients transported by helicopter: 576  
  • Radiological exams and treatments: 279,655  
  • Laboratory tests: 1,658,409
  • Pharmacy orders: 6,062,658

Learners: 5,417

  • MU School of Health Professions: 2,849 (includes undergraduates)
  • MU School of Medicine: 1,161
    • Medical Students: 392
    • Residents: 346
    • Fellows; 81
    • Master's students in biomedical sciences: 32
    • Doctoral students in biomedical sciences: 137
    • Other professional degree programs (MPH, MHA, PhD): 173
  • MU Sinclair School of Nursing: 1,407 (includes undergraduates)

Workforce: 7,681

  • MU Health Care: 5,166
  • MU School of Medicine: 2,196
  • MU Sinclair School of Nursing: 76
  • MU School of Health Professions: 243

Finances: $1 billion annual revenue

  • MU Health Care: $789 million
  • MU School of Medicine: $324 million
  • MU Sinclair School of Nursing: $15 million
  • MU School of Health Professions: $20 million

Economic impact: $2.3 billion annually

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, for every dollar spent by a medical school or teaching hospital, an additional $1.30 is indirectly generated for a total impact of $2.30. With expenditures of almost $1 billion in 2015, MU Health Care and MU School of Medicine generated approximately $2.3 billion in economic impact last year. 

In addition, MU Health Care provided and University Physicains provided more than $27.7 million and $21.9 million, respectively, in uncompensated care in 2015.


More than $400 million in progress or completed since 2010.

  • Patient Care Tower/Ellis Fischel Cancer Center: $190 million (Opened 2013)
  • Missouri Orthopaedic Institute: $55 million (Opened 2010)
  • Medical Education Biolding: $42 million (Opening 2017)
  • Missouri Orthopaedic Institute Addition: $40 million (Opening 2017)
  • University Hospital Renovations: $19 million (Opened 2015)
  • South Providence Medical Park: $35 million (Opened 2015)
  • Missouri Psychiatric Center: $13 million renovation (Opened 2010)
  • Clinical Research Center: $5 million renovation (Opened 2012)
  • Patient Care Tower - 3rd and 4th Floor Shell Space Project: $11 million (Opening 2016)
  • Missouri Orthopaedic Institute addition: $35 million (Opening 2016)
  • Medical education building: $40 million (Opening 2016)

Research and Development

  • The MU Health System and Cerner, one of the world’s leading suppliers of health information technology, developed a strategic partnership in 2009 to create the Tiger Institute for Health Innovation. Their collaborations in developing next-generation health care technology has helped MU become recognized as having one of the nation’s top 100 “most wired” hospital networks, and it has achieved the most advanced level (Stage 7) of electronic health records technology implementation.
  • MU medical school’s externally funded grant and contract expenditures have increased 25 percent since 2006 and exceeded $47 million in 2012. Research expenditures, from sources such as the NIH, increased from $26 million to $35 million.
  • The MU School of Medicine jumped 15 places in the annual ranking of medical schools in terms of National Institutes of Health funding from 2005 to 2012. The MU medical school's annual NIH grant expenditures have increased more than 40 percent since 2006.
  • MU opened a new Clinical Research Center at the medical school in 2012. The center is advancing drug and device development involving scientists across MU by supporting each phase of the clinical trials process. The center contains an advanced inpatient Phase 1 clinical trials unit.
  • MU’s nursing school received its largest grant ever in 2012. The $14.8 million federal award is implementing a project aimed at reducing avoidable re-hospitalizations among nursing home residents. Insights gained from this project could provide a national model for senior care and significantly reduce health care spending.
  • MU’s medical school received its largest grant ever in 2012. The $13.3 million federal award is helping MU combine advanced electronic health records technology with education for patients and providers in an effort to transform the nation’s health care system.
  • The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and MU have a $5 million grant partnership that began in 2011 to support translational research projects between biomedical engineers and clinicians. MU is one of only 15 institutions in the country selected to establish a Coulter Translational Partnership Program.
  • MU is the only university with three NIH national centers in comparative medicine. MU’s National Swine Resource and Research Center is the country’s only repository and distribution site for swine models. MU also houses the only Rat Resource and Research Center and one of three regional Mouse Resource and Research Centers in the U.S. MU also is one of 12 sites selected for the new NCI Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, and MU has one of 13 regional biocontainment laboratories in the nation.
  • In partnership with MU’s medical school, MU’s Research Reactor has become the largest U.S. producer of radioisotopes for biomedical and medical applications. MU has the nation’s most powerful university reactor.
  • MU boasts some of the world’s top scientists in nanomedicine. MU is home to one of only 12 nanotechnology platform partners as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and it formed a drug development partnership with an international pharmaceutical firm in 2010. MU’s Institute of Nano and Molecular Medicine is led by National Medal of Science winner and National Academy of Sciences member Fred Hawthorne, PhD, one of the world’s best chemists.
  • In partnership with Truman Veterans Hospital, MU’s medical school operates one of the world’s best biomolecular imaging centers. The center produces high-resolution anatomic and molecular images of rodents for radiopharmaceutical and other biomedical research. The center was created in part with a $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
  • The MU School of Medicine Department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology ranks third in terms
 of research grant funding according to the American Physiological Society and ranks among the top 25 such departments in terms of National Institutes of Health funding.

MU Health System Units

MU Health Care

University of Missouri Health Care includes five hospitals 
and a network of more than 50 primary and specialty clinics located throughout mid-Missouri. The health care organization includes Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, the Missouri Psychiatric Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital and University Hospital, all in Columbia. MU Health Care’s clinical partners include Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City and Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia.

MU Health Care also maintains close affiliations with hospitals across the state. In 2013, MU Health Care exceeded its goals for financial performance and patient satisfaction. 

MU School of Medicine

The University of Missouri School of Medicine has improved health, education and research for more than 165 years. More Missouri physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university. The School of Medicine's more than 680 faculty physicians and scientists educate more than 1,000 medical students, residents, fellows and others seeking advanced degrees, as well as more than 1,000 undergraduate students each semester.

Research focuses on lifesaving discoveries that address the most prevalent health problems. The school is nationally ranked in such areas as family and community medicine, primary care, pharmacology and physiology, and health management and informatics. The school includes University Physicians, the multispecialty practice plan of approximately 500 physicians affiliated with University of Missouri Health Care. University Physicians is consistently ranked in the Top 10 for faculty practice performance and efficiency by the University HealthSystem Consortium.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing

The Sinclair School of Nursing has been a leader in nursing education since 1904. Its faculty has the highest scholarly productivity in the nation among all public nursing school members of the Association of American Universities. The nursing school is committed to preparing students at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels and to the ongoing professional development of practicing nurses to meet care needs of the citizens of Missouri and beyond.

Its degree opportunities include: a bachelor’s degree; an online RN to BSN option; an accelerated BSN program; and master's, doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and doctoral (PhD) degree programs.

MU School of Health Professions

The MU School of Health Professions is the University of Missouri System’s only school of health professions and the state’s only public allied health program located on a health sciences campus. With programs in rehabilitation, diagnostic and imaging sciences, graduates of the School of Health Professions fill critical roles in health care. The school includes six departments and 10 disciplines, each with its own specialized accreditation processes.

The school also hosts a satellite program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Pharmacy. The school has experienced extraordinary growth. Enrollment has increased more than 230 percent since 2002. Students at the School of Health Professions consistently excel on national examinations, placing them in the top tier of job and graduate school candidates.