Skip Navigation LinksHome/About Us/Health Assessment of Community

Health Assessment of Community

One-third of Jackson County is uninsured or receives Medicaid; representing one of the highest percentages of population in surrounding counties.
 
The Greater Kansas City Area's health status is comparable to national benchmarks but with more profound racial disparities between African American and white residents than are observed nationally. 
  • Infant mortality rates exceeded the national average.
  • The proportion of low and very low birth weight births were 30 and 44 percent higher.
  • The admission rate and days of care for respiratory system disorders and cardiovascular disease far exceeded national benchmarks.

African Americans are more likely to lose years of life due to chronic conditions, and experience worse maternal and child health outcomes than white residents; these disparities are more pronounced than national benchmarks.
 
When looking at statistics for specifically Jackson County, it is clear that these health issues are of particular concern for the residents: 

  • Pregnant women in Jackson County are significantly more likely to receive no or inadequate prenatal care when compared to the statewide average; the percentage of low birth weight infants and infant mortality rates in Jackson county are also significantly higher.
  • The hospital admission rate for asthma in Jackson County is 16.8 per 10,000, compared to 13.3 statewide; the racial disparity among asthma sufferers is also pronounced, 13 percent of African Americans have asthma compared to 10 percent of whites.
  • The overall heart disease mortality rate for Jackson County was notably higher than the overall U.S. rate.

These data indicate an ongoing need for access to primary care and coordinated access to specialty care, especially for those suffering from chronic conditions.
 
Safety net clinics and exam rooms are not distributed across the Jackson county area in the same pattern that the uninsured and medically underserved are distributed. This means that, in some areas, the uninsured and medically underserved have a more difficult time accessing safety net services. For example, to serve all uninsured or Medicare recipients, Jackson County safety net rooms would need to see 1,316 patients per year.
 
Wait times at safety net rooms are long, indicating that clinics are at capacity and it is impairing access to care. Additionally, the ratio of safety net primary care doctors is much lower than the ratio of all primary care doctors to the overall population. There are 10,314 people for every safety net primary care doctor compared to 751 people for every general primary care doctor. As a result the uninsured are visiting emergency rooms instead of safety net clinics. This equates to 13.7 percent of the population accounting for 22 percent of all emergency room visits.
 
Emergency room data indicates that there is a need for weekend and evening primary care services; however, there is a lack of safety net services available during these times. A contributor to this is the lack of adequate staffing to provide care on evenings and weekends. The total percentage of safety net hours available in the evenings is only 3.6 percent and only 2 percent of hours are on the weekends.

Click here to view the St. Joseph Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment

Click here to view the St. Mary's Medical Center Community Health Needs Assessment.

Search by Name:
Search by Specialty:

Physician Highlight

Scott M. Abraham, MD

ORTHOPEDIC
SURGERY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Courtney A. Angell, MD

OBSTETRICS &
GYNECOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Norman I. Bamber, MD

NEUROSURGERY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Ashutosh V. Bapat, MD

CARDIOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Rene P. Bollier, MD

FAMILY PRACTICE

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Aruna Bollineni, MD

NEUROLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Pierre Castera, MD

COLON/RECTAL
SURGERY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Richard Charette, MD

PEDIATRICS

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Charles F. Cockerell, MD

PEDIATRICS

Learn more

Physician Highlight

John C. Ellis, MD

OTORHINOLARYNGOLOG

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Rick D. Espe, MD

PEDIATRICS

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Larry J. Geier, MD

ONCOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Bryan C. Hughes, MD

FAMILY PRACTICE

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Kristin E. Humphreys, MD

INTERNAL MEDICINE

Learn more

Physician Highlight

James E. Johnson, DO

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Michael J. Liston, MD,
FACC

CARDIOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Alfonso J. Martinez, MD

PULMONOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Marco S. Mazzella, MD,
FACC

CARDIOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Michele C. McIntosh, MD

PEDIATRICS

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Richard James
McKittrick, MD

HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOG

Learn more

Physician Highlight

M. Brook Redd, MD

GENERAL &
LAPAROSCOPIC
SURGERY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Subramanian Sivarajan,
MD

NEPHROLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Robert T. Stein, MD

PEDIATRICS

Learn more

Physician Highlight

John A. Thesing, MD

GASTROENTEROLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Russell J. Thornton, DO

FAMILY PRACTICE

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Gregory R. VanDenBerghe,
MD

ORTHOPEDIC
SURGERY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Anna S. Wagner, DO

FAMILY PRACTICE

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Donald Chris Walker, MD

RADIOLOGY

Learn more

Physician Highlight

Mark S. Walton, MD

OTORHINOLARYNGOLOG

Learn more

Voice of the Patient

  • I admired the professionalism of the staff. They are a credit to the hospital.
  • It was thanks to the staff that I found value in Cardiac Rehab.
  • The most helpful part of the program was the quality care provided by the five nurses. You have a great staff!
  • The entire program was excellent. The classes were great and the nursing staff was very knowledgeable.
  • Rehab was excellent; it was vital to my full recovery and restored health.
  • Thank you for your support and for guiding me through this difficult time. Words cannot express my gratitude for all you have done.
  • I was overwhelmed with your kindness and caring.
  • Thank you for your extraordinary kindness, guidance and support.
  • You all are my angels.
  • Thank you for your support in a time when I was freaking out.
  • The Breast Center put the care in health care.
  • My father’s caregiver was always polite and courteous. We would just like to thank your staff and would highly recommend your services.
  • My caregiver showed up even when hospice said the roads were too bad!
  • Services were available when I needed help. The people were very helpful and kind so I could relax and concentrate on getting well. Thank you!
  • The care given to my parents was fantastic. My mom loved her caregiver and all the staff that called on her. Thank you.
  • I felt the caregivers really cared about my mother, and if they saw something I needed to be aware of they called me.
  • Your staff is great, very prompt and I would recommend Carondelet Care Resources to anyone.
  • I appreciated the personal attention and care given to my mother. She was cared for and treated with respect. Thanks so much for everything!
  • Every single caregiver was excellent!
  • My caregiver is always very polite. I think your services are excellent.
  • I couldn’t have asked for better treatment.
  • The two wonderful health care providers that came to my house gave excellent care.
  • The home health agency made my recovery smooth. The nurses and therapists were wonderful.
  • The nurse we had was great. I thought your agency was first class. 
  • I am very pleased with the nurse that comes to take care of my husband. She has been a big help and answered all my questions.
  • My home health nurse was very kind and efficient. She was a tremendous help and one of the best nurses I’ve encountered.
  • I was especially pleased with the services I received from my nurse. She is a top professional in her field.
  • I have been very pleased with the care and help provided by the home health care. Thank you for all you have done.
  • I have received home health care from several different agencies over the years and Carondelet is by far the BEST!
  • My home health professionals did all they could to help me return to my normal knee function. They did their jobs well!
  • I was very pleased with my therapy. The therapists were very knowledgeable about my recovery requirements.
  • I was very happy with the service I received and I would use them again for sure. I rate them very high.
  • Very helpful, very professional and always interested in me as an individual. I would highly recommend them to all my friends.
  • My nurse was wonderful and I felt like she really cared about me.
  • Your staff is very welcoming and if I have to have another procedure done, I plan on going to St. Joseph.
  • I found I got excellent care at St. Joseph. I had a very good experience there and I highly recommend it.
  • I was really impressed with the people in the Cath Lab area. I have been lots of places and St. Mary’s rates #1 in my book.