University Health Working To ‘Change The Face Of Health Care’

With more than 50 specialists and 500 physicians, University of Missouri Health Care is the largest health care provider in Mid-Missouri, according to CEO/COO Mitch Wasden.

Wasden said MU Health, a teaching hospital, tends to be the market leader in most service areas — specifically cancer care, orthopedics, women’s health, children’s health, emergency medicine and surgical care. MU Hospital is the only Level I Trauma center in Mid-Missouri, and the system also has the only mental health facility in the area.

Patients can expect to see a lot of growth over the next few years as the hospital works to better meet patient needs.

University of Missouri Health Care is trying to change the face of health care by offering more affordable, accessible options with the new quick care clinics in the Hy-Vee stores and MU Healthe, an online portal through which patients can schedule visits and do video consultations with their physician. Wasden said MU Healthe is the future of medicine.

MU’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center recently became the first academic certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, one of the highest-ranked cancer centers in the world.

MU Health is leading the way in orthopedics, with a four-story expansion of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, which is home the Mizzou BioJoint Center, where surgeons have developed a procedure that utilizes natural tissue to restore joint function.

MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital is the fourth hospital in the state — and the only one in Mid-Missouri — to earn a Baby-Friendly designation from the World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. Women’s and Children’s also offers Mid-Missouri’s first low-intervention birth program.

MU Health has earned accolades outside of patient care as well, including being named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health systems by the American Hospital Association’s “Hospitals & Health Networks” magazine and a “Most Connected Hospital” by U.S. News and World Report. In October, MU Health received the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society’s Enterprise Nicholas E. Davis Award of Excellence for health care technology innovations that improve patient outcomes as well.