Truman Medical Centers (TMC) has all the things you expect from a great health system. With two, acute care academic hospital locations, a behavioral health program, a long term care facility and multiple primary care practices, TMC provides care from birth through your senior years.
TMC Hospital Hill, in downtown Kansas City, is the busiest Level One Trauma Center in the city. From the healing environment of 400 works of museum quality art to our seasonal produce market, you can count on something special at TMC. We provide the full range of services with specialties in chronic disease management, high risk pregnancy and sleep disorders along with the brand new state of the art Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Center.
In eastern Jackson County, TMC Lakewood sits on 300 acres of beautiful wooded grounds, with a nature walking trail and scenic views, our facility is the epitome of comfort and care. We have all the services you would expect a community hospital from emergency medicine to a nationally-certified orthopaedic joint replacement program as well as a labor and delivery unit that provides comfort and care for the whole family. We have several community-based family medical care centers and a radiology center that provides the latest in technology and specialized breast cancer care that includes a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon close to home.
Truman Medical Center (TMC) Hospital Hill was dedicated four decades ago, but its roots go back more than a century.
Its forerunner was General Hospital, Kansas City's first hospital, built in 1870 then rebuilt in the 1920s into two racially segregated facilities. The hospitals joined together in 1957, forming a facility that later
became the teaching hospital for the new University of Missouri-Kansas City Medical School, and a major component in Hospital Hill, a master plan designed by community leaders for the consolidation and improvement of hospitals in the Kansas City area. The new medical school and connected hospital were dedicated in 1976.
The roots of TMC Lakewood go back even further than those of TMC Hospital Hill — to the mid 1800's, when Jackson County purchased a large farm for the purpose
of caring for those who could no longer care for themselves. But it was Harry S. Truman who set the ball rolling on a path that would eventually lead to today's two-hospital system.
In 1928, Truman, then the presiding judge of the Jackson County Court, campaigned for and saw passage of a bond issue that led to construction of the Rural Jackson County Emergency Hospital on the grounds of the farm. In the 1970s, TMC and UMKC School of Medicine were established on Hospital Hill and joined with the old county hospital, which became Truman Medical Center East. In early 2000, the names were officially changed to Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill and Truman Medical Center Lakewood.
At the turn of the twentieth century, African-American doctors, nurses and patients were excluded from most Kansas City area hospitals. The realities of segregation created the need for Black health care institutions. The film From Separate to Equal: The Creation of Truman Medical Centers tells the dramatic story of some of greater Kansas City’s African-American health care pioneers and their efforts which led to the creation of Black hospitals such as Douglass Hospital and General Hospital Number 2 and finally to the complete integration of the health care system, informing and giving rise to Truman Medical Centers.