Physicians seeking professional and personal growth will find both in St. Joseph, a friendly community of 75,000 located close enough to the Kansas City area to share in the recreational and cultural amenities of the city, yet far enough removed to be free of traffic and crime. Kansas City International Airport is only 30 minutes away, making travel in and out of the area a breeze.
St. Joseph has been rated America's 17th most livable city by Money magazine and cited as "The best place for sportsmen in the Midwest" by Outdoor Life. The community provides a healthy environment in which to live, work and raise a family. It boasts an excellent education system with "Gold Star" award-winning public schools, private Catholic and Christian institutions, and a University. St. Joseph offers a wide spectrum of modern up-scale housing and charming Victorian era mansions plus an abundance of activities with 3 golf courses, 12 museums, a nationally-recognized parkway system and access to scores of hunting, fishing and camping spots.
Unlike most communities of its size, St. Joseph is served by only one hospital, Heartland Regional Medical Center. The 350-bed tertiary center serves a regional population of 300,000. HealthGrades, the leading provider of health care quality information for consumers, has recognized Heartland with its Distinguished Hospital Award for Patient Safety for five consecutive years. The award places Heartland among the top 3% in the United States for patient safety. For the third consecutive year, Heartland received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. The award places Heartland in the top 5 % in the United States for clinical quality performance.
A level II trauma center, the hospital houses a 10-room OR with dedicated heart, vascular and neuro suites, a state-of-the-art Heart Center, 21-bed ICU, and 21-bed LDRP OB unit. Heartland's Medical Staff is comprised of 210 physicians, 93% board certified, practicing in over 40 specialties.