Women’s Center

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City | Services & Specialties

Saint Luke’s Hospital Women’s Center has blazed a trail of firsts in women’s health care. We were the first Kansas City area hospital to provide prenatal support to expectant mothers – nearly a century ago. And we were the first hospital in the United States to open a center dedicated solely to women’s heart health – in 1994.

Today – Saint Luke’s Hospital continues to offer convenient, comprehensive care for women of all ages. Our Women’s Center houses many programs devoted to women’s health.

The Ellen Hockaday Center for Women’s Care

The Hockaday Center offers comprehensive breast screening services and specialized care for high-risk pregnancies, including:

  • Walk-in mammograms with state-of-the-art digital imaging
  • Breast screening and diagnostics
  • Perinatology services and ultrasound for high-risk pregnancies
  • Women's bladder and pelvic health services
  • Genetic counseling and diagnostics
  • Family-friendly labor and delivery rooms

The Muriel I. Kauffman Women's Heart Center

When the Muriel I. Kauffman Women's Heart Center opened in 1994, it was the first center in the United States dedicated to women's heart health. Since then, more than 100,000 women have trusted their heart to the center's doctors and staff. Four cardiologists — three of them women — are on staff.

Services at the Women's Heart Center include:

  • Heart screening and risk assessment
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Varicose vein treatment 
Women’s Center at
Saint Luke's Hospital

4401 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
  • With Saint Luke's help, a two-time heart transplant recipient became a mom—two times over.

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  • Saint Luke’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit had just opened when I was born two months early on September 16, 1980. My mom developed preeclampsia, which caused her blood pressure to spike and her entire body to swell.

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  • I was born at 24 weeks on October 20, 1984, and weighed only 21.5 ounces. My mom said my eyes were still fused close. The doctors at Saint Luke’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit told her I had only a 50 percent chance of surviving. (My odds went down to 13 percent when I developed a heart problem three weeks later.) The doctors said if I survived, I would be blind, deaf, and severely retarded.

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  • 09/25/2017 - 7:00pm
    Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City - Peet Center Conference Room

    Get the latest information on baby care basics, safety, early brain development and common new parent concerns in this interactive class. $15/Up to 2 people may attend.

  • 09/27/2017 - 6:30pm
    Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City - Peet Center Conference Room

    Get the basics you need for successful breastfeeding. This class includes techniques and tips to get you off to a good start and ideas to help fit breastfeeding into your lifestyle. Birth partners and other family members are encouraged to attend.

  • 10/10/2017 - 5:00pm
    Saint Luke's Cancer Institute Resource Room

    Please join us for our  monthly forum:

    Koontz Center Advanced Breast Cancer Forum
    Tuesday October 10th 5:00pm – 6:00pm
    Dr Timothy Pluard: Genomic analysis of Metastatic Breast Cancer

    If you plan to attend the September forum please email:


  • Unstoppable: One Year After Heart Transplant

    Jenna has never let anything stand in the way of her dreams. Not even a heart failure. When she needed a heart transplant, she choose Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. 

  • My Cancer Journey: Early Detection Saves a New Mom's Life

    When you’re a vibrant, 31-year-old with a four-month-old son, breast cancer is the furthest thing from your mind. It was for Brandy Reed. Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute was there to help. This is her story.

  • My Cancer Journey: Driven to Beat Breast Cancer

    Lori thought she’d been handed a death sentence with her cancer diagnosis. She got a more than a second opinion at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute—she got a new lease on life. This is her story.