Truman Medical Center East

Formerly called County Hospital


When he became county judge, Truman saw that the county's home for the aged could not adequately address the health needs of its residents. In 1928, Jackson County voters approved a bond issue to build a county hospital. It was completed in 1930. "The hospital is up at a less cost than any similar institution," Truman wrote proudly. "...The per bed cost is one half the City's and St. Luke's and any others you want to name." (Handwritten manuscript, ca. 1930.)

County Hospital, located at Little Blue and Lee's Summit Roads about 16 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, was named for Truman shortly after he died.