Hedrick Medical Center & Wright Memorial Hospital, Saint Luke’s Health System

  • 2799 Washington St
  • Chillicothe




  • 25-bed Critical Access Hospital
  • 8-bed Emergency Department
  • 9,600 Annual ED Visits
  • 12-hour Shifts
  • Epic EMR w/ Dragon Dictation
  • Hospitalist & Radiology 24/7
  • Regional Referral Center


Located just north of Kansas City, Hedrick Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited city-owned critical access hospital that has cared for area communities since 1888. Our state-of-the-art facility opened in February 2014 and serves as a regional referral center for Livingston County and eight other surrounding counties. Our services include a 24-hour emergency department, primary care clinics, outpatient specialty clinics, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, outpatient maternity care, inpatient and outpatient surgery, intensive care unit with eICU capabilities, full diagnostic imaging, a full-service women’s center featuring 3-D mammography, hospitalist program, and a nurse navigator program. As an early adopter of telemedicine technology, Hedrick Medical Center stands out as a regional eHealth leader. As part of Saint Luke’s Health System, a faith-based, not-for-profit health system, we enjoy a rich network of over 200 primary and specialty care providers across 65 specialties at 14 area hospitals in the Kansas City area and surrounding region which has allowed our patients to remain close to home while receiving high-quality specialty care.

Hedrick Medical Center Awards & Recognitions

  • 2023 Best of the Best Hospitals and Emergency Departments in North Missouri
  • 5-Star CMS Rating, one of only two CAH facilities in Missouri!
  • Get with the Guidelines – Bronze Receiving Achievement Award (STEMI) 2022
  • Cardiovascular Program Certification
  • Pulmonary Program Certification
  • Level III Stroke Center
  • Level IV STEMI Center
  • Press Ganey Pinnacle of Excellence Award
  • Gold Seal of Approval Award
  • Top Performer of Key Quality Measures Award


Chillicothe is conveniently located at the crossroads of U.S. highways 65 and 36, less than 40 minutes from Interstate 35 and an hour from Interstates 70, 29 and 435. It is only an hour's drive to St. Joseph and 1.5 hours to downtown Kansas City. We are easily accessible to Kansas City International Airport.

Chillicothe was first incorporated in 1851 and named for an old nearby Shawnee Indian town that signifies "the big town where we live" or "our big home". Chillicothe's population is approximately 9,000; however, as the business and energy hub of Northern Missouri, the city serves a trade area population of over 65,000. Chillicothe residents regard education as a top priority. The Chillicothe R-II School District, recognized as a leader in innovative and progressive programs, has earned "A+ School" status by the State of Missouri. Qualified graduates of the Chillicothe School District receive free tuition to any community college or vocational school in the state. The Grand River Technical School is one of the top vocational facilities in the state. Health care and hospitals are also top-notch. A wide range of specialists and sub-specialists are available at Hedrick Medical Center, which serves as the regional hospital for a 3-county area, managed by St. Lukes Health System. In addition, an active Home Health Care department enhances the hospital's outreach.

There's lots to do that's close to Chillicothe. A visit to Jamesport, only 20 minutes away, is a "step back in time." Established in 1830, Jamesport and other neighboring towns offer a glimpse into 19th century America. It is now home to the largest Amish settlement in Missouri. Visitors can shop in dozens of antique, craft and specialty shops. Kansas City, only 78 miles away, offers year-round attractions. You can enjoy Kansas City Chiefs football, Royals baseball, hockey, soccer, and tennis. There's also the annual American Royal Livestock, Horse Show and Rodeo, the Country Club Plaza, Crown Center, Westport, River Market, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Harry S. Truman Library, the Kansas City Zoo, Worlds of Fun, riverboat casinos, and more.

Recreational opportunities abound in Chillicothe, recognized as the family recreational headquarters of Northern Missouri. It is home to 6 city parks totaling 90 acres which include 5 baseball diamonds, including an NCAA regulation baseball facility, 6 lighted tennis courts and 4 lighted sand volleyball courts. For golfing fans, the beautiful new Green Hills Golf Course offers 18 championship holes to the public. An additional 9 holes are available at the Chillicothe Country Club. The Club also offers tennis, swimming pool and full-service dining facilities. Nearby recreational facilities include Poosey State Forest (13 miles), Pershing State Park (18 miles), and Crowder State Park (27 miles). Visitors can boat, fish, swim and relax. Other natural areas to explore include Fountain Grove and Swan Lake Migratory - waterfowl area reserves southeast of Chillicothe. Swan Lake, a federal-owned reserve of 11,000 acres for wild geese and ducks, is one of the largest in the world.

For those into water recreation, the Aquatic Center offers something for everyone. The Center has a zero-depth entrance, toddlers' wading pool, diving area and two water slides. For complete family health, fitness and fun, The Grand River Area Family YMCA has it all. Opened in 1992, it has become the fourth largest YMCA in Missouri. The YMCA facilities include an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, gymnasium, racquetball courts, athletic field, indoor track, and shuffleboard courts.

Chillicothe is just a few hours’ drive to from larger metropolitan areas and points of attraction:

  • Kansas City, MO: 1.5
  • Columbia, MO: < 2
  • Overland Park, KS: < 2
  • Topeka, KS: 2
  • Des Moines, IA: 2.5
  • Omaha, NE: 3
  • Louis, MO: < 4
  • Davenport, IA: 4.5

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