History

The Research Foundation story began in 1965 when Research Hospital Foundation was formed to raise funds to help Research Hospital provide health care services to the community. For nearly 40 years, the Foundation provided support to Research Medical Center to bring the latest in medical advancements and treatments and to provide a broad base of services to serve the healthcare needs of patients in the greater Kansas City community.

With the purchase of Research Medical Center in 2003 by HCA, a for-profit health care company, The Research Foundation concluded its affiliation with Research Medical Center. While no longer affiliated with Research Medical Center, The Research Foundation remains committed to serving the community and carrying on the spirit of the original Foundation through our many health education and scholarship programs.

2017
ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City VIP speaker, Sarah Smith, was selected as the 2017 VIP of the Year by the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation at the 2017 ThinkFirst Conference on Injury Prevention, "Promoting a Culture of Safety."

2016
The Research Foundation added an additional scholarship opportunity for area students pursuing health care professions through the Doctor of Physical Therapy Scholarship.

2015
ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City set another record, reaching 55,000 youth at more than 200 assemblies during the 2014-2015 academic year.

2014
The day-to-day management of the Harmon Diabetes Center was transitioned to Midwest Endocrine located on the Research Medical Center Brookside campus. Through individual and group classes, Harmon Diabetes Center will continue to offer patients the opportunity to have a greater level of success in gaining control over their diabetes.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City was selected to receive the Tempe Humphrey Youth Safety Award.

RoadWise was piloted as a new program emphasizing the importance of wearing a seatbelt, making good decisions behind the wheel and not driving distracted.

2013
ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City reached a record-setting 40,715 students during the 2012-2013 academic year.

2012
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and AAA presented The Research Foundation's Young Traffic Offenders Program with the Show-Me Safety Award for its success in educating youth on the importance of driving safely.

2011
ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City received the People Saving People Award from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the impact it has made educating young people.

ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City reached more youth in 2011 than any of the other 130 ThinkFirst chapters from across the nation.

2008
ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City was named Chapter of the Year by the National ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Foundation.

2007
The Research Foundation expanded the Young Traffic Offenders Program to include Truman Medical Center as a site.

2007
The Diabetes Center was renamed Harmon Diabetes Center to honor the Harmon Family for their longtime support.

Due to the shortage of local nursing faculty, the Foundation expanded its scholarship opportunities to include scholarship awards to those pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education.

2006
The Research Foundation created the annual community-wide block party and health fair to attract individuals and families from the urban community of Kansas City to encourage healthy lifestyle changes through a variety of health screenings and health information provided.

2004
The Research Foundation reopened The Diabetes Center on the Research Medical Center campus serving approximately 750 patients with diabetes each year.

The Research Foundation began hosting full day physician and nursing education symposia in partnership with the Bixby Institute.

2003
The Research Foundation became the Kansas City chapter for the ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program and the Young Traffic Offenders Program.