Thank you for your support last year.
Here are some highlights from 2021.
PROGRAMS FOR NURSING
The Research Foundation provided support to nursing students attending Research College of Nursing, Avila University, and William Jewell College during the 2020-2021 academic year. Financial assistance was distributed through $255,771 in scholarships as well as funding of nursing lab kits and white coats.
CONTINUING EDUCATION SYMPOSIUMS
The Research Foundation partnered with Kansas City Southwest Clinical Society and the The Ed Bixby Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education to host two in-person symposiums in 2021. The Hoeper Primary Care Symposium is hosted annually with moderation by Dr. Sam Hoeper, Jr. and Dr. Anne Sly. The second symposium, the 2021 Time Critical Diagnosis Symposium, was planned with the help of Dr. Ajay Eshcol, Dr. Ashish Kulhari, and Dr. Jerey Simpson. Funding for symposiums is provided by the J.B. Reynolds Foundation and the Research Medical Center Medical Staff.
ASSISTANCE FOR CANCER PATIENTS
The Research Foundation collaborates with Bra Couture KC to make Verda’s Place available to low-income cancer patients. Located in the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center at Research Medical Center, Verda’s Place supports
lymphedema services, prosthetics, assistance with utilities, food cards, medications, nutritional supplements, and comfort items. In 2021, 53 cancer patients received assistance through Verda’s Place.
INJURY PREVENTION FOR YOUTH
The Research Foundation’s Young Traffic Offenders Program educated 761 young drivers, more than any previous year, in 2021. The program strives to change driving habits of young people by presenting the consequences of careless driving.
ALLIED HEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS
The Research Foundation awarded $61,025 to allied health students pursuing health care careers in physical therapy, radiation therapy, radiologic technology, and nuclear medicine technology.
THE ECHO TEAM
The Employees Contributing to Help Others (ECHO) Team, through The Research Foundation, provided assistance to 34 Research Medical Center employees with awards up to $2,000 in 2021. The Research Foundation's Employee Assistance Fund provides support to employees in emergency financial need. The fund has been and continues to be exclusively funded by employee contributions. It pays for basic needs such as rent or mortgage payments, utility payments and food.