A Caring Member Of Our Community
Our commitment to high-quality, compassionate care extends beyond our hospital and into our community, metropolitan Kansas City. We’ve built strong partnerships to maintain and improve the health and overall well-being of our neighbors.
Each year, The University of Kansas Hospital provides leadership, clinical, educational, monetary and volunteer support to many worthwhile causes and organizations throughout the city. These include hospital-wide initiatives and grass-roots efforts by departments and individual employees.
Community programs are one way we help make a difference and demonstrate our commitment to the health and success of our neighbors and neighborhoods.
Our employees take the lead in promoting cardiovascular health, stroke prevention and research through yearly participation in the Kansas City Heart Walk.
Staff raises money for the American Heart Association through "fun" fundraisers, including bake sales, games and contests. Team members recruit friends and family members to join them for the walk. In 2011, over 900 walkers from throughout Kansas City participated in the event.
Each spring, the hospital gives fresh daffodils, the first flowers of spring, to cancer patients as part of "Daffodil Days." This is one of the American Cancer Society’s oldest and best-known fundraisers.
For cancer survivors, daffodils represent the gift of life for another year. For others, they serve as a remembrance of loved ones. For all, daffodils symbolize hope for a cure. The University of Kansas Hospital honors cancer patients and their families and friends by providing daffodils to patients who are receiving treatment or are hospitalized.
Our annual drive-thru flu shot event gives employees and staff the chance to promote good health firsthand. Community members drive to our campus to receive free flu shots. In 2011, more than 450 hospital and University of Kansas Medical Center volunteers provided nearly 3,350 flu vaccines.
This popular event provides an excellent opportunity to help Harvesters, the Community Food Network. Although flu shots are free, we ask participants to donate non-perishable food items or paper products. Thanks to our community’s generosity, Harvesters was able to provide 14,760 meals for those in need.
As the region's premier provider of comprehensive and compassionate cancer care, we support community events that promote cancer awareness and fund cancer research. Each year, our employees join Kansas City community members for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which brings together breast cancer survivors, patients, families, employees and physicians.
Each year, our employees give generously to the United Way to help our neighbors in need. In our last annual campaign, employees generously pledged more than $176,000. Employees also volunteer to clean up and repair local homes and business as part of United Way’s annual Day of Caring.
HEROs Giving Back
At The University of Kansas Hospital, employees are encouraged to get involved in the community. Through our Hospital Employees Reaching Out initiative (HERO), staff participate in several programs during the year, from teaching youngsters about bicycle safety to scraping paint from elderly neighbors' homes during Christmas in October.
The program helps to underscore the hospital's leadership role in the community and build our reputation as an employer of choice.