An elegant evening at Kansas City’s historic Union Station raised more than 1 million dollars towards a 16 million dollar goal as part of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) Leading the Way Centennial Campaign.
More than 11-hundred alumni, civic, community leaders and faculty members gathered for a Centennial Gala Saturday, Oct. 22 at Union Station to celebrate KCU’s founding in 1916.
“KCU has a special place in the history of Kansas City,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, President and CEO. “We are inspired by the many accomplishments that have been made by those who have gone before us and look to the future of medical education and research with great enthusiasm.”
Funds raised at the Centennial Gala are part of 11 million dollars donated to the campaign which include a Mabee Challenge grant of 1 million dollars from the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation.
KCU’s Leading the Way Centennial Campaign will fund a state-of- the- art Center for Medical and Surgical simulation. The center will include a hospital environment equipped with high-tech manikins that imitate real-life patients and medical emergencies.
The center will provide integrated training and collaboration for medical, nursing, psychology and pharmacology students that mirror a hospital setting.
The campaign will also fund student scholarships, research, and outreach programs that include Score 1 for Health Screening programs for children in underserved areas of Kansas City and Wyandotte County, as well as KCU’s Global Health outreach programs in Guatemala, Kenya and the Dominican Republic.
“We appreciate the generous contributions of all who have joined KCU and our alumni on this important journey,” said Hahn, “These efforts will take patient care to the next level. We believe that is the perfect way to begin our second century of medical education.”