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Hall of Fame Inductees Crucial to Health System's Success

Seventh annual Hall of Fame dinner and presentation honors vital leaders

Recipients of this year’s Hall of Fame awards (from left): Patti Winegar; Larry Margolis; Jon Jackson; Kent and Andrea Price; Clark Hunt; Steve and Carole Price.

Inductees into The University of Kansas Health System's Hall of Fame are (from left) Patti Winegar; Larry Margolis; Jon Jackson; Kent and Andrea Price; Clark Hunt; Steve and Carole Price.

Hall of Fame: Celebrating those who advance our vision

"We're proud to recognize several of our most valuable players – loyal supporters whose contributions have made a lasting impact on our patients and our organization. Through their commitment to caring and their support of our system, each award recipient is making a lasting impact on the health of people in Kansas City, across Kansas and beyond.”

– Bob Page, President and Chief Executive Officer

2017 honorees

  • Legacy Award: 
    • Jon Jackson
  • Catalyst Awards: 
    • Blood and Marrow Transplant Team – The University of Kansas Cancer Center
    • Carole and Steve Price
      Andrea and Kent Price
  • Partner in Excellence Awards: 
    • Kansas City Chiefs and Hunt Family Foundation
    • SPM Marketing & Communications


Legacy Awards

Honors a leader who has gone above and beyond in service to the health system over many years

Video icon Jon Jackson, recipient of the 2017 Legacy AwardJon Jackson

Since joining the hospital as a dialysis administrator in 1983, Jon has served as a legislative architect, statehouse negotiator, vote wrangler, construction guru, board recruiter, marketing strategist, art advocate and all-around visionary. No matter the responsibility – including helping to craft (and re-craft) the volumes of legislation allowing the system to break with the state – he approached each challenge with calm, candor and consistency.

Well known for his vast knowledge of wine, Jon's career might carry this label: "One of a kind and confidently bold, infused with a thoughtful yet complex intensity, this remarkably dry vintage pairs well with a variety of situations, leaving a lasting impression."

Catalyst Awards

Honors individuals or groups who have helped transform the health system through support, innovative thinking and advocacy

Video iconDr. McGuirk and the Blood and Marrow Transplant Team the 2017 Catalyst Award winnersBlood and Marrow Transplant Team – The University of Kansas Cancer Center


Since becoming the region's first blood and marrow transplant provider in 1977, The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Blood and Marrow Transplant Team has performed more than 3,100 transplants. The quality of this program powerfully contributed to the cancer center's National Cancer Institute designation as well as our ongoing U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals ranking for cancer care.

By working together, the team itself serves as a catalyst in the lives of their patients – accelerating healing and inspiring hope.

Video iconThe Price Family 2017 Catalyst Award winnersCarole and Steve Price
 Andrea and Kent Price


A history of integrity, loyalty and philanthropy runs in the Price family. So does a history of heart disease. Steve and Carole have both had heart issues and their son, Kent, required quintuple bypass surgery at age 45. By making the lead gift to fund one of the first cardiac surgical hybrid suites in the nation, they have helped patients and families throughout the region, country and the world – our suite is known as the gold standard. The Price family has truly helped us on our path to lead the nation in caring, healing, teaching and discovering.


Partnership in Excellence Awards

Honors companies or organizations that have invested in the health system's growth and success through philanthropy, volunteerism and/or business partnership

Video iconThe Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation are the 2017 Parnership in Excellence AwardKansas City Chiefs and Hunt Family Foundation

The Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation go the extra yard to serve patients at The University of Kansas Health System. In 2008 and 2012, Clark and Tavia Hunt served as honorary chairs for Treads & Threads, which raises funds to care for patients with cancer. Proceeds from the annual NFL-wide 101 Awards Dinner benefit our youth sports medicine program and shines a national spotlight on our health system. And Chiefs Fantasy Camp, one of the first such fundraisers in the country, benefits the Center for Concussion Management.



Video iconSPM Marketing and Communications is the 2017 Partnership in Excellence AwardSPM Marketing & Communications


Our foundational principle to lead on a national and international level made SPM Marketing & Communications a natural choice to handle our marketing. While all agencies specialize in communication, SPM shares our passion for patient care by focusing solely on healthcare marketing, with extensive experience and a deep understanding of academic medical centers. They have consistently shared our story in a compelling way, highlighting the benefits of National Cancer Institute designation and condensing the difference between our health system and others into six words: "Why would you go anywhere else?"


Leadership, advocacy and philanthropy

Established in 2011, the Hall of Fame honors individuals and organizations for leadership, advocacy and philanthropy. Their commitment and support have paved the way for the health system’s transformational journey since becoming an independent authority in 1998.