Community Benefit

A caring member of our community

The University of Kansas Health System is committed to making a difference not only in the lives of our patients, but also our community. Our employees whole-heartedly embrace a culture of giving that includes donating, volunteering and participating. These initiatives reinforce our ties to the Kansas City community and contribute to the health and success of our neighbors and neighborhoods.

Health system employees help community residents improve their homes as part of the Hospital Employees Reaching Out (HERO) initiative.

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Each year, the health system provides leadership, clinical, educational, monetary and volunteer support to many worthwhile organizations and community programs throughout the Kansas City area. These include health system-wide initiatives and grass-roots efforts by departments and individual employees. Some of the programs include:

  • American Heart Association Heart Walk®: Our staff helps raise money for the American Heart Association by participating in the Heart Walk. Team members recruit friends and family members to join them for the event.
  • Race for the Cure: Each year, our employees participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which brings together breast cancer survivors, patients, families, employees and physicians.
  • United Way: Our employees give generously to the United Way through internal campaigns that raise money to help our neighbors in need.  
  • HERO: Through our Hospital Employees Reaching Out initiative, 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 Stroke Walk: Each year, employees help raise awareness about stroke and celebrate stroke survivors through participation in the American Stroke Foundation’s annual stroke walk. The day also includes a pancake breakfast, music and vendors.


Every year, patients are referred from hospitals in nearly all Kansas counties for our unique services not found elsewhere in the state. Some of our community services available in Kansas City are:

  • Level 1 Trauma Center: As the only nationally verified Level I Trauma Center in greater Kansas City, and one of only three in Kansas, we provide a full spectrum of care for critically injured patients.
  • Midwest Transplant Network (MTN): We partner with MTN, a non-profit organization selected by the federal government to manage organ donations in Kansas and the western two-thirds of Missouri. This collaboration helps our physicians and care providers evaluate and manage potential organ donors to find the best possible match.
  • Patient Resource Centers: Our resource centers offer patients, their families and community members with free information and support to help them take active roles in managing their health. Our centers include cancer, heart, and spine care.
  • The University of Kansas Health System Poison Control Center: The Poison Control Center is staffed by pharmacists and nurses specifically trained to handle emergencies involving chemicals, drugs, bites, stings and environmental hazards. Help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Turning Point: Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing provides emotional support to individuals and their families living with chronic illness. Through activities such as workshops, lectures and clinics, patients learn skills to help them cope with their condition.
  • Gene and Barbara Burnett Burn Center: Ours is the only nationally verified burn center in the region accredited for both adult and pediatric burns by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. Here, our team of experts provides specialized care for complex burns and wounds.