The University of Kansas Hospital's fourth annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Celebration

Inductees into The University of Kansas Hospital’s fourth Hall of Fame are (from left) Dave Kerr, former Kansas Senate president; Gregory Muehlebach, MD, MidAmerica Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons; Randall Genton, MD, Mid-America Cardiology; Pat Warren, Kansas Speedway; Teresa and Tom Walsh, philanthropists; William H. Dunn, Sr. and Terry Dunn, JE Dunn Construction.

The distinguished people and organizations we honor made brave and generous decisions to allow The University of Kansas Hospital's healthcare providers to do what they do best...with the right governing structure...the right support...and the right focus on patient care.”

– Bob Page, President and Chief Executive Officer

2014 honorees

  • Legacy Award: 
    • Dave Kerr, Former Kansas Senate President
  • Catalyst Awards: 
    • Mid-America Cardiology, MidAmerica Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons
    • Teresa and Tom Walsh
  • Partner in Excellence Awards: 
    • JE Dunn 
    • Kansas Speedway

Legacy Award

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

Video icon Dave Kerr, former Kansas Senate President

A highly influential Kansas state senator in 1998, Dave Kerr was the chief advocate and a tireless supporter of legislation to create The University of Kansas Hospital Authority. He has continued to champion the hospital throughout its transformation, serving as a pragmatic leader and advisor on the Hospital Authority Board.

Catalyst Awards

Honors individuals who have helped transform the hospital through support, innovative, thinking and advocacy

Video iconMid-America Cardiology and MidAmerica Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons

Joining the hospital in a leap of faith in 2000, these cardiac practices built an outstanding heart program that accelerated the hospital’s transformation. The program gained national attention in 2007 as the hospital’s first area recognized in the country’s top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals – a list it remains on.

Video iconTeresa and Tom Walsh, philanthropists

After experiencing the fear and uncertainty that accompanies a family member’s cancer diagnosis, the Walshes made a leadership gift to establish The University of Kansas Cancer Center’s Nurse Navigation Program. Disease-specific navigators guide patients and loved ones throughout the cancer journey. The couple’s subsequent gift grew the program to one of the most extensive in the U.S., with 14 navigators.

Partner in Excellence Award

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

Video iconJE Dunn Construction

When building the hospital’s Center for Advanced Heart Care, JE Dunn Construction worked closely with staff to ensure construction did not disrupt patient care. Years later, they did the same when adding three levels to the now-iconic structure. The longtime hospital partner has also made generous gifts to our heart and cancer programs.

Video iconKansas Speedway

Partnerships between the speedway and the hospital have benefited the community in vital ways since the NASCAR track’s debut in 2001. The speedway’s need for a Level I Trauma Center spurred the hospital to gain the accreditation and resulted in our first sports medicine healthcare partnership.

The speedway also serves as the unique venue for the hospital’s annual Treads & Threads gala, which has raised more than $7 million for cancer care.

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 hospital’s transformational journey since becoming an independent authority in 1998.