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Resources and Support Services
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Patient and Family Resource Centers

Knowledge is important medicine. In our resource centers, patients, family and community members are invited to learn about their conditions or those of loved ones. These quiet areas offer materials such as brochures, books, videos and Internet access.

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are glad to answer your questions, help you find information and offer support.

Brandmeyer Patient Resource Center

The Brandmeyer Patient Resource Center at The University of Kansas Cancer Center is a comfortable place to learn about specific types of cancer, cancer treatment, clinical trials and other cancer-related information.

To learn more about the Brandmeyer Patient Resource Center, call 913-588-0131.

George Varghese, MD, Spine Learning and Resource Center

The George Varghese, MD, Spine Learning and Resource Center provides patients, their families and community members with the latest information on diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of spine-related diseases and disorders. Patients can explore their diagnoses and become actively involved in their treatment and rehabilitation.

The resource center features:

  • Informational brochures, pamphlets and CDs
  • A lending library of books, videos and other materials
  • Models of the human body to aid in visualization and understanding
  • Community resource and support group information for patients and caregivers
  • Internet access to nationally recognized spine-related websites

The center's coordinator is an experienced clinical professional who can help you find the resources you need. Call 913-588-9900 for more information.

Turning Point

Turning Point has been Kansas City’s highly respected patient support organization since 2001. With an array of comprehensive programs, Turning Point offers free classes and groups for those who have been touched by a serious or chronic illness, directly or indirectly. Through classes, activities and education, Turning Point helps participants increase resilience so they may live life to the fullest, even while experiencing chronic disease.

White Heart Learning and Resource Center

The White Heart Learning and Resource Center is a special learning environment located on the second level of the Center for Advanced Heart Care. It is one of the most comprehensive facilities of its kind in greater Kansas City.

Patients, their family members and community members can visit the center to learn about the heart and the importance of heart health. The center also gathers research information for the health system's doctors, nurses and staff.

To learn more about our heart care services in Kansas City and the White Heart Learning and Resource Center, call 913-588-1227. To reach the White Heart Learning and Resource Center directly, call 913-588-8618.

  • The full-time coordinator at the White Heart Learning and Resource Center is an advanced practice nurse with deep heart care experience. Nurses and other hospital staff with clinical experience in heart care and related fields also serve as volunteer coordinators. Our coordinators will guide you in using the center's learning tools. They will answer your questions or help you find the answers.

  • The White Heart Learning and Resource Center features computers so you can search online for the latest information about heart health. Our interactive learning software provides you with more in-depth information about the heart.

  • Our library is both a reading room and interactive exhibit. You can read books and reports on topics about heart conditions, heart health, diet and exercise. You'll also enjoy hands-on learning with 3D models of the heart and arteries. In addition, brochures and other reading materials are available for you to take home.

  • Videos on heart care topics are available and can be watched on a large, flat-screen TV.

  • Patients and their families can sign up for our free, monthly cardiac support group. This is a way to share personal experiences and information about heart disease and the stresses it can bring to everyday life.

  • Visit the cafe on the first level of the heart center for a light snack or to take a break. The Roasterie Café serves coffee and other beverages, fresh pastries, hot and cold lunch items, and other treats. Our full-service cafeteria is located on the ground level in the main hospital.

  • Visitors can attend presentations on various aspects of heart health by members of our heart care team.

  • This unique educational resource was made possible by a financial gift from Shirley White and her children, Jerry White, Linda White and Sandi Fried. The center honors their late husband and father, Lewis White, who received heart care at The University of Kansas Health System. Ongoing fundraising activities help support the White Heart Learning and Resource Center. For more information about these activities or to make a contribution, call 913-588-1227.

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