United Way campaign update

October 18, 2012

Steven Stites
Steven Stites Acting Executive Vice Chancellor, Acting Dean, KU School of Medicine

A major mission of the University of Kansas Medical Center is to improve the health and quality of life for everyone living in our community. That is why our annual United Way workplace campaign is so important.

We support the United Way of Wyandotte County with our annual workplace campaign because United Way is one of our most valuable community partners. There are so many good reasons to become part of our Live United campaign for Wyandotte County. Your dollars will stay right here in our community. Your contribution will help children and youth reach their potential through better educational opportunities; provide financial stability and independence for families that are struggling; and improve the health and well-being of those who live here.

We are proud of KU Medical Center and University of Kansas Physician's history of being strong supporters and major contributors to the United Way of Wyandotte County. In these difficult economic times, our help is needed more than ever. Of the county's 155,000 residents, 21 percent are living at or below the poverty line.

We are also proud to be working with The University of Kansas Hospital on this year's Live United campaign. Bob Page, KU Hospital's president and CEO, and I recently got together to demonstrate our institutions' commitment to United Way. And we are already setting the stage for continued joint campaigns in the future. As close collaborators with a common health mission, it makes sense to combine the charitable giving spirits of both hospital and university employees.

All KU Medical Center, KU Hospital, and UKP employees are invited to the Home Stretch celebration activities in the hospital cafeteria Oct. 29-31. On those days, you can enjoy a special hot dog lunch for $3.99, with $1 going to our United Way campaign. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Sluggerrr, the Kansas City Royals mascot, will be on campus to pose for photos. Details can be found on our United Way page.

If you haven't contributed yet, I encourage you to give now. The deadline to make a donation has been extended to Oct. 31. To date we have raised $67,000 towards our goal of $85,000. With your help, I'm optimistic we can announce we have met that goal at the celebration events the last week of October. Thanks to all our employees for your support!

The switch from GroupWise to Exchange is just over two weeks away. This Friday, Oct. 19, at noon in room 1025 Orr-Major will be the last open forum session to explain how the transition from GroupWise to Exchange will work. If you can not make it, the presentation is online. Click on "Things you Need to Know about the Migration."
The Pediatric Student Interest group is sponsoring a book drive through Dec. 14, to collect books for Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit literacy organization that provides books to local safety net clinics. They are looking for gently used books aimed at children ages 1-5 (bilingual books are particularly needed). You can bring your books to the dropoff boxes at the SON Atrium, Rieke Auditorium, Wahl Hall East, the Office of Student Life, and the family medicine and pediatrics clinics in the Medical Office Building.
Registration is now open for the ninth annual American Indian Symposium. The symposium is a forum where American Indians can share their strategies, models and tools with individuals and organizations that provide health, mental health, education, and legal services within the Greater Kansas City area. The event is Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. You can register here.
KUMC's Department of Health Policy & Management is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. A display chronicling some of the department's major events and achievements of the past 30 years is on exhibit in the Murphy Hall lobby for the next two weeks.  Please stop by and take a look!
Last modified: Oct 23, 2012