Jan 20, 2016

Employees Participate in Score 1 For Health Community Service Day

Faculty and staff participated in KCU's fourth annual Score 1 for Health Employee Community Service Day on Jan. 15, assisting with health screenings alongside second-year medical students at five local elementary schools. The screenings included a physical assessment of dental health, vision, height, weight and blood pressure.

Score 1 for Health is both a service to the community and a learning tool to enhance educational experiences for KCU medical students. Last year, Score 1 conducted comprehensive health screenings for nearly 15,000 primary and secondary school children at 50 schools and community locations throughout the Kansas City area. Learn more about Score 1 for Health.


Jan 14, 2016

New Sculpture Adorns Academic Center

At our January board meeting, KCU unveiled a new sculpture by world-renowned local metal fabricator, A. Zahner Co. The piece, which was installed in conjunction with improvements to the exterior of the Academic Center, is located on the southwest wall facing the prominent intersection of The Paseo and Independence Avenue. Nearly 17 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the structure creates a unique icon for KCU's campus and reinforces the University's continued commitment as an anchor in Kansas City's Northeast neighborhood.

The sculpture is fabricated from stainless steel having a purple light-interference coating and distinctive brushed patterns. The three-dimensional artwork embodies the University's recent rebranding, which features the staff of Asclepius (the serpent-entwined rod associated with medicine and healing originating in Greek mythology) and laurel leaves (representing education and wisdom in academia). Additionally, fiber-optic lighting was designed and installed to create a distinct color-rendering effect in the evening hours.

Jan 12, 2016

Administration Building Ribbon-Cutting Kicks Off KCU Centennial

KCU held a ribbon-cutting Jan. 12 to inaugurate its newly renovated Administration Building. The ceremony, which also served as the kickoff event for KCU's 2016 Centennial celebration, was attended by KCU students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as key civic leaders, elected officials and members of the Kansas City community.

Originally home to the first Children's Mercy Hospital, The Administration Building has a rich history with the University. The 100-year-old facility was purchased in 1971 by the KCU Alumni Association and was gifted to KCU in 1975; it became the University's permanent address in 1979. Today, the building houses more than 70 members of KCU faculty and staff.

View photos from the event and learn more about the Administration Building and other events planned to commemorate KCU's
100th anniversary.  

Jan 8, 2016

KCU Honored As "Healthy KC" Company

Healthy KC, an initiative that aims to create a culture of health and wellness in Kansas City workplaces, honored KCU, along with other certified companies, at its recognition luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Healthy KC certification is based on four "pillars" of health, including nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and work/life integration. A company's level of certification (gold, silver, bronze or honorable mention) is based on its achievement across those pillars. KCU was awarded certification at the sliver level.

In partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Healthy KC promotes real solutions that help shape individual, organization and environmental health change.

Find out more about Healthy KC.

Dec 22, 2015

KCU and MSSU Partner to Provide Advanced Medical Acceptance Program

KCU and Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) announced the "It's Yours To Lose" (YTL) advanced medical acceptance program on Dec. 18, which will grant up to 25 MSSU students admission into the KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine each year following completion of MSSU curriculum.

In addition to fostering student success at both KCU and MSSU, this collaboration will help address access to medical care for Joplin and the surrounding rural communities by providing more high-quality primary care doctors for the region. (read more)

Dec 11, 2015

Dr. Jingsong Zhou Awarded Victor E. Speas Foundation Grant

KCU Research Investigator and Professor of Physiology, Jingsong Zhou, PhD, received a grant of $165,000 from the Victor E. Speas Foundation, which will fund continued research on muscle-bone crosstalk in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The study will focus on the impact certain organs can have on the progression of the disease.

The Speas Foundation exclusively awards grants to organizations that improve the quality of health care in the Kansas City area. Read more about Dr. Zhou's recent grant. Hear more about her journey to study ALS in the Kansas City Life Sciences Institute's Expert Exchange.

Dr. Anne VanGarsse Named CMO at the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County

The Health Partnership of Johnson County (HPC) has appointed KCU Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Anne VanGarsse, MD, as its chief medical officer (CMO).

HPC is a federally qualified health center that provides valuable medical, dental and behavioral health services for under- and uninsured patients in Johnson County. As CMO, Dr. VanGarsse will lead and manage all clinical services at HPC, as well as supervise the clinic's providers.

Read more about Dr. VanGarsse's recent appointment.