Children´s mercy: redefining pediatric medicine

Everybody knows the Children´s Mercy hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. According to Yosef Meystel, these Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics are located in these two places: a state-of-the-art hospital located at 2401 Gillham Rd. in Kansas City, Mo. The hospital is licensed for 301 beds, and 14 short-stay beds; and Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas, a 53-bed hospital in suburban Overland Park, Kan. In addition, there are a lot of outpatient clinics and urgent care centers throughout the metropolitan areas and many other communities in Missouri and Kansas.

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They are the only free-standing children’s hospital between St. Louis and Denver that provides comprehensive care for patients from birth to 21. Children’s Mercy consistently is ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation.

The clinic focuses on 3 main areas to assist children:

Clinical Care

In this part, Children´s Mercy has more than 750 pediatric specialists and more than 40 pediatric specialties. They were the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas to receive the Magnet designation in 2003 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for superior nursing quality. Also, they received the same award in 2007 and in 2012

Education

The Children´s Mercy clinics focus on education and teaching by engaging in agreements with the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and using the University of Kansas Medical Center as their Principal teaching hospital. In fact, they receive more than 400 medical students each year that all have to go through this clinic in order to continue with their professional life and they receive Nursing students from dozens of schools in the Kansas City area in order to give them the proper training; all their doctors have to take part in yearly fellowship programs to be updated with the latest advances in medicine and technology.

Research

As for the research rubric in the clinic, they have more than 100 physician scientists, basic scientists, nurses, fellows and residents involved in research projects, representing millions of dollars in multi-year awards; they have the  largest ,Co-leading nephrology research project in North America and that is already delivering amazing results; they have more than 140 clinical trials on-going at any one time and they have the largest Clinical Pharmacology program in North American and one of 13 designated Pediatric Pharmacology Research Units studying the safety of new medications for use by children.

The clinic also established the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine in 2011 and it was the first of its kind to be entirely inside a children’s hospital with a focus on the diagnosis of inherited pediatric diseases. This center is one of the 10 leading institutions in the Kansas City Area , which also includes the University of Kansas, Midwest Research Institute, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Stowers Institute.     

Their story goes back to the year 1897 in Kansas City. It all happened when two compassionate sisters, Alice Berry Graham, a dentist, and Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson, a physician had the very good tradition of helping poor, sick children in the Kansas area. They heard a story from a saloonkeeper in the Kansas City Stockyards that had found out about the sisters’ reputation for helping poor, sick children and he told Dr. Graham of a woman he had seen in the streets trying to give away her crippled 5-year-old daughter.

Drs. Graham and Richardson found the girl abandoned, undernourished and poorly clothed. They arranged a bed for her at a small hospital on 15th and Cleveland in downtown Kansas City on June 24, 1897. The doctors established the Free Bed Fund Association and through painstaking care, they restored life to the orphaned child’s crippled legs. With surgery and therapy, she walked again.

And this act of humanity by these two sisters was what gave birth to this amazing children hospital.

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The hospital helps children through the community by giving the people a chance to help with their work. There are many ways people can help the clinic and the children: they can make a gift by donating certain amount of money, the gift can be once or as many times as the person wants; volunteers can help make every visit easy for families and visitors to the hospital  and people can volunteer to the hospitals to make a difference in the lives of Children’s Mercy’s patients and families by serving in programs such as senior volunteer, college student volunteer and high school student volunteer; people can also organize a fundraiser to Collect much needed items and generous donations from the community to make an even bigger difference for kids receiving care; and people can also help by participating in an Event that will benefit kids at Children’s Mercy and helps transform their lives.

Read this article to know more about really interesting philanthropy activities in Chicago and the Midwest

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