Health Services District Formed

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Many of Kansas City’s leading health-care institutions are joining together to form the UMKC Health Sciences District. The newly created district combines the unique expertise and services of 10 partners to spur research and community outreach in service of the Kansas City region.

The district brings together health care partners in the Hospital Hill area. Working as one, they will create new potential for collaboration on research, grants, community outreach and shared wellness for employees, faculty, students and surrounding neighborhoods.

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“There are other health districts in other communities,” UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton said, “but this one will be truly be unique. It is the only such district in the country that brings all of these capabilities together in one place: a medical center, a children’s hospital, a university and its schools of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the local health department, a behavioral health center and the county medical examiner’s office.”

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr., said that it has been more than 40 years ago that city leaders had the forethought to dream of a school of medicine, a children’s hospital and an academic medical center on the same site as the new district.

“My predecessors, who led the Jackson County government were critical to that process, knowing the services provided here would be vital to Jackson County citizens,” he said.

“If the walls of these institutions could talk, including the schools of nursing, pharmacy and dentistry, the Medical Examiner and Health Department, along with the Center for Behavioral Medicine, they would tell a story of lives saved and lives made better thanks to the compassion and expertise of the driven dedicated professionals who have worked here and continue to work here today,” White said.

The district is about two miles in circumference and will be bound on the north by 20th Street, south by 25th; west by Oak Street and east by U.S. 71 South.

“Children’s Mercy is proud to be a part of this one-of-a-kind District, celebrating the collective spirit of innovation, research and discovery that drives our collaborative quest for answers, new treatments and cures,” said Randall L. O’Donnell, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Mercy. “And while today’s announcement focuses on the organizations within the boundaries of this district, the resulting impact of our work together will benefit every corner of our city and touch families throughout the region and the nation.”

The UMKC Health Sciences District includes:

  • The University of Missouri-Kansas City and its schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Studies, Pharmacy and Dentistry
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • Children’s Mercy
  • Kansas City, Missouri Health Department
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine
  • Jackson County Medical Examiner