FUNdraiser event benefits American Heart Association’s Heart & Stroke Walk

Centerpoint Medical Center — part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider — will host a superhero-themed FUNdraiser Take Your Child to Work Day on Tuesday, July 25.  More than 50 children ages 5-12 will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about careers in healthcare, with a focus on cardiology and pig heart dissection.

“We want kids to understand the role we have and its impact on the patient and the community’s health and well-being ,” said Centerpoint Medical Center CEO Bret Kolman. “Most importantly we want to help answer that age-old question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ by exposing kids to the behind-the-scenes of healthcare, hoping to inspire them as they develop a vision for their future careers.”

Hospital employees will share information about their profession in career fields like cardiovascular care, radiology, rehabilitation services, emergency/trauma care, and laboratory and operating room/surgical services. Various creative and educational interactive stations will be set up throughout the hospital where children will receive up close and personal healthcare education.

“This event is geared to inspire kids to think about a career in healthcare by taking a STEM-based approach with hands-on learning,” said Centerpoint Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Darryl Nelson, MD. “The cardiovascular interaction pig dissection learning activity promises to be one of the most popular.”

This year marks HCA Midwest Health’s 20th anniversary as a Kansas City health system. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, HCA Midwest Health kicked off a Week of Service yesterday for employees to engage in the communities they serve. The Week of Service includes nearly 300 colleagues who will be volunteering at 11 events, including Centerpoint Medical Center’s Take Your Child to Work Day, serving 10 different charitable organizations throughout the region.

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