Menorah Medical Center is preparing to celebrate a milestone of delivering extraordinary healthcare in Johnson County and the Kansas City area and invites the community to join the party. The premier healthcare facility, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—marks its 80th year of serving the community and puts out the welcome mat from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. The festivities, which will take place on Menorah’s campus, will feature free activities for kids, including a petting zoo provided by Deanna Rose Farmstead, tours of an ambulance, fire truck and helicopter, a concert by Dino O’Dell, bounce houses and face painting. Adults will have access to free health screenings, including a heart disease risk assessment, blood pressure, blood glucose, body mass index and bone density.
And because no birthday celebration is complete without cake and ice cream, Menorah will serve up complimentary Blue Bell ice cream and cupcakes from Cupcake A La Mode to attendees.
Menorah Medical Center opened its doors in 1931 at the original location on Rockhill Road—a sparkling 97,980-square-foot facility, modern for the era that cost nearly $1.3 million, and had 167 physicians on staff. In 1938, rates for receiving care at Menorah reflected the period’s economy: a deluxe room cost $7 per day, a regular private room was $5 and a flat rate of $5 covered all laboratory tests. Menorah relocated to Johnson County in the mid-1990s, opening its new Overland Park campus on Oct. 10, 1996. Today the hospital offers some of the most advanced technologies available in the area, in addition to experts in cancer, breast, heart and women’s care. Menorah is recognized as a leader in the market, and made an investment not only in the best resources but also in the community it serves when it moved to Johnson County in 1996.
Steven D. Wilkinson, president and chief operating officer of Menorah Medical Center, says the hospital and its employees strive to deliver the best possible care and patient experience. “Our commitment is to provide extraordinary care and an unmatched experience for all of our patients,” says Wilkinson. “Our dedication to quality and growth has been the cornerstone of our success since we first opened the doors in 1931. The resources we offer to the community ensures that Menorah can be trusted for excellent healthcare for generations to come.”
Today Menorah’s has 800 employees and more than 600 physicians. The campus is comprised of four buildings, including the full-service, 158-bed acute-care hospital, medical offices and a surgery center. The hospital has leading-edge technology, including the first CyberKnife in Kansas City, a world-class Sarcoma Institute, Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah and The Breast Center at Menorah that is fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Menorah is accredited by the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. In addition, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) accredits Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah Medical Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. Menorah also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the CoC, one of only 82 programs nationwide to receive this recognition, and the only hospital or cancer program in the state of Kansas. Menorah Urgent Care, located west of 69 Highway and 151st Street in Overland Park, is a physician-staffed full-service, walk-in healthcare center with a full medical team that offers on-the-spot treatment for everyday illness and injury to all ages.
“Menorah’s 80th birthday celebration is an opportunity for us to gather our Johnson County neighbors and friends together for an event that’s fun, while also providing important and beneficial health information,” says Wilkinson. “There will be great activities for family members of all ages, but our main purpose is to provide our neighbors with the education and information to help them achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles.”