Team HCA Midwest Health System was the number one fundraising team at the American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk Saturday, May 19th in Kansas City, Mo.  Additionally, more than 600 individuals joined HCA Midwest Health System’s walk team making it the second largest team to participate in this year’s event. 

HCA Midwest Health System has raised funds and participated in AHA’s Heart Walk for 10 consecutive years in Kansas City. HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in the Greater Kansas City area.  Since acquiring the facilities in April 2003, HCA Midwest Health System’s 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, physician clinics and ambulatory surgery centers have focused on providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare to the community with some of the most advanced technology, programs and services available.  Annually HCA Midwest Health System donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. 

“I enjoy getting out and doing something healthy with my family,” says Kevin Thellman, Lee’s Summit Medical Center employee. “It’s also been fun to see all the employee activity around fund-raising for the Heart Walk. We take this seriously and it’s all for a good cause.” 

HCA Midwest Health System has raised nearly $100,000 for AHA’s 2013 Heart Walk and employees are still working to raise pledges. Funds can be counted to this year’s walk through June 30, 2013.

Additionally, seven of the top 15 individual fundraisers are HCA Midwest Health System leaders. They include Overland Park Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Damond Boatwright; Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Kevin Hicks; Lee’s Summit Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza; Belton Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Offer Todd Krass; Menorah Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Wilkinson, FACHE; Research Medical Center Chief Operations Officer Matt Sogard; and Danielle Boguslaw, RN, Centerpoint Medical Center. 

Together, these leaders have raised $49,102 in contributions for the fight heart disease and stroke. 

“My HCA Midwest Health System colleagues and I have a great time competing to be the top fund raisers for the Heart Walk,” says DeSouza.  “We’ve done this for years because we know the dollars we raise go toward community education and medical research that helps save lives and prevent heart disease and stroke.” 

Midwest Heart Care, part of HCA Midwest Health System, is Kansas City’s leader in heart care.  Five hospitals in the provider network have accredited chest pain centers including Centerpoint Medical Center; Lee’s Summit Medical Center; Menorah Medical Center; Overland Park Regional Medical Center; and Research Medical Center. Regional connection hospitals, also part of HCA Midwest Health System, include Allen County Hospital; Belton Regional Medical Center; Cass Regional Medical Center; and Lafayette Regional Health Center.  Midwest Heart Care has more than 40 heart specialists.