Lee's Summit Medical Center
October 22, 2014

WHO: Lee’s Summit Medical Center

WHAT:  Girl Scouts Day at Lee’s Summit Medical Center

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

WHERE: Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 64063 

WHY:  Lee’s Summit Medical Center (LSMC)—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—will host its first-ever Girl Scout Day to help Scouts earn their First Aid badge.  More than 250 Girl Scouts from Service Unit 650 containing 38 area troops are expected to be on the LSMC campus, where employee experts at stations throughout the hospital will educate girls about different aspects of healthcare.  Stations include First Aid; the da Vinci Surgical Robot; Infection Prevention; and Sports Medicine, among others.  The Scouts will also have the opportunity to watch Life Flight Eagle land and tour the helicopter along with Lee’s Summit Fire and Ambulance.

“Collaborating with the Girl Scouts organization is part of Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to community partnership,” says Matt Sogard, FACHE and Chief Executive Officer of Lee’s Summit Medical Center.  “To provide hands-on healthcare education for these young girls—some of whom may choose a future healthcare career—is exciting, not only for them, but for our staff. As father to two young girls, the personal development that Girl Scouts provides is critical to empowering them.”

“Though women make up half the workforce, they only hold only 25 percent of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs,” says Joy Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer, Girls Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri. “Girl Scouts is committed to fueling the STEM pipeline by opening the door to hands-on activities and inspiring role models in STEM to girls. Lee’s Summit Medical Center is generously hosting a learning day that exemplifies our commitment to changing the STEM landscape. We are honored to work with a tremendous community partner like LSMC to help us open the door to incredible opportunities for girls.”

Angie Lucchi, Director of Physician Relations and Business Development at Lee’s Summit Medical Center, has led Troop 2045 since the fourth graders were in kindergarten and came up with the Girl Scout Day idea following a request to formulate ideas for the Scouts to earn their First Aid Badges. “This is an important part of what girls learn, including my daughter who is a member of the troop,” she says. “This comprehensive day at the hospital will help them learn more about how to take care of people around them, about 9-1-1 and prevent germs and stay safe. It’s an honor that Lee’s Summit Medical Center is providing this as a free community service.”

LSMC is a full-service, patient-family centered care provider, offering comprehensive healthcare through building partnerships with patients and families in order to best meet their needs—from outpatient and preventative services including colonoscopies, mammograms and calcium scoring scans—to surgical and treatment option for chronic health condition such as spine and joint pain.  Highly trained physicians use the da Vinci surgical robot to perform minimally invasive procedures such as hysterectomies, gall bladder removal and more.

For more information about Lee’s Summit Medical Center, visit leessummitmedicalcenter.com.