During an event recently held at The Gardens at Hedrick Medical Center, Steve Schieber, CEO of Saint Luke’s Critical Access Region, announced support for the Transforming Lives, Empowering People major gifts campaign with a check presented to North Central Missouri College President Dr. Lenny Klaver.  The Transforming Lives Garden Social hosted by Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital brought medical professionals, community members, and NCMC representatives together to learn more about the campaign and highlight the importance of the working relationship between the institutions.

Schieber welcomed friends and expressed the significance of NCMC not only to the hospital but to the region. “North Central Missouri College is vital to our region, and that is especially true for both Hedrick and Wright Memorial,” said Schieber. “A large percentage of our nursing staff, as well as several other employees at our two hospitals, graduated from NCMC. We have a great partnership, and we only hope to grow that partnership in the years to come. We’re honored to be a part of their new campaign and wish them much success throughout this endeavor.”

Saint Luke’s Health System includes 14 hospitals and campuses across the Kansas City region, home care and hospice, behavioral health care, dozens of physician practices, a life care senior living community, and more. Saint Luke’s Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit, aligned health system committed to the highest levels of excellence in providing health care and health-related services in a caring environment. Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital comprise Saint Luke’s Critical Access Region on the Missouri side. Two other Critical Access hospitals reside in eastern rural Kansas. Combined, Hedrick and Wright Memorial employ over 500 staff, including 146 employees who have graduated from NCMC.

Dr. Klaver shared about the campaign initiatives and the partnership that has grown stronger over the years.  “Hedrick Medical Center, Wright Memorial Hospital, and Saint Luke’s Health System have been key partners with NCMC for many years. Our Nursing and Allied Health programs have been and continue to be a major supplier of the workforce for both providers in the nucleus of our service region”, Commented Klaver. “The generosity demonstrated by their collective financial and professional commitments to the college is nothing short of outstanding. It is simply a ‘win-win’ relationship of which we are happy and honored to be a part.”

The NCMC Foundation’s “Transforming Lives, Empowering People” is a $9.9 million campaign to invest in academic, student, campus, community, and regional success. In accomplishing North Central Missouri College’s vision, this campaign focuses on three major initiatives:

  • Merging leased satellite locations into a new campus located in Savannah that will expand career & technology, nursing, and allied health programs. Needed is over $2.5 million to complete the campus, plus $250,000 for technology and equipment.
  • Adding scholarships in support of first-generation students with a goal of $100,000. In addition, $100,000 in mid-career student scholarships and $200,000 in health care scholarships.
  • Finally, $6.5 million to create a student center on the Trenton campus, including $250,000 for technology and equipment.

Information on how to be involved in the Transforming Lives, Empower People major gifts campaign can be found on the NCMC website at www.ncmissouri.edu/foundation/transforming-lives-empowering-people/.

The NCMC Foundation, a 501c (3) IRS-approved organization, works with North Central Missouri College to Transform Lives, Empower People. From new programs to the latest technologies to emergency assistance funds for students, gifts are able to broadly support students and College programs. Unrestricted gifts address the most pressing needs of the College, and investors understand that the institution will put those dollars where they are most needed. Those wishing to invest to help advance, assist, and support the growth of North Central Missouri College or learn more about the NCMC Foundation are encouraged to contact Alicia Endicott at 660-357-6403 or [email protected].

Photo: Steve Schieber, CEO Saint Luke’s Critical Access Region, and Dr. Lenny Klaver, President, of North Central Missouri College

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