Health Sciences District Run Announces UMKC Health Sciences District as Presenting Sponsor for 2018

Health Sciences District RunCelebrating 45 years of history, HHR and UMKC continue to enhance and expand KC’s original running event

The Health Sciences District Run (HHR) announced today that the newly formed UMKC Health Sciences District will serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Health Sciences District Run scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 1 – 2. 

HHR has a long history with many of the healthcare providers and facilities that comprise the new UMKC Health Sciences District. Partnership in the city’s oldest running event is a natural extension of those existing relationships. Participants will benefit from this expanded relationship as health providers will be working with HHR over the coming months to provide training tips, health and wellness information, and more leading up to the event. And as in years past, medical volunteers from Truman Medical Center, Children’s Mercy, and UMKC School of Medicine will be on site for the weekend’s events to address any medical needs.

“The UMKC Health Sciences District includes a dozen health institutions along the Health Sciences District Run race routes,” said Margaret Gibson, the event’s Medical Director. Gibson, an assistant professor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, is a physician affiliated with Children’s Mercy and Truman Medical Centersand the team physician for UMKC Athletics. “Both district partners and the run also share a long history of promoting health and wellness in our community, so it’s a strong, natural partnership.” 

Health Sciences District Run

The UMKC Health Sciences District, formed in 2017, is a cooperative partnership of 12 neighboring health-care institutions on Health Sciences District: the University of Missouri-Kansas City and its School of Medicine,School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry; Truman Medical Centers; Children’s Mercy; Kansas City, Missouri Health Department; Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine; Jackson County Medical Examiner;Diastole Scholars’ Center; and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The district collaborates on research, grants, community outreach and shared wellness for employees, faculty, students, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Now in its 45th year, HHR has hosted world class runners, Olympians, and over 170,000 athletes of all levels from across the globe. This new partnership ensures that HHR will continue to enhance its legacy as one of the premier endurance events in the United States. “The athletes who brave HHR know that there is great pride- and some pretty serious bragging rights- that come with crossing this marathon’s finish line,” said Charlie Shields, President and CEO of Truman Medical Centers. “At Truman Medical Centers, we are proud to be Kansas City’s essential hospital. We go the distance for our patients. And so it’s fitting for us to be part of this great tradition.”

“The Health Sciences District Run was founded by Dr. E. Grey Dimond, founder of the UMKC School of Medicine to promote health and fitness in Kansas City,” said Beth Salinger, Race Director of Health Sciences District Run.  “This exciting partnership with the UMKC Health Sciences District will continue his vision of bringing health and wellness to the Kansas City Region.”

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About Health Sciences District Run

The Health Sciences District Run began in 1974 with 99 athletes paying a $1 registration fee to run a 6.8-mile course at Crown Center. Today, it has evolved into a weekend event that hosts thousands of athletes over two days and three different event distances. The 2018 event will be the 45th annual race and includes three distances: a 5K on Friday night, followed by a 7.7-mile and a half marathon on Saturday morning. Those who wish to challenge themselves further can compete in both the 5K on Friday night and either the 7.7-mile or half marathon on Saturday, called the Health Sciences District Run Re-RUN.  All events begin and end on Grand Boulevard directly in front of Crown Center.  A two-day health and fitness expo at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall, a Pasta Party, and two post-race parties open to all will round-out race weekend.  In 2017 The Health Sciences District Run Foundation made a $25,000 donation to the Kansas City Police Action League, the 2018 donation will be announced soon. 


About the UMKC Health Sciences District

The UMKC Health Sciences District is a cooperative partnership formed by 12 neighboring health care institutions on Health Sciences District: University of Missouri- Kansas City and its School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Pharmacy and School of Dentistry; Truman Medical Centers; Children’s Mercy; Kansas City, Missouri Health Department; Missouri Department of Mental Health Center for Behavioral Medicine;  Jackson County Medical Examiner; Diastole Scholars’ Center; and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City. The premier academic health district engages in cutting-edge biomedical research and entrepreneurship, delivering state-of-the science health care and educating the next generation of health care professionals.

Rare Identical Newborn Triplets  Born at Truman Medical Centers

Identical TripletsOne in a Million! 

From Good Morning America to the U.K’s Daily Mail to Nairobi News, the births of identical triplets is drawing international attention to Truman Medical Centers (TMC). 

Baby boys Abishai, Elkanah and Ron Choge were born at Truman Medical Centers (TMC) on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Dr. Emanuel Vlastos, the Medical Director of Fetal Therapy at Children’s Mercy delivered the triplets. Dr. Vlastos has said the odds of having naturally occurring, identical triplets are one in a million. The triplets’ parents, Caleb and Nicole Choge, have a unique story. Nicole is from Ottawa, Kansas. She met Caleb, who’s from Kenya, while he was in the United States, studying to become a pilot. The couple married and decided to call Kenya home. They are parents to a darling two-year-old Corban.

When doctors in Kenya discovered Nicole was carrying multiples, the family headed back to Kansas City. Nicole credits divine intervention for connecting her with Dr. Vlastos at Children’s Mercy. Since Nicole was passionate about avoiding a cesarean section, the birth was scheduled at TMC. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit teams were lined up and ready to care for the babies, who were born at just 34 weeks.

It may seem odd that a mother start her care at one medical center and deliver at another, but because of the unique partnership in the UMKC Health Science District, this kind of cooperation happens frequently. Children’s Mercy doctors from its Fetal Health Center and neonatology team staff TMC’s NICU. Through this collaboration, the two hospitals’ teams of experts train for extraordinary circumstances every day, and families know we’re ready for anything.

Dr. Joshua Petrikin, a neonatologist at Children’s Mercy and the Medical Director of Truman Medical Center’s NICU, says the babies born that early can face significant health challenges, but noted that the Choge triplets didn’t seem to notice that were born early.

The triplets were able to go home after a two week NICU stay.

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Ingram's Magazine Announces Top Kansas City Doctors

Thomas McCormack, Truman Medical Centers

Sometimes, validation that your work makes a real difference is as close as your mailbox. For Thomas McCormack, an orthopedic surgeon based at Truman Medical-Center Lakewood, one example of that came with a letter that included a photo of senior citizens who had just met while waiting for their turns on a zip-line in Branson. Their small talk turned to knee-replacement surgery and the doctor who had done such a great job—and they quickly realized that McCormack had done each of their total knee replacements.
Not surprising; he’s performed hundreds of those and other surgeries. He specializes in gender-specific knee replacements, often for Baby Boomers. Given that there are 76.4 million of them in a prime joint-replacement age group, his long-term business prospects seem quite good.
This Kansas City native, raised with nine siblings, can tell you a thing or two about dental health, as well. In between two stints at Mizzou, he spent four years at UMKC’s School of Dentistry, where he earned his degree as a doctor of dental surgery. Sandwiched around that, he made dean’s list for three years while earning his bachelor’s in biochemistry at MU, then went back to Columbia after dental school, graduating cum laude from the medical program.
What brought him to orthopedics after positioning himself for a career in dental surgery? “Selfishly, I love to work with people who are injured or hurting, not necessarily sick,” McCormack says. “It is very satisfying to help my patients through their injuries and disability.  It is rewarding to help them to return to their normal activities and lifestyle, and to be a part of these successful outcomes.”
In the two decades since he started his professional practice, he says advances in the palliative side have been the most impressive changes in his field. “Pain control—analgesia, combined with mini-invasive techniques,” he said, “make for quick recoveries, less pain, and happy patients.”
His work, including a stretch of more than five years with a zero percent post-operative infection rate, is credited with helping TMC-Lakewood become the region’s first hospital to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for hip and knee replacement programs.

TMC and University Health Welcome Dr. Paul Reicherter

TMC and University Health (UH) welcome Dermatologist Paul D. Reicherter, M.D. to the staff at UH. Since 2002, Dr. Reicherter practiced in Roseburg, Oregon, in a multi-site private practice. He also served as a preceptor for numerous students from Oregon Health Sciences University.  In that time, he has treated the straight forward to the most complex patients. He has performed more than 10,000 Mohs Micrographic surgeries, interpreted more than 60,000 pathology slides and trained/supervised numerous Dermatology physician assistants.

“As a native of Kansas, it is a pleasure to be back in the Kansas City area and near family and friends and I am excited to teach students and to engage in medical research geared toward prevention and assessing disease etiology,” Dr. Reicherter said. “University Health provides my patients with a state-of-the-art environment of care with the latest in technology and equipment, allowing me to offer the best of patient centered care right in the heart of Downtown Kansas City.” 

Paul Reicherter, M.D., is board certified in dermatology and has more than 15 years of experience, with expertise in the latest dermatology and skin cancer treatments and techniques. He offers his patients individualized care and believes strongly in providing choices and options for patients. His expertise includes eczema, acne, psoriasis, skin rashes, Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and all other skin conditions.

Dr. Reicherter graduated, with honors, from Baker University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine receiving academic awards and being inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.   He then completed his residency in dermatology at Stanford University. While at Stanford University, he received training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the Kansas City Dermatological Society.

Dr. Reicherter is married and has six children. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, expand his medical knowledge through research and reading, play tennis, and is an avid organic gardener.  


WIC Income Guidelines for 2016-2017

WIC Program

If your family income does not exceed the following amounts for the size of your family, you could qualify for WIC:

April1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Missouri WIC Income Guidelines

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Each additional family member

Plus 7,696

Plus 642

Plus 148

Pregnant women are counted as two family members.  Income guidelines are based on 185% of poverty level.

To find out if you or your children are eligible for the WIC Program, call 816-404-4WIC for an appointment or visit www.tmcwic.orgto find a clinic nearest you.