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Research Medical Center Recognizes Four Medical, Community and Healthcare Leaders at Annual Community Dinner

Research Medical Center November 11, 2016

Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum and Nancy DeBasio

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—recently held its annual recognition of Distinguished Community Leaders.  The four leaders receiving awards for leadership and serving the community with distinction include Rev. Dr. Charles Briscoe, Pastor Emeritus of the Paseo Baptist Church; Dr. Sherman Cole M.D., Medical Director of Research Psychiatric STAR (Stress, Trauma, Addictions and Recovery) Program; Mark McHenry, Director of Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department; and Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, President and Dean of the Research College of Nursing.

Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum notes the four individuals selected to receive the 2016 Distinguished Community Leaders awards exemplify the grit, determination and creative thinking necessary to grow healthy communities. 

“Individually they have made significant accomplishments in their professional lives,” DeSouza-Van Blaricum says.  “Collectively they exhibit a passion for the progress of the city in addition to the high-quality and compassionate healthcare offered to residents. It’s a privilege to work with all of them to improve our community’s spiritual, emotional and physical well-being, which aligns with Research Medical Center’s mission to be committed to the care and improvement of human life.”

"Individually they have made significant accomplishments in their professional lives. Collectively they exhibit a passion for the progress of the city in addition to the high-quality and compassionate healthcare offered to residents."
Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum, CEO

Lifetime of Service Award: Rev. Dr. Charles Briscoe, Pastor Emeritus of the Paseo Baptist Church

A Kansas City native and gifted musician, Briscoe received a Bachelor of Divinity Degree and an Honorary Doctorate from the Missouri School of Religion at Columbia. Rev. Briscoe has been involved with community services most of his life, including Goodwill Industries, the Neighborhood Alliance, and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). From 1970 to 1974, he worked as President and Chairman on the Kansas City, Missouri School Board. Rev. Briscoe was senior pastor of the historic Paseo Baptist Church for 35 years. In 2002 while on a work and witness trip in South Africa, he, his wife Georgia Mae, and six other Paseo Baptist church members planted a church in Johannesburg. In 2004 Pastor Briscoe received the ‘City Father’ award from the National Center for Fathering for influence and leadership within the KCMO community.  During 2004 Briscoe also served as a co-chair of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association’s Heart of America Campaign.

Currently Briscoe serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army and as Secretary for the Carver International Missions Board; writes a weekly column for The Globe Magazine; is a board member and adjunct professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he teaches Homiletics and Pastoral

Care; and is an active member of the Silver Haired Legislators. Finally, Rev. Briscoe and his wife, Barbara, founded and run The Briscoe Foundation, which is committed to fervent prayer for the community, pastoral care, support and formation. He has spent his professional life building bridges of understanding between peoples and cultivating communal wholeness for the well-being and improvement of human life.

Medical Leader Award: Sherman Cole, M.D., Medical Director of Research Psychiatric STAR (Stress, Trauma, Addictions and Recovery) Program

Raised in rural Kansas, Cole completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, where he achieved Departmental Honors in Psychology and completed his MD. He served for more than six years in the US Army, during which time he received his residency training at the Presidio located in San Francisco. At the conclusion of his military duty, Cole was awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He has particular clinical interest in Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, which have been resistant to previous treatment. For decades he has worked through the American Psychiatric Association to deal with issues affecting mental health treatment within the greater Kansas City area. He treats patients in inpatient and outpatient settings for pharmaceutical management, psychotherapy, and evaluates/performs ECT. He pioneered the Stress, Trauma, Addictions, and Recovery (STAR) program at Research Psychiatric Center. The STAR Unit at Research Psychiatric Center provides a full spectrum of specialized care for active-duty men and women, veterans, reservists and their families from across

Community Leader Award: Mark McHenry, Director of Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department

McHenry earned his bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University in Park Administration in 1974. He received his master’s degree in public administration in 1989 from UMKC and has been a key staff member of Parks and Recreation since 1976, moving through the ranks of park district manager, superintendent of construction and development, superinten­dent of parks management, and beginning in 1988, deputy director. He has been project manager on such large projects as the new Zoo construction and the renovation of the Liberty Memorial. McHenry is currently the Director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks and Recreation Department, appointed in 2003, becoming the seventh director in the department’s 124-year history. With more than 40 years of experience in the Parks and Recreation profession serving in various capacities, McHenry has been a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association since 1984 and held the position of President in 2009. Currently, he chairs the Legislative Committee. McHenry worked diligently with the leadership of Research Medical Center to beautify and update the Mamie Hughes Bridge and has also worked to make Meyers Blvd. a welcoming space for the local community, patients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

Healthcare Leader Award: Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, President and Dean of the Research College of Nursing

DeBasio received her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Wagner College School of Nursing in Staten Island, NY, and earned a Master of Arts degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from New York University and her doctorate in edu­cational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. DeBasio, who has been with Research College of Nursing since 1988, began her career as assistant professor at Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY. She has served in a myriad of educator positions at Adelphi University, the University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hall University and Loyola University of Chicago. She served as associate dean for aca­demic affairs at Research College of Nursing from 1988-1992. In 1992, DeBasio accepted her current position as President and Dean of the College. She also acts as an academic liaison for HCA Midwest Health.

For more information about Research Medical Center, visit http://researchmedicalcenter.com.

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