Research Medical Center
December 29, 2014

Jackie DeSouza, CEO

The employees of Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider—have a generous heart. The hospital gave more than 2,500 turkeys to all employees as a holiday gift; each had the option of donating their turkey to area food pantries and organizations that serve area families in need.  This year’s annual employee-driven event collected 408 turkeys for the cause, totaling more than 4,000 pounds or a whopping two tons of turkey, creating a new record.

Research Medical Center Food Services employees Roger Newton and Solomon Melesse created freezer space for the tons of turkeys. Chaplain Ben Hayden coordinated pickups with representatives from local organizations such as Harvesters, City Union Mission, The Salvation Army, Emmanuel Day Care and Family Emergency Service, Al-Inshirah Islamic Center, and the Memorial International Power Feast Food Pantry. 

“This holiday project demonstrates the commitment, generosity and compassion our employees have for the area Research Medical Center serves,” says Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza.  “We strive to treat our patients and their families with empathy each and every day, and I am touched by this employee-inspired outreach of kindness during a time of year when there are people in need.”

“Our annual turkey drive indeed exemplifies the spirit of the season that lives at Research Medical Center every day of the year,” says Hayden.  “Giving back to the community is part of our mission.”

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