AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission
7315 Frontage Road Suite 221
Shawnee Mission KS 66204
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Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 676-2055
Fax 913- 676-7748
Mission Statement
The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center inspires philanthropy that transforms the lives of our patients, our donors and the our community through the healing mission of Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Louis J. Gehring CFRE
Board Chair Dr. John D. Robinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Physician
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Volunteer Opportunities
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Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center inspires philanthropy that transforms the lives of our patients, our donors and the our community through the healing mission of Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
Background Statement
 The history of philanthropy at Shawnee Mission Medical Center began even before the Medical Center was built. The J.C. Nichols Company made a commitment to give 15 acres of land where a community hospital could be built at the intersection of 75th Street and the future I-35 highway. In 1956 members of local Seventh-day Adventist churches formed a not-for-profit corporation which was the precursor of Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Two years later the Johnson County Medical Society endorsed a plan to build the hospital, and a community campaign was launched to raise funds. Ground was broken in 1961 and the Medical Center opened its doors on May 14, 1962. Paul T. Jackson was the first president of Shawnee Mission Medical Center and Donald J. Smith, M.D. became the first president of the Medical Staff. The Shawnee Mission Medical Center Foundation was chartered on March 8, 1978 as a separate organization supporting the Medical Center.
Today, Shawnee Mission Medical Center serves a diverse population of families from throughout the greater Kansas City area.  We remain one of the few hospitals in Missouri or Kansas that provide inpatient mental health and addiction recovery services.  We also offer one of the most comprehensive schedules of free and low-cost community health and wellness classes in the Kansas City area.
Impact Statement
SMMC is a faith-based community service hospital dedicated to providing Much more than medicine. Our commitment to improving the health of patients’ bodies, minds and spirits has been the cornerstone of our success over the past 54 years.

Philanthropy makes it possible for SMMC to

  1. Provide holistic therapies and early education to children ages birth to six with special needs at the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, regardless of a family's ability to pay for services.
  2. Deliver more than 5,000 babies each year in a modern, state-of-the-art Birth Center - more than any other hospital in the Kansas City area.
  3. Provide more than 50 percent of the indigent care among hospitals in Johnson County, Kansas.
  4. Be a national and regional leader in robotic surgery through the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics, performing more than 1,300 procedures annually. 
  5. Be the only hospital in Kansas City to receive four consecutive 5-Star Ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services - an accomplishment that places us in the top 2% of hospitals nationwide.
  6. Host Camp Bluebird, an adult camp that brings hope and comfort to 50-100 Kansas City area cancer patients each year.

Needs Statement
Gifts of all size, from $1 to $1,000,000, can support our hospital's most pressing needs, including: 
  1. The construction of the B.E. Smith Family Center, which will provide a new home for SMMC's children's programs, including the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center and the Early Learning Center.
  2. Family scholarships for infants, toddlers and preschoolers needing comprehensive therapies at The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center. 
  3. Indigent Medical Care for the growing number of working-poor families who come to Shawnee Mission Medical Center for compassionate, expert care.
Service Categories
Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Surgical Specialities
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Gifts to the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center play a vital role in SMMC's ability to offer quality programs and services that meet the health care needs of our community. Our Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center is one of few programs in the nation to offer holistic therapies and early education to children ages birth to six who are born with a variety of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and spina bifida. Through the Living in Vitality Conference (formerly known as Speaking of Women's Health), we encourage and enable thousands of area women to improve their health through a highly interactive and educational forum. Through the generous support of our community, we have successfully implemented advancements in medical technology and grown our facilities to meet the needs of the growing number of people who come to us for care.

Gifts from our community helped the Foundation raise more than $15 million to significantly expand our Critical Care services, including our Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Surgery and Cardiac units. This success prompted our Board to extend the campaign to $30 million to expand our Women's and Children's services, including maternity, the neonatal ICU and outpatient services for women of all ages. Most recently, the Foundation raised $11 million to renovate the first floor of SMMC's original patient tower, which includes a state-of-the-art medical simulation center, a new conference center, a greatly expanded cafeteria, a new physicians center and medical staff office, and a new and expanded Central Processing Unit (where surgical instruments are cleaned and sterilized). Currently, we are in the midst of a $20 million philanthropic campaign to construct the B.E. Smith Family Center, which will provide a new home for the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center and SMMC's Early Learning Center.
Our challenge is to continue this success while maintaining our commitment to provide high-quality, compassionate health care. We have met the demand as evidenced by our successes; however, we must continue to be creative in formulating innovative approaches to care while maintaining financial stability in an ever-changing health care environment.
The B.E. Smith Family Center will provide a new home for the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, which provides holistic therapies and early education to children ages birth to six with a variety of special needs. It will also house the Shawnee Mission Health (SMH) Early Learning Center, which provides care and early education to children of SMH associates and physicians. This new, 63,000 square-foot facility will be built on the SMMC campus at I-35 and 75th Street, replacing the 1950s-era buildings where the programs are currently housed. The Center will enable the programs to expand and enhance their therapeutic and educational offerings and promote understanding and inclusion of children with special needs.
Program Budget $24,000,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Each year, more families come to the Britain IDC seeking help than the Center is able to accommodate. Today, there is an urgent need to expand services for children with autism spectrum disorder, feeding therapy services and aquatic therapy services to accommodate the growing health care needs of our community. Space is not available in the current facility, and renovations to the existing building would be costly and impractical.

The B.E. Smith Family Center will provide the Britain IDC with a larger physical space for these vital programs, allowing us to serve an increased number of children. In addition, the design of the new building will significantly improve accessibility for children and adults with mobility challenges and provide a more supportive environment for families. 
Long-Term Success

The B.E. Smith Family Center will provide a safe, welcoming environment for families of children with diverse abilities. By bringing together the Britain IDC and the Early Learning Center, we will create an inclusive environment where children with special needs and typically-developing children can learn and play side by side. These interactions benefit all children - typically developing "peer models" spark learning, engagement and curiosity in play, which benefits children with special needs. At the same time, these children learn understanding and acceptance.

The ultimate goal of both the Britain IDC and Early Learning Center is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and beyond. The B.E. Smith Family Center will create an inclusive learning community where all children are celebrated, better preparing children to enter school with the skills they need to grow and thrive to their full potential.
Program Success Monitored By

Program success at the Britain IDC and Early Learning Center is measured in several ways:

  1. Children's documented progress toward defined therapeutic and educational goals.
  2. Staff surveys and feedback.
  3. Parent satisfaction surveys and feedback.  
In addition, the success of the new B.E. Smith Family Center will be evidenced by the increased number of children it is able to accommodate.  
Examples of Program Success
Since it's inception, the Britain IDC has touched the lives of over 4,000 children with special needs, preparing them for the challenges of the future. Many of these children have gone on to graduate from high school and college, and now lead independent lives. 
The following quote comes from a former student, who is now an early special education teacher at an area school district: "Our referral to the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center changed our lives forever. For my family, it became an island to ground ourselves on as we began to navigate down a path we did not expect, choose or could have anticipated."
Similarly, the Early Learning Center has a proven track record of preparing children for success in kindergarten and beyond. In the words of a parent: "One of the things that we were most pleased with was the education our daughter received. It wasn’t just a day care, it was a structured environment where she learned, that really prepared her to go on to formal education.”
Description The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center (Britain IDC) is a year-round program for children ages birth to six who are born with developmental disabilities. The program offers parent-involved infant and toddler classes, preschool classes with typically developing peer models, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pediatric sensory integration therapy, aquatic therapy, music therapy and parental support for families. Gifts to the Foundation support family scholarships for many of the 200+ children served annually at the Britain Center. These scholarships allow families to attend and receive the full scope of needed services when they otherwise could not afford to do so. Because the cost of therapies can be as much as $4,000 per child per month, these scholarships are crucial to the well-being of the children and their families.
Program Budget $2,500,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Short-term success is measured for each child, based on his or her progress toward defined developmental and educational goals. Each child at the Britain IDC has an individualized therapy plan that is developed in collaboration with the child's physicians, parents and Britain IDC teachers and therapists. Therapy goals may include physical, self-care, speech, feeding, educational, social and other components. 
Long-Term Success The Britain Center staff strives to help each child grow to reach his or her full potential through customized individual therapies and by educating parents on ways to help their child's development at home. Therapists and teachers take a team approach in creating a program customized for each child and family. Generally speaking, the goal of the Britain IDC is to provide individualized therapy to each child which will enable him or her to participate (to the fullest extent possible given the child's unique challenges) in a public or private school curriculum upon leaving the Britain IDC.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success is measured by regular assessments of children, administered by teachers and therapists, based on the benchmarks and goals set in the child's individualized therapy plan. In addition, parental feedback is solicited through patient satisfaction surveys. The Britain IDC utilizes the Hawaii Early Learning Profile to create goals, tailor developmentally-appropriate interventions and measure the success of children. This measurement tool examines six skill categories, observed through play: cognitive, communication (expressive and receptive), gross motor, fine motor, social-emotional and adaptive/self-help (eating, dressing, etc.). 
Examples of Program Success Success for the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center is evidenced by the thousands of area children who have gone on to succeed in school and life, despite developmental challenges such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. Many of the Britain Center's oldest graduates, now adults, have completed college or technical school and are living full, productive lives. The key to the program's success is early, professional intervention that involves parents and other caregivers. This allows children to strive for physical and developmental milestones at home as well as at the Britain Center. Today, children who graduate from the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center are frequently integrated into traditional school settings and can achieve many of the same goals as their normally-developing peers.

Providing medical services to individuals without medical insurance or with difficult financial circumstances is central to SMMC’s mission as a faith-based community hospital. 

From January through December 2016, SMMC provided $41,614,063 in Charity Care to the underprivileged. These figures are based on cost, not gross charges, and do not include bad debt write-offs.  
Throughout 2016, SMMC's Charity Care assistance benefitted 2,176 patients (representing 8.4% of the 25,648 inpatients admitted to SMMC in 2016). These individuals in our community received medical services, some of which were life-saving, for which they could not afford, but for the Indigent Care program. SMMC is proud to be a hospital that cares for the medical needs of our community members regardless, in many instances, of the patients ability to pay for their care.  
Program Budget $44,000,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Patient & Family Support
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

Funds are set up to underwrite indigent care for specific services. For example:

*Tess’ Touch supports new mothers who lack resources to provide supplies, equipment and materials for effective care of their newborn child.

*Camp Bluebird supports adult cancer patients to attend a three-day therapeutic camp.

*The Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center Scholarship Fund supports scholarships for children with special needs to attend the Britain Center, whose families could not otherwise afford the cost of the care.

*The Virginia Stowers Breast Cancer Fund provides mammograms to low-income women who otherwise could not afford the cost of this care.

Long-Term Success

In 2013, SMMC launched an initiative to connect one-third of Emergency Department case-managed frequent users who lack a primary care provider with non-ER based physicians who can handle these patients everyday medical care. The goal of this initiative, known as the Bridge Community Care program, is to eliminate or reduce the inappropriate use of costly Emergency Department services. Specifically, this program targeted individuals who visited the ED 12 or more times in a 12 month period. 77.3% of these individuals were identified as being Medicaid, Medicare or self-pay patients 

By 2017, the number of frequent-visit ED patients had dropped from 2,230 annually to 1,225 (a 45% reduction), and the hospital's indigent care expenditures on this patient population decreased by 43% (from $1,682,198 annually to $727,301). The Bridge Community Care program provides ongoing instruction to this patient population  in whole person care management, thereby reducing the number of ED visits annually.
Program Success Monitored By
SMMC considers the Indigent Care program to be successful when patients who otherwise cannot afford the cost of their medical care receive that care as needed. The "success" of this program is therefore monitored at a micro level by the patients' physicians and nurses, and at a macro level by SMMC's patient billing and finance departments, working in tandem to assure that charges are not billed to patients given their particular circumstances.
Examples of Program Success

In 2015, SMMS provide Charity Care to the community in the amount of $23,153,033. In 2016, that amount had increased to $41,614,063, representing an increase of more than 79 percent. SMMC’s remains committed to the health of all our community members, and particularly those who, for whatever reasons, cannot afford the cost of that care.


Thanks to a generous gift from Dick and Barbara Shull in 2002, SMMC was the first hospital in a five-state area to begin using the da Vinci®Surgical System. The da Vinci®is used for a variety of procedures at SMMC, including prostate, kidney, gynecology and general surgery.                 

Surgeons operate the da Vinci®from a console that controls a surgical arm. The magnification of the camera is 10 times higher than what can be seen by the human eye, in high definition, and with 3-D technology. This allows extremely precise dissection and even suturing, also not possible with normal laparoscopic procedures.

SMMC now utilizes three da Vinci surgical robots, and is studying the acquisition of another unit to accommodate the volume of patients needing surgeries requiring the precision of this technology.

Program Budget $2,709,015.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Inpatient/Hospital Care
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The surgical robot uses a minimally invasive technique, which entails smaller incisions and less tissue damage than traditional surgery. Surgeons are able to perform major surgeries through dime-sized incisions, which require only one or two stitches. As a result, patients are evaluated individually at two weeks rather than six weeks for resumption of normal activity. There is significantly less blood loss per patient per surgery with robotic procedures - an average of 50cc v. 750 cc for open surgeries. Patients remain in the hospital for much shorter stays following robotic surgeries - an average of 2.8 days v. an average of 5.5 days for open surgeries. In 2016, only 5 patients were returned to the OR following a robotic surgery out of 546 robotic surgeries, representing less than 1% of the cases. Robotic surgery, with smaller incisions, less blood loss, less painful recoveries and shorter post-op hospital stays, is clearly advantageous to surgical patients. 

Long-Term Success
The long term success of the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics can be measured by the number of patients that receive care in this unit. For example, in 2006 SMMC performed 62 robotic surgeries - approximately one every third day. In 2016, by contrast, 546 robotic procedures were performed, averaging more than one robotic surgery every day of the year. The Institute's long-term success can also be measure in the number and variety of surgeons performing these procedures at SMMC. In 2008, eight SMMC surgeons were trained and practicing at the Institute, whereas in 2017 this number had jumped to 25 surgeons. The surgical specialties have also increased, as the Shull Institute currently has the following specialties:  urologists, gynecologists, general surgeons, colorectal surgeons, urological gynecology and gynecological oncologists. One of the physicians is a urogynecologist specializing in pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence and pelvic order prolapse. 
Program Success Monitored By
Amy Williams, RN, is the Administrative Director of Surgical Services, and oversees the Operation of the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics. Penny Bedell, RN, BSN is the Institute's Robotic Coordinator. Bedell makes post-operative rounds on robotics patients, maintains measures to track surgical outcomes, and tracks robotic surgical volumes by surgeon and specialty.
Examples of Program Success
In 2013,  the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics performed its 1,000th robotic surgical procedure. This volume is staggering given that at the end of 2006, only 62 surgeries had been performed. This rate of growth indicates that patients see significant advantages to having surgeroes performed robotically rather than by the traditional open method. A similar increase in the number of surgeons practicing at the Institute - 8 surgeons in 2011 to 25 surgeons in 2015 - evidences the increased trust and comfort surgeons have with the Institute. Early in 2017, one of the hospital's gynecological oncologists performed the 4,000th robotic surgery at SMMC! Clearly, patients and surgeons see the advantages of robotic surgeries at the Shull Institute for Surgical Robotics, and the medical benefits of this state-of-the-art technology will only increase in the coming years.
Description In 2014, through a generous gift from a longtime Foundation donor, a Medical Missions Endowment was created at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. This endowment will allow physicians, nurses and other health professionals to travel to countries around the globe to deliver medical and surgical services to people in these countries where the current medical services and/or technologies cannot meet these medical needs. Although medical missions have been conducted in past years and attended by SMMC physicians, the new endowment will allow more efficient service delivery and will enable the participating physicians and nurses to provide need health care to more people in these countries. The first medical missions under the new endowment were be conducted in Peru in September 2016: a surgical mission to Iquitos and a family practice / community medicine mission to Pucallpa. Both of these medical missions will be repeated in September 2017.
Program Budget $50,000.00
Category Health Care, General/Other International Public Health/International Health
Population Served International
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The short term success of the Medical Mission program will be evident shortly after the conclusion of the two Peruvian missions to be held in September 2016 and 2017. Based on the experience of prior mission trips attended by SMMC physicians and nurses, the lives of the surgical patients in particular will be immediately changed for the better (although full recovery from these complicated surgeries may take many months). For example, many of the children who will be operated on in the medical missions to Iquitos, Peru will be burn patients. The plastic surgeon who will participate in this mission will literally give these children the use again of their hands, arms and legs through surgeries which separate previously fused parts of their bodies. These surgeries - which will changes the lives of these children forever - cannot otherwise be conducted by local in-country physicians due to lack of resources.
Long-Term Success The long term success of the Medical Mission program cannot yet be ascertained, as the endowment was only created in 2014. However, the medical needs of the local populations in the countries identified in this program are very extensive, and the program expects in the upcoming years to report on hundreds of locals - many of them children - and how their lives were changed through this program. The first two medical mission trips were conducted in September 2016 - a surgical mission to Iquitos, Peru and a community health mission to Pucallpa, Peru. Nearly identical medical missions will be conducted in the same two Peruvian cities in September 2017.
Program Success Monitored By The Medical Mission program is overseen by a committee managed by the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Committee members include family members of the donor establishing the endowment, physicians, nurses and hospital administrators.
Examples of Program Success The first medical missions under the new endowment were conducted in Iquitos and Pucallpa, Peru in September 2016. The trip to Iquitos was a surgical mission, with the two plastic surgeons on this mission performing 32 surgeries over the course of a week. The Pucallpa trip targeted the general health needs of that community. In the course of a week, 1,400 patients were treated for a variety of ailments by the mission's three physicians from SMMC, one nurse practitioner, one physicians assistant and a local Peruvian physician. Because the mission lasted only one week, there was not time for the SMMC team to provide adequate follow-up to the patients who had been treated. In September 2017 there will be repeat missions to the same Peruvian cities. Plans are also underway to develop a detailed medical follow-up system so that patients can be monitored and receive medical care in between the annual mission trips.
CEO Comments
The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center plays a vital role in SMMC's quest to provide exceptional health care for our community. Throughout our history, philanthropic gifts have equipped the hospital with state-of-the-art technology, helped us to build warm and comfortable healing facilities, established programs that meet the spiritual and physical needs of our patients and ensured that countless individuals receive the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay. 
Thanks to the generous support of our community, we have been able to touch the lives of thousands of children and families through the work of the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center. We understand the overwhelming challenges that families face as they begin their journey with a child with special needs. Thanks to our donors, we are able to offer them a place of hope and healing, and equip both children and parents with the skills and resources they need for a successful future. Today, we have asked our community to join us in building a new home for this vital program, allowing it to serve even more children and families in a modern environment intentionally designed to accommodate and welcome people of all ability levels. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Louis J. Gehring CFRE
Term Start Jan 1995
Experience Lou Gehring, CFRE is Senior Executive Director at the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1995, he served as Director of Constituent Relations and Annual Programs at Rockhurst University and Alumni Director at Saint Mary College. Lou holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and undergraduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Lou joined the board of directors of the Mid America Chapter of AFP in 1994 and served as President in 1999. Nationally, he currently serves on the AFP Professional Advancement Curriculum Committee and was chair of the Professional Advancement sub committee of the Strategic Planning Oversight Committee from 1999 to 2000. Lou is also active in Rotary International and served as President of the Lenexa club from 1999 to 2000 and recently served on the board of directors of Lakeview Village. He also served on the Job Analysis Task Force for CFRE International. This international Task Force has the mission of reconstituting the CFRE certification exam for the US, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Lou was chair of the 2004 PSI national conference on philanthropy. In 2009, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mid America Chapter named Lou its Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.
Former CEOs
William W GroszJan 1991 - Jan 2002
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography Prior to joining the Foundation in 2003, he served as Director of Development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid America Chapter; the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance, and the national office of Camp Fire Boys and Girls. He has also served as Vice President for Grants for Presbyterian Childrens Services. Paul holds Bachelors degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Kansas, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. He practiced law in Kansas City for more than eight years prior to beginning his fundraising career. Paul served on the board of directors of the Mid America Chapter of AFP 2000 to 2002, and served as chair of the chapters Certification Committee from 2000-2004.
Paid Full-Time Staff 6
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 120
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 7
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Male 2
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Shawnee Mission Medical Center collaborates with the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County by providing funding and staff to support health care for Johnson County's low-income residents. The hospital also partners with SAFEHOME, an area domestic violence shelter, by serving as an entry point for women and families seeking refuge from abusive relationships.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Hospital Accreditation2015
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Home Care Accreditation2015
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation2015
100 Hospitals with Great Heart ProgramsBecker's Hospital Review2016
Five Star Quality Rating (SMMC is the only hospital in the Kansas City area to receive five stars)Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services2016
"A" grade for Patient SafetyThe Leapfrog Group2016
Baby-Friendly Hospital DesignationEMPower Initiative2016
Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac CareBlue Cross and Blue Shield2016
Blue Distinction+ Center for Bariatric Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement, Maternity Care and Spine SurgeryBlue Cross and Blue Shield2016
Center of Distinction for Wound Care ServicesHealogics2016
Great Workplace AwardGallup2016
Get with the Guidlines Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement AwardAmerican Heart Association / American College of Cardiology Foundation2015
SMMC Home Health Care named in the Top 500 of Home Health Care Services nationwideOCS Home Health Care Elite2015
PATH Excellence in Patient Service AwardUnitedHealthCare2015
Gold Seal of Approval - Inpatient Diabetes CareJoint Commission2014
Behavioral Health Platinum DesignationOptum2014
Bariatric Centers of ExcellenceOptum2014
Leadership in Quality AwardKansas Healthcare Collaborative2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments The Foundation staff and board have completed the "A Mission of Healing: The Campaign for Shawnee Mission Medical Center"  campaign by raising more than $30 million in philanthropic support for hospital programs and services, including the Critical Care Services Expansion and a new Birth Center. An $11 million capital campaign to renovate the hospital's 1975-era Patient Care Tower has also recently been successfully completed. The Foundation has recently embarked on a $20 million capital campaign to build a new state-of-the-art facility for the hospital's Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center and the Early Learning Center, to be known as the B.E. Smith Family Center.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. John Robinson
Company Affiliation Retired Physician
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Ken BaconPresident and CEO, Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Mr. Richard L. BondMidwest Trust
Dr. Stephen K. Bubb M.D.Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mr. James G. Butler Jr.Wallace Saunders Austin Brown & Enochs
Mr. Charles J. Carlsen Ed.D.Community Volunteer
Mr. Martin W. Cole Jr.Premier Bank
Ms. Jennifer CrableCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Kent E. CrippinDevelopment Research Corporation
Mrs. Barbara Y. CusickCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Harriet D. DarlingCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Kevin EnsmingerBKD
Mr. Todd E. GafneyCommerce Bank
Mr. Louis J. Gehring CFRESenior Executive Director, The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Mr. Mark S. GilmanGill Studios
Mr. Greg HighbargerACI/Boland, Inc.
Mr. James D. HollandThe Holland Corporation
Dr. Robert V. Jackson M.D.Retired Physician
Mrs. Julie I. KellyCommunity Volunteer
Mr. David A. LindstromJohnson County Commissioner
Mrs. Laura L. McConwellMayor of Mission, Kansas
Mr. Richard E. McEachenCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Barbara A. McGrath M.D.
Mr. Jason M. MeschkeEFL Associates
Dr. Carl V. Migliazzo M.D.Retired Physician
Mr. David W. Newcomer IVCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Terri L OlsenCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Lyle D. PishnyLathrop and Gage
Dr. Leah D. Ridgway M.D.Physician, Womens' Health Associates PA
Mrs. Twyla J. RistReece & Nichols
Dr. John D. Robinson M.D.Midwest Anesthesia
Mr. Timothy R. RodgersWachovia Securities
Mrs. Diane M. RuggieroChief Executive Officer, KCRAR & HMLS
Ms. Kathy SaundersMainstreet Credit Union
Mr. Richard G. ShullShawnee Mission Ford
Dr. Joseph M. Sopcich
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 34
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 24
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 94%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 14%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments After successfully raising more than $41 million for construction, programs and endowment supporting the Medical Center's new Critical Care Services Tower, a new Birth Center, and a major renovation of the hospital's first floor, Foundation is now conducting a $20 million campaign to support the construction of the B.E. Smith Family Center. This building will house the hospital's Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, which provides therapies for young children with developmental challenges, and the hospital's Early Learning Center. The Foundation's board of directors will be invaluable to the Foundation staff with identifying and cultivating select prospective campaign donors, as well as providing strategic and tactical oversight to the campaign.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Endowment Value $6,561,351
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2016, 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$857,739$426,067$384,425
Membership Dues$0--$0
Special Events$1,059,323$885,839$587,362
Revenue In-Kind$139,114$93,557$3,498
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$4,887,245$3,111,437$685,999
Administration Expense$243,081$263,955$303,793
Fundraising Expense$106,871$106,100$101,761
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.453.464.47
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%89%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$28,921,717$25,772,865$16,813,509
Current Assets$17,722,376$14,987,473$7,472,627
Long-Term Liabilities$663,155$638,736$573,731
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$28,258,562$25,134,129$16,239,778
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The current campaign will construct a new state-of-the-art facility for the hospital's Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, which provides therapies to young children with developmental challenges, and its Early Learning Center. The new facility will be known as the B.E. Smith Family Center.
Goal $20,000,000.00
Dates Jan 2016 to June 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments The finance committee of the Foundation board has played a key role in exercising fiduciary responsibility over the 70+ funds of the Foundation. Investment managers are reviewed on a quarterly basis (presentation to the whole committee) and progress reports are presented to the Executive Committee. Investment guidelines are reviewed and approved annually or as needed.
Other Documents
Beghavioral Health Services Case Statement2011View
Birth Center Case Statement2011View
Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center Case Statement2011View
Heart and Vascular Center Case Statement2011View
Indigent and Charity Care2011View
Organization Name AdventHealth Foundation Shawnee Mission
Address 7315 Frontage Road Suite 221
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
Primary Phone (913) 676-2055
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Louis J. Gehring CFRE
Board Chair Dr. John D. Robinson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Physician
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
The Foundation for Shawnee Mission Medical Center