Last September, Saint Luke’s Health System welcomed Dr. Melinda Estes as its new president and CEO. Dr. Estes was previously president and CEO of Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT and brings with her to Kansas City extensive experience leading hospital systems, a strong academic and research background, and the personal and professional experience of having been a physician herself, practicing neurology and neuropathology. Estes sits down with Nick Haines to talk about discovering Kansas City’s many assets, leading Saint Luke’s 11-hospital system, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City’s recent expansion, and the new state-of-the-art facility for St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. The new expansion and Mid America Heart Institute, designed with the patient in mind, celebrated its grand opening in mid-October and debuted such amenities as more comfortable patient rooms, a rooftop garden, a larger and improved dining area featuring menu items from popular Kansas City restaurants and electronic kiosks throughout the hospital that provide information and directions to visitors. Estes also discusses St. Luke’s long-standing connection with the Kansas City community and the need to provide high quality care in order to be successful.
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This time last year, Carl Schramm was pushed out the door as the head of Kansas City’s largest foundation, The Kauffman Foundation. Founded by former Royals owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Kauffman, the foundation is not just the city’s largest, it is one of the 40 biggest foundations in the country.
It’s mission is centered on entrepreneurship and education and for the better part of the last year its board has been looking for a new leader to move the foundation forward into the future. They announced just a few weeks ago that the future best lies in the hands of former DST CEO Tom McDonnell.
He’s with us on the Local Show along with the new Chair of the Board, Jan Kreamer, who many may remember formerly ran the Community Foundation.
We also share the trailer from the documentary Something Ventured which was sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation and will be aired immediately following The Local Show on Thursday, January 10 at 8pm.
This week marks Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City as designated by the Kauffman Foundation. While there are around 40 different events across the metro designed to appeal to future entrepreneurs, last Monday at the Kauffman Foundation, two dozen of the area’s top start up businesses pitched their ideas in front of an audience of potential financial partners, mentors, and just plain interested folks. KCPT had its cameras there along with videojournalist Justin Bond.
Almost a year after they made their first splashy announcement, Google began construction last week on its long-awaited ultrafast Internet service. While the company says they’re now laying fiber in KCK, they declined to say which neighborhoods they would be working in. When they arrive, the one gigabit-per-second Internet connections will offer steady downloads about 100 times faster than most Americans can get in their homes with existing broadband services. In just a moment, we’ll get an update on the project from Mike Burke and Ray Daniels who are leading the Mayors’ Bi-State Google Innovation Team. But first, we wanted to show you how the Kauffman Foundation is now envisioning what a Google future might mean for Kansas City.
Last Sunday marked the grand opening of the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Crown Center. Along with the recently opened SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND is one of the most anticipated new attractions in Kansas City. Step inside this wonderful world of colorful LEGO building bricks to experience the thrills and chills of 4D Cinema, learn LEGO building secrets from the Master Model Builder, see iconic Kansas City landmarks made completely out of LEGOS in MINILAND, and much more!
Where do you go to see Kansas City’s history? Corinthian Hall, the longtime home of the Kansas City Museum, has been shuttered since January 2008. The hundred year old mansion on Gladstone Boulevard in Kansas City’s historic Northeast neighborhood is in such disrepair it will take more than 20 million dollars to make it into a modern, functioning museum. Randy Mason welcomes Christopher Leitch, the Museum’s Director, to The Local Show to discuss the challenges of reviving this Kansas City landmark.
The Local Show is designed to highlight artists and entrepreneurs, leaders and overachievers from all walks of life – and in the process, help Kansas Citians discover substantially more about this place we call home.
“The Local Show is really going to allow us to tackle areas of the news that rarely get much television coverage in the metro. At KCPT, we tackle local politics and public policy well, but what about the arts and entrepreneurship, education, health and science? Finally, we have a place to regularly tell those stories.” Nick Haines, Executive Producer, The Local Show
Nick Haines is the show’s host and executive producer. Assisted by Randy Mason (and other guest interviewers from time to time), Nick will sit down for fast-paced chats with people who are making a genuine difference in fields as varied as education, health services, technology, and the arts.
The pilot episode, for example, features Kathleen Collins, retiring this year as president of the Kansas City Art Institute; and Bryan Hansel, whose company, Smith Electric, is manufacturing electric powered trucks right here in Kansas City. KCPT’s The Local Show will also spotlight “difference makers” in the community. In this first program, KCPT goes inside Operation Breakthrough, the nation’s largest low-income daycare facility. More than 600 kids a day are served at the facility on Troost Avenue. But with rising poverty, 1200 children are on the waiting list.
The Local Show will also feature segments showcasing items from the WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, and from time-to-time, some aptly named “Start-Up Stories.” These profiles will peek behind the scenes at fledgling ventures across the metro, and then with the aid of expert analysts, pinpoint the companies’ strengths and weaknesses.
KCPT President & CEO Kliff Kuehl conceived The Local Show after spending much of his first year on the job meeting business and civic leaders all over town. “I was amazed at how many fascinating stories I heard, and how much of it might not be known by a lot of our audience,” he says.
As The Local Show launches in July and August, each half-hour program will air once a month. Beginning in September, it will have a more frequent presence on KCPT, agile enough to accommodate special editions of Imagine KC and other newsworthy topics as the need arises.
It’s been a year now since the curtain opened on the much anticipated $415 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The downtown venue designed by Moshie Safdie has quickly garnered both national and international attention.
Many of the center’s shows have earned rave reviews and there have been countless sold out performances. But one year on, is it meeting expectations?
Joining us for a status report is arts leader and philanthropist Julia Irene Kauffman, who chair’s the center’s board, and Symphony Board President Shirley Helzberg.
Should you be required to live where you work? The Independence School District thinks so.
A new residency rule is shaking up their top staff. About 60 principals, assistant principals and other Independence School District administrators who live outside the district are now going to have to start house hunting.
A policy just passed by the school board forces administrators to live in the district by February 2015. The idea was insisted upon by superintendent Dr Jim Hinson. But why?
It is just one of the headline grabbing stories that has put Hinson in the news of late. He’s also seen himself on the Today Show and Good Morning America in the last several weeks as the district opts to enroll more than a dozen of its most obese students in a 28 thousand dollar a semester weight loss camp in South Carolina.
Dr. Hinson sat down with Nick Haines on The Local Show.