BTLLF Receives $75,000 Grant From Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City

Baptist Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation recently received a grant for $75,000 from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to provide emergency and crisis related medical services on a comprehensive scale to Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet (KCMC) clients.

The goal of Kansas City’s Medicine Cabinet (KCMC) is to improve the health of low-income and under-served individuals in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area by providing emergency or crisis related medical assistance.  With the support of the Health Care Foundation, the Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation will assist KCMC in providing direct client support for medically under-served individuals in this region.

KCMC utilizes a voucher system to provide emergency medical assistance to uninsured and under insured residents of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area who live within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Assistance is provided in five specific areas: dental emergencies, diabetic supplies, durable medical goods (including hearing aids), prescriptions, and vision care.

During the grant term, it is projected that KCMC will serve 3,100 individuals. Outcomes to be achieved: (1) Satisfy immediate emergency medical assistance needs for an estimated 3,100 low-income uninsured or under-insured individuals; (2) Ninety-five percent (95%) of clients will receive the assistance they requested within two weeks of receiving a voucher; (3) Provide short term emergency medical assistance related services for an acute situation or crisis, serving fewer than 10% of clients who have been served previously.

In 2002, Trinity Lutheran Hospital merged into Baptist Medical Center and created Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center, a Health Midwest hospital. Each hospital brought along their Foundation, when the two were merged. One year later, the Health Midwest system was sold to HCA, a for-profit health care system and the newly created Baptist-Lutheran Medical Center Foundation separated to become its own free-standing public charity with the new name of Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation in honor of the two hospitals.  Today, the Foundation stands independently – striving to continue its heritage of providing health care services and education to the Kansas City community in three areas: 1) Emergency Medical Assistance, 2) Health Education, and 3) Health Education to neighborhood schools.