Dear friends,

If 2020 had a theme song, what would it be?

Here at Truman Medical Centers, we knew we’d need an anthem to carry us through these challenging times, and we chose the theme from Rocky. In the early days of the pandemic, we pledged to play that victorious anthem every time a Covid-19 patient walked out our doors.

We played it when Jessica went home with her baby girl. Nine months pregnant when she tested positive with the coronavirus, she trusted Truman to save both her life and the life of her daughter.

We played it when Mia walked back into the sunshine … but without the mother who had been admitted with her.

We played it as Makena told her nurses, through one of our heroic interpreters, “Asante – umeoka maisha yangu.” (Thank you – you saved my life.)

In fact, we have played the fist-pumping victory theme from Rocky some 662 times in the last 8 months. That’s nearly 20 times a week, 3 times a day that we hear cheers from our hallways and clinic offices.

Your year-end donation saves lives. It’s that simple.

While Truman has been at the forefront fighting the pandemic, we continue to fulfill our mission to take care of Kansas City, providing best-in-class primary care, chronic disease management, trauma care, addiction recovery, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, life-saving cancer care, community-based clinics, oral and dental health and much more.

  • In the past year alone, more than 377,221 people turned to Truman and its affiliated clinics for medical care.
  • We delivered nearly half of all babies born in KCMO – 3,482 birth days!
  • We are reaching out to adolescents and adults with behavioral health needs like never before. Now more than ever, our behavioral health team is working around the clock to save and improve lives. Get this – 173,018 visits to our behavioral health clinics during the past year.
  • We’re breaking ground on an all-new critical Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for our tiniest, most vulnerable patients, and moms will now enjoy luxury birthing suites in our remodeled labor and delivery unit.
  • We know that when it comes to health care, access is essential to equity. That’s why we offer medical interpreting in more than 150 languages, 24/7.
  • Charity care this year – free medical care for our community’s most vulnerable families and children – totaled nearly $152 million!


Won’t you please help Truman Medical Centers change and save lives by making a critically needed, tax-deductible contribution to Truman’s 2020 Year-End Fund Drive? Now more than ever, our community counts on Truman, and we count on you.

Thank you for helping Truman Medical Centers change and save lives.




Charlie Shields
President and Chief Executive Officer
Truman Medical Centers

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