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Friends of Children’s Mercy – Cheers to the New Year and You!

Friends of Children’s Mercy welcomed Paul Kempinski, new president and CEO of Children’s Mercy, to Our Town at Cheers to the New Year and You! The event was held at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland on January 17th. To add to the excitement, there was the first public preview of the third season of Inside Pediatrics, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series, which features Children’s Mercy. Many of those who appeared onscreen also attended the party.

Jo Stueve, Dan Beutler, and Dr. Michael Artman and Debbie Horne


Inside Pediatrics patient Leah Mason hugged her father, Ryan, on her first trip out of the hospital after 199 days and a successful heart transplant.


Shanelle Varone, Maureen Kempinski, Jo Stueve, and Nicki Johnson


(Kneeling) Allison Abplanalp and Megan Boos (second row) Rachel Hodgson, Shannon Stone, Jim Klasinski, Erica Logan, Morgan Moravec, Shanelle Varone, and Mary Heinrich (back row) Amanda Swanson, Gracie Hastings, Nicki Johnson, Katie Mahr, Jennifer Everett-MaGee, Andrew Garton, Sheila Montgomery, Cory Anderson, Bailey Stout, and Lauren Kopfer

Photo Credits: Mark McDonald and Dan Videtich
Also featured in the March 2, 2019 issue of The Independent



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