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Cass Regional Foundation Legacy Dinner Honors Those Who Give

Foundation news | Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Harrisonville, MO – Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation hosted its triennial Legacy Dinner Saturday, November 3, at Carnegie Village Senior Living Community in Belton. The event was held to honor donors and to present two awards, the Foundation Award and the Dr. Harold E. Kirsch Award, for exceptional service to Cass Regional Medical Center.

Ginger Friesz, RN, Sheryl Knox, RN, and Kathy Selley, RN, received The Foundation Award. This award is given to individual(s) who have demonstrated steadfast dedication to the mission of Cass Regional Medical Center and to improving the quality of health care in Cass County.

Friesz, Knox and Selley started the Healthy Angels Ride, a motorcycle ride fundraiser, in 2005, and organized the event every year through 2015. The nurses had participated in fundraising rides across the Kansas City area, and wanted to host an event to benefit patients at Cass Regional. Through their efforts, Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation created the Patient Assistance Fund, and to date it has provided over $50,000 in assistance to approximately 900 patients.

Dr. Marvin C. Cohen, who died in August 2016, received The Dr. Harold E. Kirsch Award. This award is given to one who is deceased, who made a memorable, long-standing contribution to the medical center and to Cass County.

Dr. Cohen was a general surgeon at Cass Regional Medical Center from 1992 through 2011, and for most of that time, he was the only general surgeon on the medical staff. In 2010, Dr. Cohen was selected by the Cass Regional nursing staff as the first recipient of Cass Regional Medical Center's annual Physician Excellence Award.

Dr. Cohen was born in Jacksonville, Florida, moved to the Kansas City area as a youth. He graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School and received degrees from the University of Kansas in pharmacy, medicine, and surgery. He was a Fellow of the American Board of Surgery.

Prior to the awards ceremony, Administrative Director Sonya McLelland shared how the foundation’s donors have impacted the hospital and community over the last 10 years. She noted that 912 people had been helped by the Patient Assistance Fund, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Assistance Fund, the Employee Assistance Fund, and/or by the eight scholarship funds administered by the foundation. McLelland noted that countless other lives had been positively affected by donors’ support of the Gardens Fund, which provides for the gardens and wind sculptures on the Cass Regional campus. She also shared remarks about the meaningful impact of life-saving equipment and facilities, such the MRI machine and patient care simulation lab, which were made possible in part by donations to fundraising events.

To learn more about Cass Regional Medical Center Foundation, contact McLelland at (816) 380-5888, extension 4650, or email smclelland@cassregional.org.