Steve's Blog

The voyage comes to a close

On March 31, 2008 I wrote my first post for “Steve’s Blog,” and today will be my last time writing on this blog, as I am retiring at the end of August.

Sometimes it takes just minutes to express what I am thinking about and at other times — like today — the words come much harder.

Being the founding President/CEO of this Foundation has been such a privilege. It is an honor to have worked with outstanding board and CAC members and, of course, the HCF associates are simply the BEST!

Working with HCF associates a 'privilege'

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My time at HCF is coming to a close.

On Aug. 14, I participated in my last HCF board meeting. These last few days are full of cleaning my office (which is no easy task), finishing some projects I am working on, and sharing stories and memories of the last nine years. My last day as President/CEO is Aug. 31.

Medicaid expansion should be based on facts, not politics

The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) recently published a report called: Data Book: Missouri Health and Health Care. This report was designed to help members of the Missouri legislature understand the facts of the Missouri Medicaid program so that legislators could make informed decisions in the upcoming session.

Some interesting facts from this report I want like to share with you:

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  • Missouri national health ranking has fallen 75 percent since 1990, from 24th best in the nation in 1990 to 8th worst in 2012
  • Kauffman attributed his success to the golden rule

    Touring Kauffman GardensOn Aug. 1, 1993, Ewing Kauffman died. To honor this great man, several of us (pictured left) who currently work at HCF and who used to work at the Kauffman Foundation went to the Kauffman Gardens (where Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman are buried), along with several former Kauffman Foundation board members, and paid tribute to the remarkable person who meant so much to each of us and to the community we love.

    The best years are still ahead of us

    Congratulations to Dr. Bridget McCandless, the newly elected President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

    A lifetime of meeting people: HCF associates are some of the very best

    One of the good fortunes of working a long time is that you get to work with and take pride in people who distinguished themselves over the years. It is easy to spot potential in a young person and depending on hard work, some luck, and determination, many of my former associates in previous jobs have accomplished much in their careers.

    Founding HCF board set tone for ethics, fairness

    As the days grow closer to my retirement from this wonderful foundation, I am constantly reminded of the opportunity given to me almost nine years ago by founding board chair Dr. Harry Jonas. Dr. Jonas now serves on the foundation’s CAC, and he is a member of the HCF Search Committee which is in the process of helping the HCF Board select the next president /CEO of the foundation.

    About Me

    Steve Roling

    Steve Roling
    President/CEO

    Steve Roling is the President/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Each week he blogs about issues that inspire him as we work toward eliminating barriers to quality health.

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