A message from President,
Dr. Julie Gaddie
National Doctors Day

Honor your Mosaic physician on National Doctors Day.

Our physicians are at the heart of Mosaic's mission. Caring is not merely their job, but also the calling to which they have dedicated their lives.

Every year on March 30, the United States celebrates the contributions physicians make to care for us and keep our region healthy. Join us in thanking and recognizing our physicians for all they do.

Recognize a special physician who has touched you or your family by making an online gift today. Physicians will be notified of gifts made in their honor.
Meet the Foundation's Newest Caregiver

Mosaic Life Care Foundation welcomes Leslie Burris as our Philanthropy Coordinator.

Burris is originally from Kansas City but found her home in St. Joseph while attending Missouri Western State University. She and her husband now live in Clarksdale, Missouri, with their three young girls.

Burris said she is looking forward to growing the philanthropy programs.

"The Philanthropy department and the Foundation have many great programs in place," Burris said. "I am excited to connect with caregivers across the organization, tell them about our programs and show them how they can be involved."
STEAM After-School

We continue to offer STEAM After-School enrichment programming at emPowerU.

The six-week program will be held Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m., March 30 through May 4.

Designed for students in grades 1-8, participants will create and develop an interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Program offerings include: LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotics, Coding Drones, Virtual Reality Explorers and recently added: SOS: Endangered Earth.

SOS: Endangered Earth is offered through Club Invention, an initiative of Camp Invention. In this program, children team up with the Saving Our Species (SOS) organization and use their ingenuity to fulfill an important mission - protecting animal habitats and preserving natural resources across the country. It builds mindset habits such as building confidence, practicing design thinking and demonstrating persistence.

STEAM After-School costs $50/child for the six-week program. Space is limited. The Foundation will follow appropriate guidelines with participants and staff including temperature checks, requiring face masks, social distancing and providing hand sanitizing stations.
Circuit Three: Cathedral

On March 17, we welcomed 19 eighth graders from Cathedral School for Circuit Three of our Civic Engagement Immersions.

During Circuit Three, students have the option to do a community service project where they examine their own community and come to consensus on an issue they would like to address. Students identify obstacles and brainstorm solutions. Once a plan is in place, they may apply for a competitive Jump Starter grant to help fund their project.

During their experience, Cathedral students brainstormed and presented ideas for their school legacy project. We look forward to seeing their efforts come to life.
Gifted Consortium

Eleven students from Gentry County participated in Think Ahead Works Gifted Consortium on
March 3.

One important aspect of the Gifted program is the opportunity for students to learn and interact with their like-minded peers.

During this year's final session, participants identified and examined notable individuals and ended the day with a STEAM activity. Students created boats and were challenged to propel their creations.

Blakely, a King City Schools participant, said she would enjoy more programs offered at Think Ahead Works.

"We do so many projects and I have learned so much at Gifted," Blakely said. "Think Ahead Works is great and I would like more programs to enjoy."

Six students attended from King City Schools and five participants traveled from Albany R-III.

We look forward to welcoming regional schools again next year.
Nursing Fellowship: Laying the Foundation

Kourtney Chaney has always pictured herself working in a healthcare field. She graduates from Missouri Western State University May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree. Kourtney was first introduced to Mosaic in 2011 and is now a nurse apprentice. She is no stranger to Mosaic and will continue her commitment as a 2020 Nursing Fellowship recipient.

The Nursing Fellowship is a result of the Foundation and hospital leadership working to attract new and innovative ideas into the community. The program helps lay the foundation for a successful nursing career. Kourtney wants to ensure patients from the region know they are in the best hands possible while she is their nurse.

"I am most excited to give back to people within our community," Kourtney said. "I will be their advocate and I will provide holistic measures to ensure they are nursed back to health."

The Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Nursing Fellowship. Missouri Western State University, Northwest Missouri State University and Benedictine College BSN students are eligible to apply.

Following graduation and successful obtainment of a valid nursing license to practice in the state of Missouri, each Mosaic Life Care Foundation Nursing Fellow will receive a $10,000 tuition reimbursement and agrees to a three-year commitment with Mosaic Life Care.

Online applications are due April 1.
Foundation Hosts Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee

Mosaic Life Care Foundation and emPowerU hosted the Northwest Missouri Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

Fourteen counties in northwest Missouri sent their top two spellers to compete. Congratulations to first place winner, Titus from Trenton Middle School, and second place winner, Jaecy from Polo R-VII School District.

The champion speller will move on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminary, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. This year, due to the global pandemic, the preliminaries, quarterfinals and semifinals at the national level will be held virtually in the weeks leading up to the July 8 finals and be broadcast live on ESPN platforms. The semifinals are slated for June 27, and dates for the earlier virtual rounds will be announced this spring.

The top 10-12 finalists from the semifinal rounds will travel to Orlando, FL to compete in-person at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The final rounds of the Bee will be broadcast live in primetime on ESPN2.

Judges for the 2021 Regional Bee were Jeanette Malita, Lori Witham and Joe Marmaud. Karen Heyde-Lipanovich served as director and pronouncer for the competition.
Foundation Welcomes Leadership Northwest Missouri

On March 18, we welcomed 25 Leadership Northwest Missouri participants for their third meeting of the year. This session focus on youth empowerment, infrastructure and recreation.

Cindy Wells with Leadership Northwest Missouri said our Innovation Room was wonderful for their group.

"We were able to spread out and follow social distancing guidelines but still experience a togetherness," Wells said.

Mosaic Life Care Foundation's emPowerU campus and Think Ahead Works satellite facility are available for regional organizations to rent.

The facilities offer multiple spaces to reserve for meetings or events. Settings are available for small or large groups, with flexible seating arrangements and technology options.

The Foundation follows appropriate guidelines including: temperature and symptom screening, required face masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing stations.
Mosaic Life Care Foundation is committed to building healthy, thriving communities for generations to come. We believe in championing education and empowering people to live their best lives. When healthcare is needed, we are dedicated to ensuring exceptional healthcare is available, right here in our region.