A message from President,
Dr. Julie Gaddie
A Historic Gift

The Sunderland Foundation, whose focus is awarding grants to nonprofit organizations to support construction and special interest projects serving communities in the Kansas City region, recently announced a $1 million gift to Mosaic Life Care.

The grant represents the largest donation ever received by Mosaic and is earmarked to support the creation of a survivorship clinic within Mosaic's cancer center on their St. Joseph campus.

Our mission statement is, "The needs of the patient comes first," says Mark Laney, MD, CEO of Mosaic Life Care. "We are very fortunate to receive this gift allowing us to expand our health care and supportive services for our cancer patients.

Since 1945, the Sunderland Foundation has invested in the places and spaces where nonprofits do their work. Grants from the Sunderland Foundation help build the places where families in distress find help and healing, where young minds grow and thrive and where communities come together for celebration and inspiration. By supporting construction and special interest projects that allow nonprofits to fulfill their missions, the Sunderland Foundation fosters a stronger, safer and more vibrant future for the communities they serve.
Foundation Announces New Board Members

The Foundation is pleased to announce four new members to its Board of Trustees.

Foundation Board of Trustees, Class of 2023

Todd Joe
President of John Joe Insurance Agency

Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy
Interim President of Missouri Western State University

Jerry McMillen
Manager of ROW Aerobic Vaccine Production, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Fiona Sansone
Director for Population Health and Assistant Professor for Missouri Western State University

Eight students from Gentry County participated in Think Ahead Works Gifted Consortium on Nov. 4.

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

During the program's second session, participants learned about the importance of genograms and family trees. Students were then assigned with creating their own family trees and interviewing family members to learn more about the story of their family.

Three students attended from King City Schools, four traveled from Albany R-III and one home-school student participated.

The Gifted Consortium will meet again Feb. 3 and March 3.
Cathedral Team Building

On Nov. 6, emPowerU welcomed 19 eighth graders from Cathedral for a morning of Team Building activities.

Skills gained from the day include: collaboration, problem-solving, communication and creativity.

Sara Lile, emPowerU facilitator and educator at Cathedral, said the eighth grade students had a wonderful time at the training.

"Mark Struthers did amazing at facilitating and the activities were perfect," Lile said. "Once again, emPowerU exceeded our expectations."

The Foundation continues to follow appropriate guidelines with participants and staff including temperature checks, use of face masks, social distancing and providing hand sanitizing stations.
Missouri Western Partnership

The Foundation enjoyed partnering with Missouri Western State University Population Health students this semester.

Many thanks to Endowed Director of Population Health Management, Fiona Sansone and four students: Cailyn Anderson, Kaylea Frye, Chloe Simmons and Ashley Sollars for their research.

The students looked at trends to identify factors that impact the health of the entire population. The program reflects the ever-changing healthcare industry with the goals of improving health outcomes and shifting people toward healthier lifestyles.
Facility Rental

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 local and CDC 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.