Advancement Board

McCown elected as chair of KU academic medical center advisory board

Pat McCown
Pat McCown

Pat McCown of Leawood, Kansas, is the new chair of the Advancement Board, an advisory group of more than 90 business and community leaders that represents the objectives of the University of Kansas Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System.
The board, which was formed in 2005, works to develop community support for the academic medical center and to bolster philanthropy efforts for education, research and patient care. New officers and members were elected and announced at the Spring Advancement Board meeting in Kansas City, Kansas.
McCown follows Joyce Hayhow, who completed a two-year term as chair.
McCown retired in 2017 as the CEO of McCownGordon Construction, which has headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. He and Brett Gordon founded the company as the only two employees in 1999; the firm now has 350 employee-owners. McCown serves the community on several boards and committees, including the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and the Kansas City Art Institute.
“Every great city needs a great academic medical center, and the Advancement Board is wholeheartedly continuing to be part of promoting and supporting The University of Kansas academic medical center,” McCown said. “We are proud that for 13 years the Advancement Board has diligently worked to further the mission to enhance awareness, governmental support and strategic initiatives to ensure the highest level of academics and research, and to deliver the best health care to our patients.”

The Advancement Board is wholeheartedly continuing to be part of promoting and supporting The University of Kansas academic medical center.

Also at the meeting, Art Chaudry was elected as secretary of the board. He is president of Swope Community Enterprises and president and CEO of Swope Community Builders.
Most recently, the Advancement Board has championed several initiatives to assist The University of Kansas Cancer Center. These include supporting the Cancer Funding Partners’ effort to meet a 3-to-1 matching opportunity provided by the V Foundation, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Hunt Family Foundation, qualifying the cancer center for a $200,000 grant in valuable support of immunotherapy research. It has also provided ongoing support of the regional effort to expand the center’s National Cancer Institute designation as a comprehensive cancer center.
The board also supports all the research and clinical initiatives of the area’s premier academic medical center. It serves to organize the advocacy for the benefits of academic medicine among many fronts. 

Additional new board members:

Mayra Aguirre
Hall Family Foundation
Paul Black
AllScripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Hibba Haider, MD
Choice Physicians Group and Health Partnership Clinic
Bob Hunter
FCI Advisors
Brian Kaufman
Prairie Capital Management, LLC
Melanie Mann, JD
Mann Development Company: Park Place Partners

Erika Moody
Helix Architecture + Design
Kyle Myers
PNC Bank
Wayne Powell
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Andrea Price
Stacie Prosser
Kansas City Business Journal
Joshua Rowland
Lead Bank
Ram Shankar
UMB Financial Corporation
Suzanne Williams

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