In April 2003, HCA purchased Health Midwest, a nonprofit health care provider serving areas in Kansas and Missouri. The sale was the largest hospital transaction in Kansas City and one of the largest in the nation at that time.
With 80 percent of the proceeds — amounting to $400.5 million — from the sale, then-Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon established the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) and appointed the inaugural 25-member board of directors. The board moved quickly from there, registering HCF as a nonprofit, hiring Steve Roling as president and CEO, and establishing the organization’s mission and guiding principles.
We began grantmaking in 2005, and our continued focus on the areas of mental health, safety net, and healthy communities have helped tackle the pressing health issues facing those most in need in our communities.
We award $20 million annually to grantees and community partners in our six-county service area.
In November 2018, Health Care Foundation changed its name to Health Forward Foundation and updated the logo. The new name and logo reflect the dynamic momentum happening in our communities and keeps us focused on the vision we have for healthy people in healthy communities.
During Health Forward’s 15-year virtual anniversary celebration and amid the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, president and CEO Qiana Thomason announced a new vision for Health Forward that addresses health equity through economic inclusion and racial justice.
Over the course of 2021, Health Forward underwent a purpose alignment process that re-examined our impact on the health of our communities.
In 2022, Health Forward announced a five-year purpose plan that recasts our leadership, advocacy, and resources to advance and promote health equity by focusing on racial equity and economic inclusion.