The mission, passion and work of Children's Mercy Hospitals and
Clinics is not limited to inside the walls of our buildings
throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.
For instance, we have offered specialty outreach clinics
decades, taking our physicians to other cities to share our
expertise and special brand of care with children and families
throughout Kansas and Missouri. And now, Children's Mercy is
responding to the needs of children and health care providers
around the world with partnerships, educational opportunities and
medical programs, wherever it is needed.
In addition to the programs outlines below, in late 2010,
Children's Mercy announced an agreement with Mexico to exchange
medical, nursing and administrative personnel, establish pediatric
continuing education opportunities, conduct medical research, and
develop a joint referral system for patients. Children's Mercy
already has similar partnerships with pediatric hospitals in Panama
City, Panama, and Guangzhou, China and is establishing educational
relationships with hospitals in the Ukraine, Egypt and other
"It is exciting for us to have strong partnerships with these
international hospitals as well as with a neighboring nation," says
Warren Dudley, Vice President of Market Development and Outreach.
"It truly helps us establish ourselves as a pediatric institution
that knows no borders."
Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics receives requests for
patient care services from more than 36 countries. Our
International Services department coordinates care for the children
and families collaborates with medical professionals to enhance
medical care and education by sharing expertise and knowledge to
improve the health care of children all over the world.
International Medicine Opportunities
Children's Mercy supports opportunities for experiencing the
practice of medicine and health care outside the United States. Our
Graduate Medical Education Office can provide expert advice on
planning and preparation.
In addition, more than 40 doctors and nurses from around the
world have visited Children's Mercy since 2007 as part of education
programs in general and cardiac surgery, cardiology,
gastroenterology, neonatology, hematology/oncology, nursing,
pediatric intensive care, graduate medical education and
administration. These visitors were from China, Japan, Thailand,
the Ukraine, Peru, Panama, Argentina, Spain and the United Arab
"I gained much more than I gave in Lesotho. I was reminded
of how much suffering occurs daily in many parts of the world. Most
of the children I saw were battling AIDS and had lost one or both
of their parents to the same disease. Yet, the children continued
to smile and the families were gracious for everything the doctors
at the clinic were trying to do. It is very humbling to see so many
people making the best of horrible situations. At that same time,
it serves as an inspiration to value all of the opportunities
available and to work harder, learn more and give back to those who
may need it."
- Jennifer Goldman (Alumni, 2009)