Kim Shopper

Kim Shopper

Kim has worked at NKCH for 30 years where she produces the employee newsletter and manages internal campaigns. She serves on the Living With Diabetes Advisory Board and the Chip In For Charity Open golf committee. She is passionate about animal rescue and volunteers for the Parkville Animal Shelter.

Long Way Home

MR (Missouri River) 340 Race

Kayaking on the Missouri River in the summer heat is less than ideal. Imagine doing it for three consecutive days with little sleep, blistered hands and 340 miles. RNs Anqi Dai and Jason Potts finished the MR (Missouri River) 340 race in 2017 and plan to participate again this summer. Like last year, they will […]

Mrs. Cake Boss

Mae Stover, cake lady

Cake is often the centerpiece of celebrations for life’s special moments, such as birthdays, graduations or a new baby. For the past 33 years, many families have chosen Mae Stover, cake maker extraordinaire, to make just the right centerpiece to mark their special occasions. During the week, Mae is a patient service representative at Meritas […]

Oh, Baby!

April and Delaney

Last year at age 36, April Hord, Purchasing buyer, had finally accepted that she would always be an aunt or a daughter, but not a mother. Diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome and endometriosis, years of tests, procedures and surgery left April with scar tissue and little else. Visits to fertility specialists also proved futile. In […]

Gentle Giants

Cheryl Rescues Greyhounds

Public acceptance for greyhound racing has declined sharply over the years as news surfaced about improper animal treatment. Dogs viewed as too old or too slow are often no longer of value to owners. Thankfully, there are people like Radiology Supervisor Cheryl Bondank, RTR, and her husband Donald, an NKCH web designer, who rescue these […]

Safety First for Riding Enthusiast

Matt Foresman

For most of his life, Vice President of Professional Services Matt Foresman, MA, has counted on two wheels to take him where he wants to go. As a child, he rode his bicycle around his Kansas City, KS, neighborhood, and as an adult, he used a bicycle as a triathlete. “After years of huffing and […]

Be Cautious About What You Click and Access

Cyber Security - Be Aware

Many of today’s cyber-attacks target individual users. The goal of the attackers is to fool you into clicking a link or file that contains malware and lets them into your system. Sometimes the messages will even come right out and ask you to divulge sensitive information under the guise of a trusted service provider or […]

Employee Remembers With 100-Year-Old Postcards

Christmas Postcards

Long before instant messaging and cell phones, people relied on letters and postcards to keep in touch across the miles. In the early 20th century, Pony Express riders delivered the mail, which often took a week or longer to reach its destination. Mail served as entertainment and families eagerly awaited its delivery. Today, it’s North […]

Workin’ It for Charity

Bruce Winters as Melinda Ryder

Melinda Ryder has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Sister Sledge, Chaka Khan and Wanda Sykes. But, if they met her on the street, they wouldn’t recognize her. That’s because by day, Melinda is Bruce Winter, the kitchen/supply associate at the Children’s Learning Center. At night, he’s a glamour drag queen with a passion for […]

Defenders of the Red, White and Blue

NKCH employees honored on Veterans Day

They were just 18 and 21 when they made one of the biggest decisions of their lives. A decision that took them to the most dangerous locations in the world, while taking them farther away from the most important people in their lives. As Veterans Day approaches on November 11, it’s more than discounts, free […]

She Fought and Won

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Doctors found Trudy Paddack’s breast cancer with a mammogram in 2009 at age 56. In the years before, a history of dense breast tissue led Trudy to have frequent mammograms and other tests to watch suspicious areas. Back then, mammography equipment couldn’t see through dense breast tissue. After months of frequent screenings and no definitive results, Trudy […]