The REACH Healthcare Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to improving access to health care for poor and medically underserved individuals through financial support of effective programs.
All poor and underserved people in our community will have quality health care.
Inform and educate the public and facilitate access to quality health care for poor and underserved people.
The REACH Healthcare Foundation …
The REACH Healthcare Foundation was established in 2003 with proceeds from the sale of Health Midwest, a regional nonprofit healthcare organization purchased by Hospital Corporation of America. At the time of the purchase, the Attorneys General of Kansas and Missouri secured assets from the sale to be used for charitable purposes in each state, resulting in the establishment of two new healthcare conversion foundations serving the Greater Kansas City region – the REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF).
Both foundations were established for the purpose of addressing the health and health care needs of indigent and medically underserved residents in the communities formerly served by the Health Midwest System.
The REACH Foundation, incorporated in Kansas, received 20 percent of the net proceeds of the Health Midwest assets through Health Midwest’s successor organization, the Community Health Group (CHG). HCF, incorporated in Missouri, received 80 percent of the assets based on a court-approved settlement agreement.
REACH was approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in May 2004, and the following month received nearly $100 million in initial assets. The Foundation has since received additional contributions from CHG.
Since inception, our funding has focused on three areas – oral health, mental health and safety net health services. The Foundation also has invested in public policy and advocacy efforts, and special initiatives, including patient-centered medical home model, children’s oral health, cultural competency and more.
In January 2011, the Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan that reaffirms the Foundation’s commitment to its vision and three interest areas, but also identifies grant making and policy priorities that focus on two key outcomes – access to health care coverage and health care services, and quality of health services.