STAR Fund: Employees invest in The university of kansas health system

The STAR Fund was created to help develop new patient-focused programs and purchase equipment, supplies and other items for patients and their families that are not covered in the health system budget. The grants are made possible entirely by employee contributions. A committee of health system employees decides how this money is spent and distributes the money annually, based on grant requests from health system units/departments. Since its inception in 2004, the STAR Fund has provided approximately $500,000 to various programs, departments and units at The University of Kansas Health System.  

Applications are now being accepted for 2019 STAR Fund grants. Applications are due by February 18 and grant awardees will be notified on March 22. Download the application here. 

If you have questions about the STAR Fund grant process please contact:
Jen Poppe
Development Officer


Emergency Management – Stop the Bleed Program support
Trauma Services Administration – Equipment for uninsured trauma and burn patients in need
Cardiothoracic Surgical ICU – Boogie boards for patient communication
Patient Relations – Service recovery support
Acute Inpatient Rehab – Simulation models for intermittent straight catheterization learning
Interpreter Services – Patient-centered document translation
Rehabilitation Services – U-Step walker for Parkinson’s patient therapy
Pain Management Resource Team – TENS unit for non-pharmacological pain intervention
Rehabilitation Services – Laptop for KELS assessments in psychiatric OT
Adult Psychiatry – Games and activities for patients
Neonatal ICU/Pediatrics/Pediatrics ICU – Sound therapy equipment for premature infants
Pediatrics – Convertible laptops for rooming pediatric patients at the Prairie Village and Medical Office Building clinics
Case Management – Patient transportation funding for Jayhawk Primary Care clinics
Addictions Clinic – Patient education technology

To support this important fund via payroll deduction click here,  or give a one-time gift here

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