Not only did the Kansas City Medical Society’s annual meeting on Nov. 28 at the Overland Park Marriott serve as a who’s who of the Kansas City medical community, the gathering also provided an idyllic setting for Ingram’s to recognize its 2018 class of Top Doctors and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the program. Before the Medical Society’s annual meeting, which was sponsored by Blue KC, past and present Top Docs congregated to celebrate the anniversary. After old friendships were rekindled, plaques were presented, and toasts were shared, honorees and meeting-goers settled into their seats.
On track with the annual meeting agenda, Kansas City Medical Society Executive Director Angela Bedell gave a yearly update, speakers took the stage to share their medical success stories and the Medical Society presented awards to distinguished doctors, including two lifetime achievement awards to Doctors George Stamos and Randall Hudson. And before the night concluded, the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams topped off the festivities by delivering the keynote address. Adams shared bits and pieces of his own experience with familial health struggles, praised the KC medical community for its achievements, discussed ways to improve our health as a nation and touched on the economic benefits of fostering a healthy city.
“Businesses are starting to see that healthy communities lead not only to healthier people, but an ability to attract a workforce, top talent, and the ability to drive down health care costs,” Adams said.