Please join us in congratulating Karole Bradford who has been appointed chief executive officer of the Kansas City Medical Society Foundation effective May 1, 2020.

Bradford joined the KCMS Foundation in December 2018 as chief program officer and since then has overseen its staff and operations.

With nearly 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, she previously was executive director of Riverview Health Services, a Kansas City, Kan., agency that helps uninsured children and adults access prescription medications. Her background includes 11 years of experience in Wyandotte County safety net health care. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University.

Bradford succeeds Angela Bedell, MA, CAE, who has been executive director since 2018 when the KCMS Foundation was formed through a merger of the Wy Jo Care and Metro Care charitable care programs for the uninsured. Bedell continues as executive director and CEO of the Kansas City Medical Society and will work closely with Bradford on matters involving the KCMS Foundation and the Medical Society.

“We are pleased to have an individual with Karole’s talent and experience to lead the KCMS Foundation through its next steps of growth and development. Over the past year, she has proven herself very capable of leading the KCMS Foundation’s staff and operations,” said Stephen Salanski, MD, chair of the KCMS Foundation board of directors.

“In addition, we salute Angela for her outstanding leadership in shepherding the merger of the Metro Care and Wy Jo Care charitable care programs into the KCMS Foundation. This was a lengthy and complex process that has yielded a strong organization better positioned to help meet the health care needs of the many uninsured, low-income residents of the Kansas City area—a need now intensified by COVID-19,” Dr. Salanski continued.

Karole can be reached at kbradford@kcmedicine.org.

The KCMS Foundation advances health care access for vulnerable populations in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Its charitable care programs—Wy Jo Care in Kansas and Metro Care in Missouri—connect uninsured, low-income individuals with specialty medical care they otherwise could not afford. Participating physicians, hospitals and other health services donate care free of charge to these patients out of their concern for the less fortunate. In 2019, Wy Jo Care and Metro Care served nearly 800 patients and arranged for more than $8,000,000 in donated medical care. Besides charitable care, the KCMS Foundation conducts wellness and prevention initiatives, coordinates a coalition promoting health care workforce diversity, provides community health education and currently is advocating for Medicaid expansion in Missouri and Kansas. Learn more about the KCMS Foundation.