Westwood Five inductees, including former Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway, will form the inaugural class of KU Hospital’s new Hall of Fame.
Other individual honorees are George Farha, chairman of the KU Hospital Authority Board from 1999 to 2008 who advocated for the hospital’s patient-first approach, and Annette Bloch, a philanthropist who has donated $21 million to support cancer and heart patient care.
Hemenway is being honored for his proposal to remove university control from the hospital and allowing it to become an independent public authority.
They join two companies that are being honored for their service to the hospital. The Polsinelli Shughart PC law firm provided the legal foundation for the KU Hospital authority, and United Excel is a general contracting company that has helped shape the hospital’s renovations and new construction projects.
Bob Page, KU Hospital’s CEO, said that KU Hospital hadn’t done as good of a job recognizing its history as the KU Medical Center.
“When you walk the campus, the school has done a wonderful job of recording their history,” he said.
KU Hospital, he said, has two histories, one from its founding until 1998, and another from 1998 onward, when it has thrived after becoming an independent authority.
He said this hall of fame would honor the second period of KU Hospital’s history.
“If we don’t start marking history, we’re missing the opportunity,” he said.
A celebration dinner was scheduled on Tuesday evening to honor the inductees at the InterContinental hotel on the Country Club Plaza.