KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Veracity, a leading consulting firm, has pledged to support Children’s Mercy in its efforts to advance women in healthcare IT.
The new program, called the Veracity Endowed Scholarship for Women in Healthcare IT, will provide funds to allied health scholarships for women at Children’s Mercy who are pursuing professional and advanced degrees, continuing and higher education, as well as professional development and conferences, in the field of healthcare IT.
“We’re incredibly grateful for Veracity’s support as we jointly launch this innovative program in the Kansas City region,” said Jenea Oliver, Chief Development Officer at Children’s Mercy. “We strive to serve our patients, our employees and the broader community through superior patient care, research, education and advocacy – all for kids! This gift from Veracity will accelerate our ability to do so while also advancing how we leverage and use technology to better meet the needs of our families.”
In addition to awarding one or more annual scholarships to female employees who currently work in IT, HIMSS, HITS or big data at Children’s Mercy, the scholarship will also go toward women who would like to transition their careers into healthcare IT.
“Children’s Mercy is an essential part of Kansas City, yet their reach knows no boundaries. This program will help us continue Children’s Mercy legacy as a premier children’s hospital with unparalleled healthcare providers, researchers and technologists, all united in their mission to provide superior service and patient care,” said Angela Hurt, CEO and founder, Veracity Consulting. “Education is the first step in ensuring all families in our community and beyond continue to have access to the best healthcare, and we’re honored to support Children’s Mercy in their efforts to foster and advance women in healthcare IT.”
Hurt added that this program will provide greater awareness about the gender gap that still exists in technology today. This scholarship is one way to increase the number of women IT professionals and will hopefully inspire more to pursue this field.
“Together with Children’s Mercy, we hope to see more women in healthcare IT. Similar to so many other industries, burnout is real, especially for medical professionals,” said Hurt. “Rather than leave the medical field altogether, we hope women will look to this program as a way to transition their careers, blending their medical knowledge with new skills gained from technology education.”
Applications are now live via Children’s Mercy here, and the deadline to apply is August 15, 2021. The first scholarship will be awarded this fall and recipients will be determined by the Allied Health Scholarship Committee with guidance from the Chief Nursing Officer.
About Veracity Consulting
Veracity is a consulting firm that provides a variety of solutions for commercial and government entities to help them solve their most difficult or pressing challenges. We are inherently flexible to create a solution that is not “one-size-fits-all,” helping our clients transform their businesses in a way that improves performance, creates unmatched customer experiences and generates revenue quicker. www.veracityIT.com
About Children’s Mercy
Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is a leading independent children’s health organization dedicated to holistic care, translational research, educating caregivers and breakthrough innovation to create a world of well-being for all children. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” For the fifth consecutive time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to only about 8% of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. More than 850 pediatric subspecialists, researchers and faculty across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and education of the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides hope, comfort and the prospect of brighter tomorrows to every child who passes through its doors. Visit Childrensmercy.org to learn more.