Welcome to The Research Foundation

The Research Foundation story began in 1965 when Research Hospital Foundation was formed to raise funds to help Research Hospital provide health care services to the community. For nearly 40 years, the Foundation provided charitable contributions to help Research Medical Center bring the latest in medical advancements and treatments and to provide a broad base of resources to serve the healthcare needs of patients in the greater Kansas City community.

With the purchase of Research Medical Center in 2003 by HCA, a for-profit health care company, The Research Foundation concluded its affiliation with Research Medical Center. While no longer affiliated with Research Medical Center, The Research Foundation remains committed to serving the community and carrying on the spirit of the original Foundation through our many health education and scholarship programs.


  • ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is celebrating 30 years of keeping Kansas City safe!

  • RoadWise is a FREE program for young drivers 14-19, emphasizing the importance of wearing a seat belt, making good decisions behind the wheel and not driving distracted.

  • The Golf Classic raises money for ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City, The Research Foundation’s injury prevention program. ThinkFirst of Greater Kansas City is celebrating its 30th year of educating youth about traffic safety and injury prevention through inspiring stories from survivors of brain and spinal cord injuries.