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The Kansas Health Foundation can trace its roots back to the 1985 sale of Wesley Medical Center. At the time, Wesley was a nonprofit hospital associated with the United Methodist Church. Facing many changes in the health care industry, hospital and community leaders helped shape a vision for how resources could be used in the state of Kansas for health promotion and disease prevention instead of traditional, reactive medical care. This led to Wesley being sold to the for-profit Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).

From that sale, the profits went to two organizations focused on improving health in the state: the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and the Wesley Endowment (now the Kansas Health Foundation).

Today, the Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. With an eye on the future and a commitment to the state, the Foundation seeks to be a key partner in Kansas for generations to come.