Hope HavenBelton Regional Medical Center - part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer— showed their support today in the fight against domestic violence in the communities they serve by making a financial contribution to Hope Haven of Cass County, the only women’s domestic violence shelter in Cass County. Todd Krass, CEO of Belton Regional Medical Center presented Linda Tessar, Executive Director of Hope Haven of Cass County a check for $2500.00 for the shelter. Hope Haven Board members attending the presentation along with Executive Director Linda Tessar, included: Cindy Jobes, Juan Alonzo, Janelle Biernbaum, Kerrie O’Connor, Kelly Mc Cambridge, and Connie Robertson.

In making the presentation Krass commended the group in their efforts for making a difference to the citizens of Cass County, especially those who are faced with abuse and difficult challenges in their life. Recent statistics show domestic violence impacts everyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Thirty percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend (Lieberman Research, Inc., Tracking Survey conducted for the Advertising Council and the Family Violence Prevention Fund, June-October 1996.) In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

“HCA Midwest Health System along with Belton Regional Medical Center share in the concern and needs for women in the communities we serve who seek assistance from domestic violence shelters. In addition to financial support our hospital has also been able to provide in kind contributions to help Hope Haven of Cass County’s shelter. Janelle Biernbaum, Director of Business Development at our hospital also serves on the Board of Directors for the shelter and assists in meeting their mission,” stated CEO Todd Krass.

Hope Haven of Cass County is a nonprofit domestic violence shelter that provides varied resources, including court advocacy to in-house and outreach clients for residents of Cass County. The populations served include: Children, Domestic Violence Victims, Low Income, Nonprofits, Women, and Human Trafficking. The women’s Crisis line is (816) 380-4663.

Picture L to R: Janelle Biernbaum, Connie Robertson, Linda Tessar, Juan Alonzo, Cindy Jobes, Todd Krass, Kerrie O��Connor and Kelly McCambridge.