Officially established as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization on March 21, 2001, Turning Point's genesis began more than a decade earlier with the work of Dr. Moira Mulhern. Recognizing that families facing a diagnosis of a serious or chronic physical illness were challenged with long and often fruitless searches for complementary therapies, support networks, assistance in assembling and working with a health care team, Dr. Mulhern had a vision to create a gathering place which would serve as a community resource for hope and healing. Partnered with the creativity of Liz Paugoulatos in designing children's services, as well as a dynamic Founding Board of Directors and the expertise of a respected Medical Advisory Board, Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing became a reality.
On November 14, 2012, two healthcare organizations committed to treating the whole person – Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing and The University of Kansas Hospital –announced an exciting partnership benefiting all those we serve. This combination enables the hospital to offer patients and families an even more comprehensive level of care with Turning Point’s extensive support services as an adjunct to medical treatment. Likewise, the partnership allows Turning Point to strengthen and expand as a support community and resource center while continuing to offer free services and programming in locations throughout the Kansas City area.
Every year, thousands of people in Kansas City are diagnosed with serious or chronic physical illnesses. Thousands more have been living with illness for years. Chronic illnesses extract a toll on those stricken far beyond the medical symptoms. Such illnesses impact the individual on psychological, emotional, economic, and social levels. Just as important is the impact on the individual's family. Area hospitals are doing what they can to provide support services to their patients, but in most cases, it is not enough. While the sophistication of the area's medical care is unsurpassed, there are not sufficient resources in the area to effectively deal with the issues beyond the physical aspects of the disease process. Consequently, this has left huge gaps in support services for patients and their families, often impeding the healing process.
Turning Point provides a gathering place which serves the community to fill in those gaps with its unique mission. It is the only organization in the Kansas City area that provides innovative education and comprehensive support services to enhance the lives of adults and families living with any serious or chronic physical illness. Thanks to the generosity of the community, Turning Point's meaningful programs are able to be offered free of charge, with donations being appreciated.