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IN Kansas City: Five Things You Don’t Know About Me, Children’s Mercy President & CEO Paul Kempinski

Paul Kempinski throws first pitch

By Michael Mackie

Paul Kempinski has been a driving force at Children's Mercy since he started almost two years ago. Besides creating a new strategic plan for the hospital, he’s been instrumental in the planned 2021 opening of the Children’s Mercy Research Institute.

And now that he’s moved to KC, he’s become a fan of the Hallmark Channel and watching “what seems like the same movie over and over again,” he says. “My wife makes fun of me all the time for it, but those ‘feel good’ movies provide a great distraction from all of the negative stuff you find so much across the rest of the airwaves. We need positives in our lives right now.”

We caught up with the hospital administrator extraordinaire to find out five things you don’t know about him.

5. I love baseball. I even threw two no-hitters in my school career, with a record of 1 – 1. (Yes, that’s true.) “You can imagine the thrill I had by being invited to throw out the first pitch at a 2017 Philadelphia Phillies game side-by-side with one of our young patients. I warmed up in the backyard with my daughter for 15 minutes before leaving for the game and threw a perfect strike at Citizen’s Bank Park. Not sure if my torn labrum has healed yet, but it was worth the bucket-list item being checked.”


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