Before entering healthcare, Darron Story had a successful career as both a musician and local radio personality. In 2003 he became a Patient Advocate at the University of Kansas Medical Center, building trust and rapport with patients of all ages. After that he spent time with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce working in Small Business growth and membership. But three years ago, he came back to healthcare working in patient finance at FMS, to help hospitals bring in more revenue. He feels that these experiences, and his passion for public health, have brought him to his role as a Community Engagement Representative, where his goal is to lead potential patients to trusting in our care team.
Darron believes that public health has a deep impact on our communities. He explains, “The pandemic made it clear that there are disparities in the healthcare system that impact people of color and the elderly. That’s something I’d like to change; everyone should have the right to good health care.” Darron loves the people he serves, as well as the people he works with. “What we do is vitally important,” he adds.
Story’s philosophy of care is that it should be holistic, involving the physical, mental, and social aspects of care. He believes that patient satisfaction is achieved through listening, listening and more listening. According to him, the right patient relationship involves empathy, compassion, and genuine care.
Darron’s interests include, his family, golfing, singing, music, broadcasting, and working in his community. For the past 18 years, he has been happily married to his wife Krista, is the father of six sons (ages 13 to 35), grandfather of four — with one more on the way! Fun fact: Darron proudly shared that at one time, him and his singing group Lo-Key? had a number #1 record on the Billboard charts, and because of that eventually landed him as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show adding, “It’s a long story!”