Joan Ashworth Hennessy visited the Cleveland University-Kansas City (CUKC) Health Center on Wednesday, April 12, to dedicate a chiropractic treatment room in memory of her father, Allen A. Ashworth. An assembly of family and special guests gathered to take part in the celebration and ceremony, including Mrs. Kathy Basaraba who is the cousin of Mr. Ashworth.
The Ashworth clinic treatment room is part of the Chiropractic Health Center located on CUKC campus in Overland Park. The Cleveland Health Center serves the local community providing chiropractic care for over 26,000 patient visits in 2016. Under the supervision of licensed and experienced doctors of chiropractic, CUKC student interns provide patient care in the Health Center during their final year of study.
Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, president of CUKC, gave recognition to Ashworth and his service to the institution. "We are grateful for Joan Hennessy's contribution in honor of her father," Cleveland said. "Mr. Ashworth was a most generous supporter of the University and remains close to our hearts. This treatment room now named in his honor is a reminder of those who have come before us to offer health, healing, and wellness through chiropractic care."
Allen A. Ashworth was the grandson of Sylva Ashworth, a chiropractor known for her numerous pioneering contributions to the profession. Her daughter, Ruth, married Carl Cleveland Sr., and after graduating from the Palmer School of Chiropractic, the couple joined fellow Palmer alum, Perl Griffin in 1922 to found what would later become Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. Now known as Cleveland University-Kansas City, the institution relocated to Overland Park, Kan. in 2008.
Photo features (Left to Right): Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III, Kathy Basaraba, Joan Ashworth Hennessy