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WELCOME TO DIASTOLE on HOSPITAL HILL.
The formal name of our facility is The Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholars’ Center. Dr. and Mrs. Dimond began building Diastole in 1976 and lived here until Mrs. Dimond’s death in 1983. The Dimonds’ intent was to provide a serene yet stimulating off-site event facility that would enhance the endeavors of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).
Today, a much expanded Diastole is available (call to reserve) for a wide variety of UMKC functions including retreats, recitals, lectures, continuing education, committee and staff meetings, journal clubs, reunions, study groups, luncheons, dinners and University social gatherings. Non-University groups are welcome on a limited basis for scholarly, educational, civic and community enhancing events. We’re sorry, but Diastole is not available for weddings, birthday parties, or any other personal social events.
Diastole, pronounced (dy-AS-tuh-lee), is a medical term for the interim between heartbeats, when the heart muscle relaxes. Systole is when the heart beats and delivers life’s blood downstream. The heart rests following each systole, and fills with the blood of the next pulse.
This period, the heart at rest, is Diastole.
WE WANT YOUR STORIES!
Which EGD did you know best? Physician? Teacher? SOM Founder? China enthusiast? Resident host and gentleman gardener at Diastole? Whether you knew Dr. Dimond from his KU days in the 1950s, played beach volley-ball with him at Scripps-La Jolla in the 60s, or climbed on board the Dimond train when it steamed into Kansas City to reinvent medical education in 1968 — we want to hear from you! Diastole’s own Nancy Hill will begin working on the long anticipated EGD biography this year, and she needs your stories, memories, anecdotes, or pearls of virtually any sort involving our esteemed Founder. Read more.