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03 February 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 5


DuBose sets course to recruit faculty,
strengthen research and clinical care 

Then Thomas DuBose, Jr., MD accepted the position as chair of the KU Department of Medicine Jan. 1, he set some ambitious goals. Among them are making the department a nationally known center for academic excellence, research and clinical care within the next five to seven years. 
Dr. DuBose, who was also named the new Peter T. Bohan Professor of Medicine, was formally welcomed to KU at a Jan. 26 reception hosted by Deborah E. Powell, MD, KU School of Medicine executive dean and vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs.
“We selected Dr. DuBose because he has the energy, enthusiasm and commitment to do the job,” Dean Powell said. “We are very fortunate he has chosen to come to KU.”


Executive Dean Deborah Powell formally welcomed Dr. DuBose 
and his wife Linda to KU at a Jan. 26 reception in Hixson Atrium.

“I’m looking forward to exciting times for the next five to seven years at KU Medical Center,” Dr. DuBose said. “And, I’ve been impressed with the staff in Internal Medicine. They really rolled up their sleeves and starting working with me.”
Dr. DuBose has already begun to structure his first five-year plan for the department. The plan includes adding 14 or more physician-scientists to the faculty within the next five to seven years, to enhance the department’s national academic stature and to strengthen its research enterprise. Dr. DuBose said an important measure of the department’s research efforts will be the amount of credible research performed by faculty that generates extramural support. 
Plans also include rewarding faculty productivity and excellence in teaching, and revitalizing and expanding clinical practice to establish the department’s niche in the Kansas City and regional health care market. Dr. DuBose’s goal is to develop and expand KUMC’s Centers of Excellence such as cancer care, gerontology, reproductive sciences and nephrology. 
Dr. DuBose also seeks to strengthen the business principles of group medical practice. One step he will strongly encourage will be developing more effective lines of referral and positive relationships among physicians throughout the region.
Dr. DuBose comes to KUMC with a long list of impressive credentials. Most recently, he was vice chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, professor of internal medicine and division director for renal diseases and hypertension at the University of Texas Medical Center, Houston. He was also chief of the Section of Nephrology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and medical director for the University Kidney Center, both of Houston. Dr. DuBose is an internationally recognized physician-scientist, and is renowned for his research and clinical investigations into acid-base physiology.


Successful ACS visit to Trauma Program sets stage for final evaluation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) visited the KU Med Trauma Program on Jan. 24, as a pre-evaluation for the upcoming Level 1 Trauma Center review. ACS surveyors cited only five deficiencies, or areas of the program that need improvement, as compared to 22 deficiencies found during a 1996 visit. All five deficiencies were administrative in nature and are, according to Trauma Program Director Jeff Strickler, RN, MA, CEN, “readily correctable.
“The fact that we went from having 22 areas that needed improvement to only five speaks volumes to all the work that’s been done by multiple departments to make this happen,” Strickler said. “Trauma is about teamwork. It’s about working together to care for the patient. The fact that we were able to make these improvements shows that teamwork is already one of our strengths.”
The ACS will return in June for the official Level 1 Trauma Center evaluation.


Executive Forum
Why a communications system?
 


Irene Cumming
President and CEO 
KU Med

Donald Hagen, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor, 
University of Kansas Medical Center

We all know it. Communications is the difference between achievement and setback . . . between success and failure . . . between understanding and misunderstanding . . . between knowledge and ignorance.
In complex organizations such as ours, it is very difficult to achieve clarity and consistency in communications. However, when communication is collaborative, the messages are consistent. And, we know that clear, strong direction ensures that communication has clarity.
We have taken steps to develop and implement a communications system that will benefit all of our organizations. The newly established Executive Communication Group, which includes hospital, University and KUPI leadership, meets regularly and provides overall direction of messages and issues for internal and external communications. Issues as routine as the employee holiday party and as volatile as legislative agendas and media issues will be coordinated through this group. This group will provide oversight of a Communications Committee.
The Communications Committee is being named. The committee will be composed of professionals, who will be accountable for the coordination, development, management and implementation of communications. 
While this system is just being developed, it will provide the collaborative structure and strong direction needed for successful communications. This process will enable all the organizations to effectively and efficiently use communications resources, eliminating unnecessary duplication and confusing overlap.
Why a communications system? The answer is simple . . . to bring clarity and consistency through a collaborative effort. We will use our communication resources more efficiently and effectively. And . . .we want to hear from you, if it isn’t working. After all, listening is part of communicating.


KUMC in the news

Following the accident which injured Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, members of the Kansas City media looked to the KUMC Spinal Cord Injury Program for medical input. Paul Arnold, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery and director of the Spinal Cord Program, was featured in a number of stories regarding spinal cord injuries and the type of rehabilitation patients such as Thomas may require.
Coverage included Jan. 24 stories by Alan Bavley of The Kansas City Star, Meryl Lin McKean of WDAF-TV 4, Anne Peterson of KCTV 5, and live interviews on KCTV 5 morning news and KMBZ radio 980 AM. Dr. Arnold was also interviewed for a Jan. 26 story by Cynthia Gunn, KSHB-41.


student
NEWS

Upcoming events
The Association of Undergraduate Student Nurses will sell KUMC shirts outside the ERC in Orr-Major Feb. 7, noon-1 p.m. Long- or short-sleeved T-shirts and sweatshirts in navy or white may be ordered.
“Discovering Balance through Financial Tips, Q’s and A’s” will be offered Feb. 9, noon-1 p.m. in Wahl Hall East. The program is sponsored by the Student Wellness Program, Student Financial Aid and the Department of Student Services. 
The Family Medicine Interest Group will meet Feb. 10 at noon in Wahl East Auditorium. The next Student Governing Council General Meeting is Feb. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in 1016 Student Center.

Residency Fair to spotlight primary care specialties
The KUMC Chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will hold its annual Residency and Fellowship Fair Friday, Feb. 11 in Hixson Atrium, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Representatives from residency programs across the country will be on hand to speak with students and answer questions. The fair will focus mainly on primary care specialties such as Internal Medicine, Family Practice and Psychiatry. Food will be provided and prizes will be raffled.

Student surveys coming soon
Every two years, KUMC students are given a chance to voice their opinions through the Student Needs Assessment Survey. The survey covers many aspects of campus life, including financial aid, security, health services and other student resources. The Department of Student Services uses the surveys to make major decisions about student life at KUMC. 
This year’s survey will be mailed to students’ homes the week of Feb. 21. Included will be a brief Student Health and Counseling Survey, which will focus on these issues and student wellness programming. Completed surveys should be returned to Students Services by 
March 6. 


Churchill named chief nurse executive

Lynn Churchill, RN, MS, MBA, has joined the KU Med Executive Team as vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nurse executive. Churchill began her duties Jan. 31. 
Churchill brings a wide range of experience to KU Med, having worked in both university and community-based hospitals and health care organizations. Most recently, she was vice president of Patient Care Services and corporate compliance officer at Rockdale Hospital and Health System, Conyers, Ga. Among her other accomplishments, Churchill eliminated the need for external clinical agencies at Rockdale by implementing effective recruitment and retention strategies.
Prior to Rockdale, she served as director of Patient Focused Care at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., and as clinical nurse coordinator and director of Medical, Neurology and Rehabilitation Nursing Services at University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, N.C. Her previous employment includes 14 years of nursing and management positions at hospitals in Florida, Texas and Ohio. Her area of nursing focus has been oncology.

Churchill earned her BSN at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, her MS at Texas Women’s University in Houston, and her MBA at Mercer University, Atlanta. She is now in the latter phase of completing a PhD.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of KU Med, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone,” Churchill said. 


Front & Center


KUMC employees, students and visitors lined up outside the 
Main Cafeteria Jan. 26 for autographs from KC Blades players 
Dody Wood, lower left, David Ling, Brendan Yarema and 
Pat Ferschweiler. The Blades take on the Long Beach Ice Dogs 
at the Feb. 18 KUMC Night at the Blades.


At the Jan. 19 Interfaith meeting, guest Arvind Khetia 
spoke on the influence of Mohandas Gandhi and Hinduism 
on the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s approach to 
nonviolent social change. With Khetia is KUMC Police 
Department Detective and Interfaith member Barbara McAtee.


Linda McLean, PhD, of Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 
was guest lecturer at a Jan. 27 Physical Therapy Education presentation, 
“Postural Muscle Behaviour During Prolonged Computer Terminal Work.” 
With Dr. McLean is Clinical Assistant Professor Brian McKiernan, PhD PT.


KU Cancer Center Research Coordinator 
Rebecca Clark-Snow, RN, BSN, OCN, presented 
“Recommendations for the Use of Antiemetics: 
Evidence-Based, Clinical Practice Guidelines” 
at a Jan. 27 continuing education program for nurses. 


Justin Orr, executive director of Kansas City’s 
Heart of America Indian Center, facilitated a 
discussion on contemporary Native American culture 
following the Jan. 20 showing of “Smoke Signals.” 
The film was presented by the Intercultural Film Series.


Twenty-seven Wyandotte High School students visited KUMC Feb. 1 for 
Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2000. Students spent a half day “shadowing” 
employees from 17 University and KU Med departments to learn more about 
the skills needed for health care professions. Shown are Assistant Director 
Dan Conyers, Respiratory Therapy Administration, left, with students 
Celisha Towers and Latasha Beasley, and student Frank Hooks with Director 
of Clinical Education Cathy Williams, Nurse Anesthesia Education.


Physicians’ Update
Recognizing physicians who have recently affiliated with KU Med and KU MedWest

Gregory L. Bono, MD, MPH, assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine and medical director of the Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine Department. Dr. Bono graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed a flexible medicine internship at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Bono earned his master of public health degree in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is certified in occupational medicine by the American Board of Preven-tive Medicine. He practices in the Center for Environmental and Occupational Health and is interested in work-related illness and injury, and surveillance of workers exposed to chemical, biological and physical hazards.

Melin S. Canez, MD, clinical assistant professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and the Women’s Reproductive Center in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Canez completed medi-cal school at the University of Arizona, where she also completed an OB/ GYN residency. She completed a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Texas. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Canez practices at KU Med, specializing in infertility and reproductive endocrine disorders.

Marilyn R. Richardson, MD, clinical assistant professor, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Richardson completed her medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed an internship and residency at Truman Medical Center and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Texas Health Science Center. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a sub-specialty in reproductive endocrinology. 
Dr. Richardson practices at KU Med and KU MedWest, specializing in infertility and reproductive endocrinology and menopausal health care, with an emphasis on complemen-tary alternatives for hormonal placement.

Philip L. Johnson, MD, assistant professor, radiology and surgery, Division of Vascular, Intervention and Neuroradiology. 
Dr. Johnson completed medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed a radiology residency at Baptist Medical Center of Oklahoma and a neuro-radiology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. He also completed a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Johnson practices at KU Med, specializing in vascular and interventional radiology, imaging and neurological interventions.

Malinda H. Bell, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Bell completed medical school at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a residency in emergency medicine at Truman Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and practices at KU Med, predominately covering the night shift in the Emergency Room.


Mail service update
The recent cutbacks in interoffice mail delivery have been caused by staff shortages in the Mail Services Department. Since November 1999, the department lost four employees out of a staff of seven, and was unable to recruit new personnel because of a 90-day hiring freeze imposed by the State of Kansas. In the interim, the mail room has used temporary help from various Information Resource departments and instituted a six-day work week. In early January, the State of Kansas removed the hiring freeze, and Mail Services is now recruiting new personnel. Once staff have been hired and trained, the mail room expects to return to five-day-a-week delivery. Mail Services is also using this time to contact all mail drop customers to verify and update information in an effort to reduce misdirected mail and improve 
overall service.

KU Med W-2 corrections
It has been discovered that Kansas state taxable wages for KU Med (hospital) employees who had KPERS retirement deductions during the first eight pay periods of 1999 (checks dated Jan. 8-April 16, 1999) were under reported on recently mailed W-2 forms. This error affects only the Kansas state income tax return, not the federal tax return. Affected hospital employees will receive a corrected W-2 (Form W-2c) in the mail by Feb. 4. Employees should use the W-2c information when filing Kansas state tax returns. Those who have already filed a Kansas state return will need to file an amended return using the corrected W-2c amount. Employees who did not have 1999 KPERS deductions or did not begin KPERS deductions until the check dated April 30, 1999 are unaffected. If you have questions, call Hospital Payroll at ext. 8848, 8854, 8855 or 8856.

SuperTrax enrollment
“SuperTrax: Leadership in Action,” the KUMC leadership training program for managers and supervisors, will be offered by the University Human Resources Department beginning March 9. SuperTrax consists of 10 modules, each addressing a specific component of leadership. SuperTrax is open to University employees. KU Med employees must obtain departmental approval as fees apply. Detailed information about the program may be found on the KUMC web site at www2.kumc.edu/hr/training/training.html. To enroll, complete the enrollment form at www2.kumc.edu/hr/training/supertrax.html, or call ext. 5099. The deadline for enrollment is Feb. 24. For more information, call ext. 7542.

Paper hearts
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) is sponsoring a “paper heart” fundraiser. From Feb. 3-14 in the Main and Delp Cafeterias, CMN will be selling paper hearts for $1 each. Buy a heart for that special someone, and support CMN!

Kirmayer expansion
Additions to the Kirmayer Fitness Center are underway. A fitness-testing room, massage room, racquetball and squash courts are among the new features currently being constructed. A “tranquility room”—complete with relaxing music and chairs that give massages—is also in the works. Look for the new addition to the Kirmayer building to be completed in the upcoming months. For those who can’t wait to take advantage of Kirmayer’s services, early bird registration for the “Finding Fitness” class will be Feb. 14-25. This basic fitness program is open to everyone, and will run Feb. 28-April 7.


FOR SALE:
Large entertainment center, oak w/beveled glass door to house components, pocket doors for up to 27” TV, lots of storage, exc. cond., $300. Call 913-897-7247. 
Beautiful loveseat by Pilgrim House, teal & mauve plaid, exc. cond., $200. Call 816-741-8118.
Technics Dolby surround sound receiver w/remote, DVD/DSS ready w/6 channel discrete input, hookup directions included, paid $475, asking $200. Call 
816-444-3953.
Contemporary china cabinet (4 modular units w/two curved end cabinets), cream color w/glass doors & interior lights, $395 OBO; rattan hanging chair & stand, $60. Call 913-888-4042.

AUTOMOTIVE:
1984 Toyota Corolla Hatchback, 4-dr., sunroof, good tires, $750. Call 913-722-2958.
1990 Honda Accord EX, 2-dr., auto., A/C, sunroof, spoiler, new tires, new timing belt & water pump, 150K mi., $4,200 OBO. Call Danielle, 913-962-6289.
1998 Ford Explorer XLT, V8, 4-dr., AWD, leather, 6 CD changer, sunroof, rear air/radio controls, 19K mi., book value $28,000, asking $23,900. Call 816-444-3953.

HOUSING:
For Rent: February rent free if sublease master bedroom until June 1, shared apartment w/another female graduate student, close to KUMC, no drugs, no smoking, no pets, $100 security deposit, female inquiries only. Call 913-831-7998, leave message.
For Sale: Assume 1997, 16’ x 76’ mobile home for $1,700, 3BD, 2BA (garden tub in master bath), built-in hutch & cupboard, refrig., stove & D/W all stay, over-hang over patio, shed, great cond., payments are $316, Belton area. Call 816-322-4036.
For Sale: 2BD house, large LR, range, refrig. & W/D all stay, exc. cond., 10 min. from KUMC, $31,950. Call Kathy, 913-371-5378.

PETS:
2 cats free to good home, preferably together, both declawed and neutered, 2-yr.-old female, 9-mo.-old male, new owner gets toys, litter, litter box, dishes & food. Call 913-236-8725.

LOST:
Nokia cell phone, if found call 913-768-4129.


In an effort to improve employee communications, the Public Relations Department is seeking participants to offer reader feedback about In The Center. Two focus group sessions will be scheduled, with 10-12 participants in each group. Employees from the University, hospital and KUPI are encouraged to participate, as are students from KUMC schools. Focus groups will last about one hour. All comments from participants will be kept strictly confidential. If interested, call Laurel Garrett, ext. 1291.


coming 
UP

Saturday, February 5:
• Urology Grand Rounds Lecture Series, 8:30-11:35 a.m., Sudler Auditorium.

Monday, February 7:
• Prostate Cancer Screenings, KU Cancer Center, call ext. 1227 for appointment.
• Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.
• “First Impressions-Facial Cosmetic Surgery,” 7-8 p.m., KU MedWest.

Tuesday, February 8:
• Breast Cancer Program Lectureship Series, noon, Lied Auditorium.
• Center on Aging Research Seminar, 4-5 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
• “Potty Training 101,” 6:30-7:30 p.m., Independence Pediatrics, 17500 Medical Center Pkwy., Independence, Mo.

Wednesday, February 9:
• Diabetes Self-Management Series, 9-11 a.m., 1107 KU Med.
• Outcomes Management and Research Seminar, “Systems Costs Effectiveness: The Case of Treating Depression,” 11:30 a.m., Wahl West Auditorium.
• KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 2023 Wescoe.
• Center on Aging Ethical Analysis Seminar, noon-1 p.m., 4050 Wescoe, call ext. 1564 for case studies.
• Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, “Evaluation and Treatment of Blepharospasm,” 4:45-6 p.m., G032 Lied.
• “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” 6-7 p.m., Creekwood Family Care, 200 NE 54th St., KC, Mo.
• Hepatitis Support Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Delp Cafeteria.

Thursday, February 10:
• Breast Cancer Support Group, 5:15-7 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.


IN THE CENTER
Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor

IN THE CENTER is the employee and student publication of the University of Kansas Medical Center. It is published weekly by the office of Public Relations and Marketing. The deadline for submitting news briefs is noon on the Thursday before they are to appear. Send story ideas to Ken Arnold, editor, G114 Hospital, or e-mail: <karnold> or call ext. 1298.

Ad Policy
Send or bring your ad to G114 KU Hospital, or fax to ext. 1225, or e-mail: <karnold> by noon Thursday of the week before it is to run. Ads run free of charge for employees, students and volunteers. For-sale ads are limited to three items. All ads must include the advertiser’s name and work extension (or medical student box number) for verification. Only home phone numbers–no pager numbers or KUMC extensions–will be published. No ads for commercial services or pets for sale will be accepted. Ads will not be taken by telephone. Only one phone number per ad. Ads may be held a week of space is limited.

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