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06 april 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 14

Research, need for teamwork highlighted in Faculty Update

KUMC is on the threshold of several significant opportunities, including the launch of a major research plan, a complete redesign of the campus and partnerships with scientific and health care organizations across the Greater Kansas City area.
These were just some of the points made April 3 and 4 by Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen, MD, in his annual Faculty Update.
Dr. Hagen reviewed the status of KUMC’s strategic initiatives and outlined a variety of upcoming projects and opportunities. Among the highlights was the Research Strategic Plan, which is designed to make KUMC a major center for scientific and biomedical research. Dr. Hagen said the plan, now being completed by Vice Chancellor for Research Michael Welch, MD, will encompass all KUMC schools. It will also include an Institute for Genetic Medicine and the KU Institute for Neurosciences, a combination of centers created in concert with the Lawrence campus.

Donald Hagen, MD

Dr. Hagen also discussed the Strategic Facilities Plan, a 20-year, $350 million project that will completely redesign the KUMC campus to better coordinate clinical, academic and research endeavors. Dr. Hagen said the plan will be presented to faculty in the near future.
KUMC will also seek out more affiliations and partnerships in coming years. These may include collaborative scientific efforts with the Stowers Institute, research and education programs funded through the city-wide Life Sciences Task Force, and collaborative programs in research and education through the KU/Children’s Mercy Hospital Alliance for Children.
Dr. Hagen also pointed to some upcoming changes on service agreements between the University and KU Med. Due to limited resources, the hospital will cease providing housekeeping services for the University at the end of this fiscal year. For similar reasons, the University will no longer provide facilities maintenance services for the hospital.
Future projects that have received funding include an expansion of the Animal Care Facility, a new Support Services Building to house maintenance functions and renovations to the Taylor Building to house School of Allied Health offices. Other plans not yet approved for funding include a new Research Building, a new power plant, a three-story extension to Dykes Library and a Kidney Institute project and renovations in Wahl East.
Dr. Hagen concluded by pointing to several challenges facing KUMC, including the need to clarify logo, signage, title and other identity issues between the hospital and the University. He also reviewed the need for increased funding, and called on faculty and staff to work together to build a greater and stronger KUMC.

KU Med President and CEO Irene Cumming was among those attending an April 5 reception at Café Allegro to welcome Kansas University Physicians, Inc. (KUPI) CEO Wayne Coventon and his wife Dee to the medical center.

“We are planning the future, and the opportunities have never been greater,” he said. “With teamwork, we can find the answers we need and make significant changes for the better in this university.”

Executive Forum

Another successful transition . . .

Irene Cumming
President and CEO 
KU Med

We again have reason to celebrate and recognize the dedication and hard work of members of the medical staff and our employees. On April l, the management of the Cancer Center was successfully transitioned to KU Med. This transition was managed in a way that was transparent to our patients, families and referring physicians, and again reflected the excellence of our staff in anticipating and planning for the new structure and its requirements. 
We are very pleased that all employees in the Cancer Center are now employees of the hospital. Our outstanding physicians will continue to provide care to our Cancer Center patients and support our growth and strategic initiatives related to our cancer program. 
This transition is important because it ensures that we can provide a consistent high level of care to our patients—both inpatient and outpatient. We will capitalize on the success of our cancer program and strive to make care for our patients more convenient. 
We are uniquely positioned now to expand our program. One of the important next steps will be the recruitment of a medical director for the Cancer Center, who will also serve as the director of the combined division of hematology/oncology in the School of Medicine. Tom DuBose, MD, chairman of Internal Medicine, is actively recruiting an outstanding leader for this position. In addition, we look forward to the addition of other leaders in cancer care to support our current outstanding and hardworking oncologists. We can look forward to an exciting year related to our cancer program. 
Another transition and another way KU Med is growing and thriving. Please be sure to welcome our new employees and congratulate the many people who made this transition so successful.

Opportunity abounds—are we up to it?

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

In our community, in this state and in our own organization, opportunity abounds. The question is how we can make the opportunities become reality.
We are, already, seizing our opportunities and making great progress. Two major planning efforts were the starting points . . . the Research Strategic Plan and the Strategic Facilities Plan. The research plan began in the School of Medicine, where Dr. Welch started the process and development. He wisely included all of the schools and the plan became the focus for the entire campus and new programs. The research plan includes innovations such as an Institute for Genetic Medicine and an Institute for Neurosciences.
The Facilities Strategic Plan provides us with a 20-year “road map,” which has helped us focus and prioritize. Funding has been approved for the Animal Care Facility, a new Support Services Building, renovations on the Taylor Building and renovation and use of the old Jaycare Building.
The nearly completed School of Nursing Building opens next month. This new facility will support the nationally recognized educational and research programs. The new Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center on Aging facility will open this fall. The funding and programming is a model for collaborative initiatives.
Community opportunities abound; examples are the new Life Sciences initiative, the Stowers Institute and collaborative agreements with the Midwest Research Institute, UMKC and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Additionally, KUEA is focusing on the medical center as it begins the $500 million capital campaign.
We have made considerable progress in making our opportunities become “real.” We are planning our future and the opportunities have never been greater! Only through teamwork can we provide the answers.


Nursing student wins scholarship

KU School of Nursing student Shelley Prier has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Emer-gency Nurses Association. Prier received the award after sending an application to the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA), discussing her career goals, leadership and volunteer experiences. 

A member of NSNA and the KU Student Nurses Association Board, Prier plans to pursue a career in emergency nursing, pediatrics or hospice care. She also plans to do medical mission work in lesser-developed countries. 

Upcoming events

April 10: School of Allied Health Student Senate meeting, noon-1 p.m., Wyandotte Room, Main Cafeteria.
Presidents’ Round Table meeting, noon-1 p.m., 1023 Orr Major.
“Writing in APA Style—Questions You Have Had But Were Afraid to Ask,” open to undergraduate and graduate nursing students and students in the School of Allied Health, noon-1 p.m., 1010 Orr-Major.

April 13: Student Governing Council meeting, includes president and vice president elections for 2000-01 year, 5:30 p.m., 1016 Student Center.


The Department of Student Services staged the Second Annual Student Leaders Reception April 3 in the Francisco Lounge. Among the highlights were the announcements of the Student Leadership Award and—new for this year—the Student Organization Award. Shown above are members of the winning organization, Students for Women’s Wellness: Lisa Brown, left, Jennifer Miller, group President Carrie Swartz, group Advisor Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, and Sam Bauer. The group was chosen from among 34 student organizations. Below are Student Leadership Award winners Lisa Brown and Christopher Horton, who applied as one applicant, with Dean of Student Services Dorothy Knoll, PhD. More than 60 students were nominated for the Student Leadership Award this year.


Student Voice, Rainbow Awards to be announced

The winners of the Student Voice Awards and the Rainbow Award will be announced at the medical student spring formal, “A Grande Affair,” Friday, April 7 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
The Rainbow Award goes to a faculty member, resident or volunteer physician who teaches through example the art and science of medicine. It recognizes an individual who demonstrates professionalism, altruism, integrity, excellence and respect for others. The Student Voice Awards are given to the most outstanding educators, residents and departments. Both the Student Voice Awards and the Rainbow Award are chosen by student vote.

Front & Center

Five staff physicians and five residents received “Top Doc” awards on Doctor’s Day, March 30, based on votes by KU Med nursing staff. Among the honorees were Drs. Tamon Paige, left, Kurt Midyett, Charles Markowitz, David Ermer, Michael Moncure and Gottumukkala Raju.

Respiratory therapy student Heather Durow was among those working at the KU Allied Health Alumni Association April Fool’s Day Sale, Friday, March 31 outside the Main Cafeteria. Proceeds will benefit the KU Allied Health Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Oncology Nurse Clinician Ro Henderson, RN, BSN, OCN, of the KU Cancer Center presented the continuing education program “Update on Colorectal Cancer” March 30 in Clendening Auditorium.

On March 31, six lucky people each won a pair of Kansas City Royals home games tickets in a drawing staged by the KUMC Bookstore. Geri Stewart, Bookstore associate manager/accountant, did the honors and notified the winners: Mary Ann Allred; Meredith Crenshaw; Katie Dennis; Janice Loudon; Jessica Shepherd, and Christopher Smith.

Lillie Greer, a former KUMC employee, left, and Alversa Milan of the Mother to Mother Ministry were among the exhibitors at the Women’s History Month Expo, March 29 in Francisco Lounge. The ministry is an organization of Christian women that offers service and spiritual support to mothers of limited income. The Expo included a variety of resources available to women in Wyandotte County.

KONE employee Mike Chenoweth refers to a wiring diagram while servicing the F Elevator in the Delp Pavilion last week. KONE provides regular contract elevator service to KUMC.

Cancer Risk Counselor Jennifer Klemp, MPH, Clinical Oncology, presented the results of a study on gene mutation in women at high risk for breast cancer at the Tumor Prevention and Genetics International Conference 2000 last month in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The study was done by Klemp, Carol Fabian, MD, Clinical Oncology, who also attended the conference, Debbie Brady, BS, RN, Clinical Oncology, and Bruce F. Kimler, PhD, Radiation Oncology. 

Eric Lange was one of several KU School of Nursing students who worked at the KU Med booth during the Mission Area Chamber of Commerce EXPO 2000 job, health and art fair, March 30 at Mission Center Mall. Under the guidance of faculty members, students administered cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings to more than 200 people. The students will also analyze the data as part of a class project.

Programs in Allied Health, Nursing gain national recognition

Two KUMC programs are among the top 10 graduate programs nationwide, according to a recent publication by U.S. News and World Report. The “2001 Guide to Best Graduate Schools,” which went on sale April 3, ranked the KU speech-language pathology and audiology programs as the seventh and ninth best programs in the nation, respectively.
The physical therapy program and the School of Nursing’s masters degree program also received superior ratings. Physical therapy tied with four other schools at number 28, and the nursing masters program was listed as 36th—an improvement over last year’s rank of 39th.
“We’re fortunate to have such excellent programs,” said Lou Loesher-Junge, assistant dean of administration in the School of Allied Health. “Our programs in speech/hearing and physical therapy have existed for more than 50 years, and they continue to be outstanding.”
Rita Clifford, RN, PhD, associate dean for student affairs in the School of Nursing, was equally pleased.
“We’re proud our peers across the country recognize the School of Nursing for the high quality education our students and their future patients and employers expect and deserve.”
The audiology and speech-language pathology graduate programs are joint programs offered through the School of Allied Health and the KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. On the Lawrence campus, the special education program was named first in the nation for the fifth straight year, and the community health program was ranked fifth. 

Staff begins move to new School of Nursing Building

The long-awaited dream of a permanent, centralized home for the KU School of Nursing is about to move a step closer to reality, when the Dean’s Office, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Business Affairs move to their new quarters April 11.
Other areas of the school will move to the new 102,000-square-foot KU School of Nursing Building through April and May, and faculty members 
will move to new offices following the May 20 graduation. A grand opening celebration is scheduled for July, and other events surrounding the opening and dedication of the building are planned through October.

Heart of Healthcare program postponed

Due to activities related to the opening of the new Nursing Education Building, the KU School of Nursing has postponed the Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare awards program until the year 2001.
Kari Ziblut, program coordinator, said the program will begin again on January 1, 2001, when nominations will be accepted for the 11th awards program. Presentations are scheduled for August 2001 in Kansas City. 
Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare was established by the KU School of Nursing in 1989 to recognize outstanding nurses across metropolitan Kansas City and Kansas.

Women’s Health Symposium
KUMC Continuing Education will sponsor the 25th Annual Women’s Health Care Symposium, May 4-5 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. The conference, entitled “Women’s Health Care in the 21st Century,” will offer two full days of presentations by various KUMC health professionals, plus a pre-conference on medical Spanish, May 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. Registrations must be postmarked by April 17 to receive a discounted rate. Call ext. 8-4488 for more information.

All hospital and University staff and students are invited to join the KUMC team for AIDS Walk Kansas City 2000, April 15 in Mill Creek Park. AIDS Walk is a three-mile walk to raise funds for local AIDS service and educational organizations. KUMC team participants may raise funds through pledges or, for those who do not care to walk, direct contributions. The KUMC team will meet at 9 a.m. the day of the walk at the J.C. Nichols fountain in Mill Creek Park, just west of the Plaza. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Vickie Eaton, <veaton> or Mike Curtin, <mcurtin>.

Try 4 A Cure
Spend the day enjoying water aerobics, cycling and other fitness activities while helping to fund breast cancer research. The second annual “Try 4 A Cure” will be held Saturday, April 8, at the Prairie Life Health Center in Overland Park, Kan. The Health Center will offer free guest admission and classes throughout the day, with a donation encouraged. All donations will go to the Kansas Cancer Institute for breast cancer research. To register, call 913-648-8077. 

NIA class at Kirmayer
Kansas City instructor Carol Lett, OTR, will offer a free introductory class on NIA (Neuromuscular Integrative Action) from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Monday, April 10 in the Kirmayer Fitness Center Auxiliary Room. NIA is a mind, body, and spirit movement technique that blends such Eastern and Western disciplines as Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, jazz, ballet, modern dance and yoga. NIA is done barefoot; participants should wear loose comfortable clothing. You do not need to be a Kirmayer member to participate in this class, although registration is required. To register, call ext. 8-1532.

Cancer screenings
Free head and neck screenings to identify early cancers of the skin, mouth and voice box will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 21 at the ENT Clinic, 3rd Floor Sudler. Appointments are required. Call ext. 8-1227 to register.

MS Walk
The Mid America Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is now registering walkers for the 2000 MS Walk on May 6. Eight community walk locations are available: Butler; Northland; Independence; Leavenworth; Lee’s Summit; Warrensburg; Fairway/Plaza, and Sedalia. On May 13, Olathe will also host an MS Walk.

Participants should collect pledges prior to the event and walk six to nine miles. Proceeds benefit both national research and local MS programs. Volunteers are also needed to work at the events. For more information or to register, call 913-432-3926.

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INVACARE 9000 wheel chair, hydraulic back, exc. cond., black, used very little, $700. Call 913-438-5043.
Twin-size bed w/mattress, box springs & metal (red) headboard. Call 816-554-1346.

1994 Saab 900, leather int., 4-dr., 5-spd., V6, 77K mi, $8,500. Call 913-831-2829.
1988 Ford Bronco II XLT, 4 x 4, ALB, P/S, manual trans., needs engine, $500 OBO. Call 913-441-0470 after 4 p.m.
1997 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, white, fully loaded, rear A/C, roof rack, only 54K mi., exc. cond., must sell, retail $17,000, trade-in $13,500, will take best offer. Call 913-851-1111.
1989 Dodge Daytona ES, 5-spd., 4-cyl., 108K mi., 22/15 mpg, asking $2,500. Call Mike, 913-652-9759.
1986 Kawasaki Ninja 900, custom paint, runs well, need the money, make offer. Call 913-371-1536.
1992 Dodge Spirit. Call 913-492-1140 and leave message.
1986 blue Ford Escort, 1983 blue/gray Chevy El Camino, both in exc. cond., asking $3,500 for both vehicles, will also sell separate. Call Charles Moore, 816-840-4726.

For Sale: By owner, Lenexa location, large 4/5 BD house 2 full BA, 2 half BA, formal living, dining, fam. room/wet bar, finished lover level, corner lot w/sprinkler system, low 200’s. Call 913-631-3266.
For Sale: 3BR, 2BA house, 2-car garage, WBFP, cedar deck, wood floors in kitchen & entry, 7320 W. 152nd St., Overland Park, $158,500. Call 913-897-6237.

Free to good home, sweet little stray, male chow mix, 2 mos. old. Call 913-371-1536.

Auxiliary sale April 20

The KUMC Auxiliary will stage its spring plant sale Thursday, April 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Auxiliary Garden. The Auxiliary will also hold a bake sale in front of the Main Cafeteria the same day, starting at 8 a.m. All proceeds benefit the KU Medical Center.

April Lucky Numbers

The KUMC Credit Union Lucky Numbers for April are: 14277; 14279; 19157; 20078, and 20192. The Lucky Birthday is April 16. Prizes may be claimed at the Credit Union, 1037 Delp.


Friday, April 7:
• Pediatrics Grand Rounds, “Vascular Anomalies in Children,” 8 a.m., Lied Auditorium.
• Psychiatry Grand Rounds, “Sexual Dysfunction in the Chronically Mentally Ill,” 10:30 a.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
• KU Women in Medicine, Fiscal Awareness Tea, 2:30-3:30, Hixon Atrium.

Monday, April 10:
• National Stuttering Project Support Group, 7-9 p.m., 1018 Orr-Major.
• Heart of America Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7-9 p.m., Kansas City Kansas Community College, Continuing Ed. Bldg., 7250 State Ave., KC, Kan.

Tuesday, April 11:
• Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, 6-7 p.m., 5003 KU Med.
• Health Screening, “Take Hypertension to Heart,” 6-7 p.m., Picture Hills Family Medicine, 6515 N. Cosby, KC, Mo.

Wednesday, April 12:
• KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 2023 Wescoe.
• Ophthalmology Grand Rounds, “Hyperopic Refractive Surgery,” 4:45-6 p.m., G032 Lied.

Thursday, April 13:
• Kansas Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Lectureship Series, “Adjuvant Treatment of Breast Cancer,” noon, Lied Auditorium.
• International Programs, “The Human Cost and Challenge of Unresolved War Trauma: An Anthropological Look at Central Africa,” reception 4 p.m., History of Medicine Foyer, lecture 5 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
• Women’s Health, “Body Contouring with Cosmetic Surgery,” 7-8 p.m., KU MedWest.
• Interstitial Cystitis Support Group, 7-9 p.m., KU MedWest.
• Mastocytosis Support Group, 7-9 p.m., Prairie Room, Delp Cafeteria.

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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