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27 april 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 17

Karen Miller invited to serve on national nursing advisory council

Karen Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the Schools of Nursing and Allied Health, has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice of the Health Resources and Services Administration. This four-year appointment to the advisory council, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is effective immediately, and will run through Jan. 31, 2004.
In accepting the appointment, Dean Miller becomes one of only 23 members nationwide selected by DHHS Secretary Donna Shalala to be members of the prestigious council.

Dean Miller

The council advises and makes recommendations to the secretary of health and human resources and Congress on policy matters relating to nursing, including workforce issues, education and practice improvement. The council may also make specific recommendations regarding programs administered by the Division of Nursing, in order to enable legislation that enhances public health through nursing. In addition, the council functions in conjunction with the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages, and the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. 
“This a wonderful opportunity not only to help shape nursing education and practice but also to represent both the School of Nursing and the KU Medical Center at the national level,” said Dean Miller, who recently completed a term as chair of the Executive Council for the National Institute of Nursing Research’s National Advisory Council. 

Tele-KidCare program selected for Smithsonian award

The Tele-KidCare project, a partnership between KUMC Telemedicine Services and the Kansas City, Kan., public schools, was recently chosen to participate in the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Award Program. Telemedicine Director and Associate Professor of Clinical Oncology Gary Doolittle, MD, represented KUMC at the program, held in Washington, D.C., April 2-3. 
The program recognizes outstanding applications of information technology throughout the world. Of 3,000 nominees, Tele-KidCare was one of 444 organizations chosen to participate. Research submitted by participants will become part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. 
“We consider this a great honor that reflects the dedication and hard 
work of the pediatricians at KU Med, the Kansas City, Kan., school nurses and administrators, and the staff of KUMC’s Center for TeleMedicine and Tele-Health,” Dr. Doolittle said.

Tele-KidCare uses interactive computer technology to allow children in school nurses’ offices to communicate with and be diagnosed by physicians in the KU Med Pediatric Clinic.

Nutrition, nurse anesthesia, respiratory care offer vital services

Providing excellent medical and surgical care at KU Med and other medical centers requires a true team effort. In addition to surgeons and other health care professionals, the services of dietitians, nurse anesthetists and respiratory therapists are often central to the treatment of patients.
At KUMC, the School of Allied Health prepares students for these professions through three rigorous education programs.
For those interested in becoming a registered dietitian (RD), the graduate programs offered by the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition offer two degree tracks: one for RDs who are interested in advanced study in clinical dietetics, and one which includes a dietetic internship with advanced study in clinical dietetics. Areas in which students may conduct research include studies related to food habits, dietary analysis, the impact of medical nutrition therapy for various disorders and nutritional assessment.
Excellent opportunities for RDs exist in a variety of health care settings. For more information, call ext. 8-7683, e-mail <rbarkley>, or visit the web site
Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) are well versed in the theory, techniques, and administration of anesthetic agents. Nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia to surgical and obstetrical patients, provide acute and chronic pain management, and deliver support for the care and resuscitation of the critically ill. The growing demand for anesthesia services has created a wealth of employment opportunities for the nurse anesthetist as a clinical practitioner.

Respiratory Therapy Team Leader Greg Baker, RRT, shows student Thy Dobnick how to adjust a ventilator to increase patient comfort.

Registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree can earn a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia in a program that requires 30 months. The department also offers a master’s degree completion program for practicing CRNAs with an undergraduate degree. This program requires 18 months. Graduate requirements include didactic course work, independent studies, a thesis, a written comprehensive exam, and a field-based clinical practicum. For more information, call ext. 8-6612, e-mail <nanesthe> or visit the website nurseanesthesia/.
Respiratory care requires strong technical as well as strong people skills. Registered respiratory therapists (RRT) treat individuals suffering from disorders affecting the cardiopulmonary system, which range from chronic diseases such as sleep apnea, asthma and occupational lung disease to acute problems resulting from pneumonia, traumatic injury and shock.
To earn a baccalaureate degree in respiratory care, students must fulfill two years of liberal arts prerequisites and two years in the professional program, including a summer session. In the clinical specialty practicum during the senior year, students select a concentration in adult critical care, pulmonary diagnostics, pulmonary rehabilitation, polysomnography, management, education, neonatal critical care or hyperbaric medicine. For more information, call ext. 8-4630, e-mail <pmathews> or visit

Deborah Powell, MD, was treated to a surprise celebration on April 14, the third anniversary of her appointment as executive dean of the KU School of Medicine. Dr. Powell was honored for her leadership with a number of awards and gifts, including a kinetic sculpture from Women in Medicine (representing all faculty), an inscribed trophy from medical students and a KU scarf from the dean’s office staff.

Admitting staff increases referring physician data collection

One of the keys to success at KU Med is providing exceptional customer service to patients, staff and medical professionals throughout the community. With that thought in mind, the hospital Admitting Department began a concentrated effort last year to gather more information about incoming patients’ referring or primary care physicians. The result: From May 1999 through March 2000, the Admitting Department increased data collection by 26 percent.

Members of the Admitting Department celebrated their success in increasing data collection with a luncheon April 12. The department is led by Manager Cheryl Taylor, fourth from left.

Gathering data about referring physicians when patients are first admitted has a number of benefits for both referring physicians and KU Med staff members. Once gathered and entered into the hospital’s SMS computer system, the department generates a letter to the referring physician advising when the patient was admitted and how to contact the attending physician. When the patient is discharged, the Medical Record Department sends a letter to the referring physician summarizing the patient’s treatment and status.
“Capturing more accurate and complete data allows us to communicate better to the physicians who refer their patients to KU Med,” says Assistant Director of Relational Marketing Julie Amor. “By keeping referring physicians informed about the status of their patients, we can build and maintain better relationships between physicians throughout the city and the state, and our health care professionals at KU Med. This ends up having positive effects for the entire hospital.”

Epilepsy Center recognized

The staff of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center recently received a Certificate of Recognition from the Epilepsy Circle of Support, a coalition of groups which provide support and information for epilepsy patients and their family members. The center received the award for its excellent patient care and ongoing research into epilepsy treatment.
Researchers at the Epilepsy Center are nationally known for their discovery of a mathematical formula to predict the onset of seizures. Recently, presenters at the National Epilepsy Research Conference cited this study as a benchmark, one that is changing the future of epilepsy research. The Epilepsy Center’s latest project involves testing a device that could be implanted in an epileptic patient’s brain to warn them of seizures in advance. 

At the KU Allied Health Alumni Association annual Spring Reception April 19, Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH, shown at left with Dean Karen Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, was selected Honorary Alumnus. Dr. Studenski, professor of General and Geriatric Medicine and director of the Center on Aging, was honored for her efforts to forge new relationships and strengthen interdisciplinary activity between the School of Allied Health and the Center on Aging.
Richard Sahlfeld, with KU Med President and CEO Irene Cumming and Dean Miller, was named the 2000 Allied Health Distinguished Alumnus. Sahlfeld, director of the Medical Record Department, received a post-baccalaureate degree in medical record administration from 
KU Medical Center in 1974. 

Front & Center

KUMC volunteers, staff members and friends gathered in the Francisco Lounge April 19 for the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Among those recognized for their hours of service by Volunteer Services Coordinator Marilyn Coup, right, were Rosemary Yule, above left, 6,500 hours, Leroy Stoll, 2,500 hours, and Connie Juno, 7,500 hours. Enjoying the festivities were KU Med Sr. Vice President and COO Jon Jackson, left, KU Hospital Authority Board members Edward Chapman Jr. and Eric Jager, and KU Med President and CEO Irene Cumming.

KUMC employees and visitors lined up to sample the goodies at the KUMC Auxiliary bake sale April 20. At left, Executive Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen, MD, and his wife Karen, a member of the Auxiliary, purchased bedding plants at the Auxiliary plant sale, held the same day.

Craig Davis, left and Ron Valdiviez of KONE Elevator review their progress while hoisting the drive shaft to the Number 17 elevator in the Sudler Link last week. The shaft was removed to replace the ring gear, shown at front, and the worm gear.

Susan Mong of Volunteer Services recently announced that she would resign her position as senior coordinator of Volunteer and Ambassador Services. Mong, who will stay home to care for her young children, will officially leave KUMC May 1.

At the April 19 KUMC Interfaith meeting, the Rev. Gary Langston of the Crystal Rainbow Chapel “smudged” participants with sage in a spiritual purification ceremony. The ceremony followed the Rev. Langston’s presentation “Connecting with the Heart,” which explored the speaker’s personal quest to reclaim his Native American heritage and his experiences in spiritual healing. 

Scott Burk was one of several organ transplant recipients who appeared at the Midwest Transplant Network display table during National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, April 16-22. Burk was cured of a life-threatening kidney disease when he received a donated kidney in 1994. The display was sponsored by the KU Med Donor Advisory Council.

Patrice Delafontaine, MD, professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at Geneva University, presented a seminar on “Insulin-Like Growth Factor I - From Basic Research to Clinical Implications for the Cardiologist” April 24 at KUMC.

Eight-year-old Carson McMullen showed his cookie-decorating 
skills April 18 at the annual Archway Cookie Party for children in the Pediatric Pavilion. Archway Cookies is a national supporter of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). From May 1 through 27, the company will donate a percentage of all cookie sales to CMN. 


First place winners of the Student Research Forum were invited to give their presentations at the Sigma Xi April symposium, April 19. Pictured winners are Malaika Woods, School of Medicine graduate student, left, Vicki Ross, School of Nursing, and Michael Howard, School of Medicine medical student. 
Debra Park, far right, was the second place winner for the School of Allied Health. She presented at the Sigma Xi symposium in the absence of first place winner Jennifer Kimberly.

Upcoming events

April 28: KU School of Nursing Senior Celebration, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, Hyatt Regency Crown Center. Sponsored by the Association of Undergraduate Students in Nursing.

May 1-2: Community Outreach Program (COP) Information Fair, 11 a.m.-
1 p.m., Stoland Lounge. Sponsored by COP and the Department of Student Services. For more information, e-mail Jennifer Day 
at <JDAY>.

Stage is set for May 6 Street Fair

Summer is approaching, and KUMC will kick off the season with its annual Street Fair, sponsored by the Student Governing Council. The event will be held Saturday, May 6, noon to 6 p.m., in the blue and red parking lots at the corner of 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. As always, the fair is open to the public. 
This year’s activities will include a day-long entertainment stage with live music, carnival games for children, a moonwalk, face painting, rock climbing, sumo wrestling, a pie throw and dunk tank, arts and crafts for sale, food from area restaurants and free blood pressure screenings. 
“This will be a fun-filled event that KUMC students, faculty, and staff can bring their family and friends to,” said Jason Eppler, Student Governing Council member and chair of the Street Fair committee. “The entire Kansas City community is also invited, which should provide a unique opportunity for us to interact with our surrounding communities.”
In addition to being a fun, family-oriented event, the Street Fair is a fundraising project for two local charities. All proceeds will go to the Rose Brooks Women’s Shelter and City Union Mission.

Jennifer Day, left, Sarah Searle, Lindsey Wannamaker and Robert Dary were among the nine members of the Kansas University Student Nurses (KUSN) organization who attended the National Student Nurses’ Association national convention in Salt Lake City April 12-16. 
At the convention, KUSN received the Silver Circle Award for membership.

Preventing Violence
The University Human Resources Department and the University Police Department will present “Preventing Violence in the Work Place” from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 11. The class is free and open to University employees; KU Med (hospital) employees must obtain permission from their supervisors to attend, as a fee is charged. The class location will be announced. For more information or to enroll, call ext. 8-5099.

KC READS grant
The KC READS literacy program recently received $6,000 to purchase books for children. The funds are part of a $3.2 million grant from the State 
of Kansas to the Kansas City, Kan., school district to promote literacy in five of the district’s highest risk school populations. KC READS is a grant partner with the school district. It is the only Reach Out and Read program in the nation to successfully work in collaboration with a school district to obtain such funds. 

Pediatrics Symposium
The Department of Pediatrics, KUMC Continuing Education and the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics will sponsor the 2000 Annual Pediatrics Symposium on May 5 in Lied Auditorium. The day-long program is entitled “Issues for Pediatricians and Other Health Care Professionals.” For more information, call ext. 8-4488, e-mail <ceinfo> or visit the web site

Kirmayer programs
Looking for a way to stay in shape this summer? Kirmayer Fitness Center is offering a variety of classes and intramural sports programs. Summer classes will begin Monday, May 8. Sign up now for Yoga I/II (combined class), to be held each Monday night, 5-6 p.m. Or join the brand new NIA class, an eight-week exercise in harmony of the mind, body and spirit. Plus, Early Bird Registration for summer intramurals will be May 8-19, and all games begin the week of May 28. Available sports include co-ed softball and co-ed sand volleyball. Players do not have to belong to Kirmayer, but must be eligible for membership. For more information, call ext. 8-7706 or e-mail <ahowle>.

Parking hearing
The KUMC Parking Committee will hold its annual Public Hearing May 16 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. in Lied Auditorium. Proposed changes to the Parking Policies and Procedures that will be discussed at the meeting can be found at

I scream, you scream
Get ready to scream for ice cream on the Dairy Queen “Million Dollar Day” Saturday, May 6. On that day, Dairy Queen will donate a percentage of all proceeds to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Help Dairy Queen help CMN by visiting the Dairy Queen nearest you. A portion of all funds raised locally for CMN benefit KU Med pediatrics programs.

Solid oak super single waterbed w/bookcase headboard, standard mattress replacement & original free flow water mattress included, exc. cond., $150. Call 913-897-0932.
Small kitchen table & 2 chairs, $75; 8-person Sears Hilary tent w/2 rooms, used 3 times, $100. Call 913-599-3106 after 5 p.m.
Wooden swing set/play yard, climbing ropes & 2-level “fort” area, new $350, sell for $100 you haul, $200 delivered & set up. Call 913-469-1229.
Real nice 27’ travel trailer, well maintained, sep. bedroom, bath, A/C & heat, eclectic hitch & power TV antenna. $4,000; 14’ alum. flat-bottom boat, 7.5 HP gas motor, trolling motor & trailer, $750. Call 913-369-3752 between 6-9 p.m.
Antique mirrors (3); Depression furniture (buffet, china cabinet, dresser). Call 816-224-3599.
2 floor seat tickets for Tina Turner-Lionel Richie Twenty-Four Seven Tour, May 19 at Kemper, asking $158.50 face value. Call 913-469-1229.
“Little Tykes” outdoor activity set w/slide. Call 913-393-3669.
1979 Ranger 17’ boat, 150 HP Mercury Black Max, SS prop, t/m, new batteries & H-Bird finder w/speed & temp., w/trailer, ready to go, $3,500. Call 913-342-6758.
1970 fiberglass 16’ boat, bomber style, stick steering, 60s Chrysler 45 HP motor, new battery, t/m, w/trailer, runs, $800. Call 913-342-6758.
Ladies size large scrub pants, only worn 4 times, colors purple, hot pink, turquoise, also 2 tops, button front, 1 solid pink, 1 multi-color, all mix & match, $10 ea. Call 913-287-1184. 

1991 Mazda MX-6 DX, 110K mi., exc. cond., $3,500. Call 913-441-5479.
1989 Pontiac 6000 LE, 4-dr., remote start/entry, loaded, A/C, 2 child car seats, great car, $1,800. Call 913-342-6758.
1991 125 street bike, blue, runs good, $500. Call 913-369-3752 between 6-9 p.m.

For Rent: 4BD, 2BA house at Med Center, garage & off street parking, A/C, W/D hook ups, hardwood floors, no pets, $1,300/mo. Call 816-932-5539.
For Rent: 3 BD, 1BA house, deck & patio, all appliances incl. washer/dryer, 2 car attached garage/double lot, no pets, great location, 7550 Booth Drive in Prairie Village (just off 75th & State Line) 10 min. from KUMC, 1 block from a 24 hr. HyVee, avail. June 1, $830/mo. Call 913-642-7854 for more info. or to schedule a time to see.
For Rent: 2BD house near Swope Park, close to bus line & schools, avail. May 1, $350/mo., w/deposit. Call 816-916-6979, leave message.
For Rent: Sharehome, within walking distance of KUMC, 4138 Springfield, need single roommate, central A/C & heat, mostly furn., washer/dryer, avail. immediately, $300/mo. plus 1/3 utilities. Call 

Summer nanny, May 30-July 31, M-F , 7:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 3 children (13, 10, & 6), in my home in Overland Park, must have own vehicle, salary negotiable. Call Dawn, 913-685-4346.
Ride, near downtown KC, Kan., to arrive at KUMC 6-6:30 a.m. Call 913-281-1078 after 5:30 p.m.


Friday, April 28:
• Pediatrics Grand Rounds, “Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault: When ‘Just Say No’ Doesn’t Work,” 8 a.m., Lied Auditorium.
• Psychiatry Grand Rounds, “Psychopharmacological Underpinnings of Antipsychotic Action,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, Clendening Amphitheater.
• National Institutes of Health Roundtable CenterNet Broadcast, “MRI in the ER,” 11 a.m.-noon, Sudler Auditorium. 

Monday, May 1:
• Prostate Cancer Screenings, KU Med Cancer Center, call ext. 1227 for appointment.
• Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.

Tuesday, May 2:
• Kansas Cancer Institute Research Round Table, “Scott County Public Health Concerns: A Role for Agrimedicine,” noon, Lied Auditorium.
• Center on Aging Lecture, “The Effects of Exercise on Measures of Inflammation, Disease Activity and Aerobic Fitness Among Rheumatoid Arthritis Participants in Either Class Exercise, Home Exercise or in a Control Group,” 4-5 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.

Wednesday, May 3:
• Outcomes Management and Research Seminar, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Wahl West Auditorium.
• KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 2023 Wescoe.

Thursday, May 4:
• Interdisciplinary Research Seminar, “Effective Recruitment Strategies for Clinical Trials: The Kick it at Swope Experience,” 7:30-8:30 a.m., G404 KU Med.
• School of Medicine Faculty Forum, 4-5 p.m., Clendening Auditorium.
• “Long Term Management of Diabetes,” 7-8 p.m., State Line Family Care, 7611 State Line, Kansas City, Mo.

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.

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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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