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One ‘miracle’ weekend offers children hope throughout year

Within the next few days, many local children in need will find that hope—and even a miracle—is possible, as Kansas City opens its heart during the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) weekend, June 4-6.
The annual event, which includes a radiothon and telethon, is an opportunity for individuals and groups who have raised money for CMN throughout the year to make their donations on-air and be recognized for their support. Both programs also solicit additional funds through call-in pledges.
For this year’s event, CMN will stage the radiothon and telethon simultaneously—the first ever in Kansas City.

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Jahmai Still, 13, a Sickle Cell Anemia patient, is one of many children treated at KUMC who will benefit from this weekend’s CMN radiothon on Mix 93.3 and telethon on KCTV 5.

The radiothon kicks off at 6 a.m., Friday, June 4 and runs nonstop through 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 6. Broadcasting live from Independence Center on Mix 93.3, the event will be hosted by morning show husband-and-wife team Mike and Nycki. CMN hopes to raise $200,000 over the course of the three-day event.
Beginning at 10:40 p.m., Saturday, June 5, CMN will launch its annual national telethon. Carried locally on KCTV 5, the telethon will run through
5:30 p.m. Sunday June 6. This year, CMN has set a local fund-raising goal of $1 million.
During local 20-minute segments at 40 minutes past the hour Saturday night and from 8 a.m. to
1 p.m. Sunday, telethon hosts Anne Peterson, Russell Kinsaul, Katie Horner and William Jackson will meet with children whose lives have been touched by CMN, including many treated at KUMC.
Among those scheduled to share their stories are Jeremie Brumley. Born with cerebral palsy, CMV and addicted to drugs, Jeremie was not expected to live past 6 months of age. After many surgeries, the 16-year-old has just completed his sophomore year at Blue Valley North High School.
Two-year old Hadley DeHoff, who will also be featured, was in a motor vehicle accident and air-transported to KUMC. She spent five days in Pediatric ICU, a week in the Pediatric Pavilion and is currently going through rehabilitation.
Others scheduled to appear include
5-year-old Nicholas Myrick, who was diagnosed with leukemia last year, and 16-year-old Justin Levy, who was diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare skin disease, when he was two days old.
CMN is an international organization dedicated to helping children and their families. All funds raised locally stay in the area to benefit local families. KU Hospital receives a portion of all monies raised.


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Steve Smith to oversee materials management

The immediate focus of the Materials Management Department will be on process development, explained Steven E. Smith, KU Hospital’s newly appointed director of materials management.
“We hope to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations in the level of service we provide,” Smith said. “In addition, we will be aggressively pursuing value improvement opportunities in the goods and services we purchase.”
Formerly corporate director of materials management for a Chambersburg, Penn., hospital system, the Wisconsin native assumed his new role at KUMC last week.


Preceptors honored at June 9 reception
For those about to enter the field of nursing, nothing takes the place of learning from a practicing professional. On Wednesday, June 9, those nurses who helped teach this year’s senior baccalaureate and graduate nursing students from KU will be honored at a Preceptor Recognition and Reception.
The event, sponsored by the KU School of Nursing and the Continuing Education Department, begins with a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hixon Atrium, followed by a program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For the entire spring semester, each senior nursing student worked with a nurse who served as preceptor-instructor throughout the clinical experience. The professional practicum is designed to help students synthesize and integrate previous learning experiences and successfully make the transition from the academic to the professional world.


State and hospital employees invited to attend free LIFELINE/Stress Management Workshop

A free LIFELINE/Stress Management Workshop will be offered by the State Division of Personnel Services at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, in Clendening Amphitheater. The 1 hour workshop is designed to help participants’ develop strategies to manage stress, and to increase awareness of the resources available through the LIFELINE program.
The workshop is open to State of Kansas employees. KU Hospital Authority employees may also attend upon approval from their supervisors.
To reserve space, call University Benefits at ext. 5087.


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Cumming presents ‘What’s Happening’

KU Hospital President and CEO Irene Cumming presented “What’s Happening,” the first in a series of Progress Reports on KU Hospital, last week in Lied Auditorium. Additional sessions of “What’s Happening” will be presented Monday, June 7, at 7 a.m. in Lied Auditorium; Tuesday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Support Services Building (cafeteria); and Wednesday, June 9 at 12:15 p.m. in Wahl Hall East.


Food, fun & surprises at JCAHO Fair June 7
KU Hospital will stage the JCAHO Fair this Monday, June 7 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Delp Cafeteria. The Fair is open to everyone
on the KUMC campus, and will include information to help prepare for the upcoming JCAHO survey.
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Everyone who brings the entry form from the JCAHO Quiz Book will be eligible for hourly prize drawings. The event will also feature food, fun—and maybe a few surprises—so plan now
to attend!


Front & Center

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Flowers by Federico: Parking and Landscape Services staff member Federico Cabalse planted salvia last week outside the Main Cafeteria. Cabalse has planted flowers on the KUMC campus the last five years.

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James V. Traylor, CNMT, nuclear medicine supervisor (left), and Kirkman G. Baxter, MD, associate professor of radiology, expect the area’s first Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner to arrive June 14. Unlike X-Ray, CT, Ultrasound or MRI, PET images provide information about tissue function.

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Debbi Wagner of the Telecommunications Department was among the hundreds of staff and students who enjoyed the annual KUMC Credit Union picnic May 26.

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Author Jacque Rigg autographed her new book, Curing the Incurable, at KUMC Bookstore this week. The book details one woman’s successful battle with MS.

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From left: “Spring Is Just Around The Corner,” by Grace Stephenson, “Iris,” by Dorothy Catayoc and “Carmel Mission By The Sea,” by Mary Brennaman, are among the 36 original works in the Johnson County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit continuing through June 27 at Dykes Library.


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Breast pump: “Pump-In-Style ‘98,” barely used, $135; infant’s bouncy seat by Osh Kosh, never used, $20; Graco open top swing, never used, $45. Call 362-4028.
Kenmore gas stove, 22-inch, works fine, $125.
Call 262-0458.
Antique wardrobe, solid wood w/carving, $950; solid wood writing desk, $60. Call 671-8710.
Fuji Royale II 12-spd. racing bike, $50; two mint-condition printers: Apple Color StyleWriter 2400, $50, Apple Portable (weighs 2 lbs.) Color StyleWriter 2200, $75, close to KUMC. Call Jaz, 262-6379.
22-inch television and stand, stereo system includes amplifier. Call 649-5257 anytime or leave message.
Baby/kids sale, 8917 W. 48th St., Merriam (near Antioch & Countyline), June 4-5, 8 a.m.-? rain or shine, tons of clothes for girls (0-4T) and boys (0-2T), kids shoes (4-10), toys, furniture, etc.
Big garage sale, 4141 Eaton, KCK, Fri. noon-5,
Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-3.
Attic-porch sale, near KU, 3723 Bell, Sat. June 12, 8-6, vintage clothes & tools, lawn chairs, rolling garden bench, linens, art, frames, books (esp. mysteries), lamps, plants, rugs, room-sized woven mat, rattan, albums, Weber grills, antique auto spotlights, socket set, mega misc!!!
1984 Ford F150 pickup w/camper shell, auto, V6, 121K, $1,950. Call 441-8560.
1992 Nissan Maxima SE, 113K, exc. cond., $6,500. Call Gene, 671-8710.
1992 Voyager SE, 1-owner, very good cond., quad seats, 128K, $5,000. Call 631-7273.
Wanted: 2-3 BR home to rent, prefer location near KUMC, 1-year lease, no pets. Call 236-8731.
Wanted: 2 professional students or young professionals to share 3BR house in Brookside area, 2BA, C/A, W/D, attic fan, 1/2 fin. bsmnt., basketball goal, close to Plaza, Westport, KUMC, $375/mo. +1/3 utilities. Call 444-3953.
For Sale: Beautiful 3BR Westwood home on double lot @ 2413 W. 47th Terr., hdwd. flrs., remod. kitchen, front porch, large back deck, full bsmnt., new roof and furnace, $137,000 negotiable. Call 677-5808.
Free to good home: black labrador young adult male, friendly and smart, cannot keep due to allergies.
Call 262-5429.
Free to good home: 4-year-old female sheltie-mixed breed, all shots, spayed, house broken, very gentle. Call 599-1552.
Window unit air conditioner, to buy or rent for summer. Call 753-2693.
Personal care assistant for a 70-year-old independent paralyzed woman, low cost private room, bath and kitchen privileges in exchange for performing several small jobs, references required. Call Barbara, 631-9519 for more details.
Healthy males aged 18-40 wanted for metal allergy study. Financial compensation. Call ext. 6028.



Friday, June 4:
•    Neurology Grand Rounds, “Depression in the Neurological Patient—Diagnosis and Treatment,” noon-1 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
Sunday June 6:
•    Annual Memorial Service for patients, loved ones, former KUMC staff and others, 2-3 p.m., Spencer Chapel. If you would like to have someone included or wish to take part in the service, contact Susan Nielsen, ext. 5653.
Monday, June 7:
•    National Stuttering Project Support Group, 7-9 p.m., 1018 Orr-Major.
Tuesday, June 8:
•    “Promoting Physical Activity in Rural Communities: Can Walking Truly Make a Difference?” noon-1 p.m., Wahl West Auditorium.
•    Breast Cancer Weight Control Support Group, noon-1 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.
•    Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m., Family Medicine Clinic.
Wednesday, June 9:
•    KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 3041 Wescoe.
•    Hepatitis Support Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Delp Cafeteria.
•    “Menopause: Healthy Nutrition for the Transition,” 7-8 p.m., Community Room, KU MedWest.
Thursday, June 10:
•    Computer Basics for seniors, 10 a.m.-noon, G018, Wahl Hall West.
•    Research Seminar, “Ethnicity and End of Life Care Preferences,” noon-1 p.m., G567, KU Hospital.

Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor
Leslie Champlin - Writer
Jim Burton - Graphic Designer

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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