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22 JUNE 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 25

New resource center says ‘Welcome’ to area seniors

Seniors seeking health care information, hospital directions or just looking for a comfortable place to wait can make themselves at home at 
KU Med's new Senior Resource Center. The Center, which opened June 21st, is located just inside the front door of the hospital. The inviting décor mixes warm woods with Oriental and contemporary accents. “We wanted to make the Center a comfortable place for seniors,” says Connie Cogswell, Senior Care program manager, “but also a place where they can find the information they need.”

The Center includes a reception desk, waiting area, resource room, small conference room, kitchenette and two patient representatives’ offices. The waiting area is filled with comfortable chairs and a television. Coffee, soda and snacks are available from the kitchen area. The resource room offers the latest brochures on Medicare, social and community services, general health information, and health care services and wellness programs at KU Med. Seniors will also have access to a computer and the Internet.
The Center will be staffed by Edna Walker and volunteers. A formal grand opening is planned for next month.

KU Medical Center announces alliance with Children's Mercy

Connie Cogswell, Senior Care program manager, left, and Edna Walker, office assistant, are ready to welcome seniors.

KU Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital are announcing this week that they will collaborate in a joint endeavor in pediatric research, education and patient care. The Alliance for Children will utilize the combined strengths of both organizations to improve children's health services in greater Kansas City. (See "Executive Forum,")

Executive Forum

An alliance to celebrate

Irene M. Cumming
President and Chief Executive Officer 
KU Med

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

This week we are announcing an agreement that will benefit the health of the children throughout our community. We have formed an alliance with Children's Mercy Hospital for advancing pediatric medical education, research and clinical services. 
The collaborative effort is called the Alliance for Children. The community has responded very positively and views the collaboration as an opportun-ity to draw on the strengths and resources of two outstanding health care organizations. It is a positive bridge effort that will have a beneficial effect on children's health services. The strengths of each organization will be utilized as we move forward in planning and implementation.
The Alliance Advisory Council included members from both KUMC and Children's Mercy. The KU team included Donald F. Hagen, MD, executive vice chancellor and co-chair of the Council; Robert E. Hemenway, chancellor of the University of Kansas; Irene M. Cumming, president and chief executive officer of KU Med; and Deborah E. Powell, MD, executive dean of the KU School of Medicine.
There are now three sub-councils addressing collaborative goals and action plans in education, research and clinical services. Representing KUMC, Pam Shaw, MD will serve as co-chair of the Graduate Medical Education Sub-Council; K. Michael Welch, MD is co-chair of the Research Sub-Council; and 
Carol Lindsley, MD is co-chair of the Clinical Services Sub-Council.
The Hall Family Foundation has pledged its support of the Alliance for Children. We are grateful for their support of this innovative joint endeavor. 

KU Med resident receives Mead Johnson Award

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has recognized Melissa Cady, a 
KU Med senior resident, with the Mead Johnson Award for outstand-ing leadership in family medicine. Dr. Cady is one of only 20 family medicine residents to receive the award. The award carries with it a $2000 grant and an all-expense paid trip to the AAFP's Scientific Assembly in Dallas in September during which recipients will be honored at an awards brunch. "Personally and professionally, it is a huge honor to have my work as a resident in family medicine recognized," said Dr. Cady.

Melissa Cady

Dr. Cady's interest in medicine began at age eight when she was hospitalized for pneumonia. "
Dr. William Lentz, my own family physician as a child, was the doctor who inspired me to pursue family medicine," explains Dr. Cady. 
Dr. Cady graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1998. In July, She will become chief resident in the Department of Family Medicine at KU Med. Upon completion of her residency in 2001, she hopes to be able to combine a clinical practice with academic medicine. She is currently on an out-of-town rotation in Ft. Riley.

Healing arts and fine arts converge 

According to her business card, Nancy Tilson-Mallet, MD, FACP specializes in “internal medicine, geriatrics and art.” That these diverse interests are harmonious is apparent in “Silk & Sand,” an exhibition of her silk paintings of biological motifs, healing visions and pastels of Southwestern landscapes. The exhibition continues through June 30 at the Clendening History of Medicine Museum, first floor, Robinson Building.

“Purple Cliffs with Orange Hills”

The show consists of 25 exhibits, including 15 pastels of Dr. Tilson-Mallet's experiences in Arkansas, Nebraska and New Mexico. Also on display are 10 bright, patterned silk paintings that appear to be imaginative abstrac-tions, but actually are representa-tions of microscopic images that the artist first encountered while a student at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 
“I became fascinated with the beauty of microscopic slides while studying histology and pathology,” she explains. 
Dr. Tilson-Mallet presents aspects of her interests in a modest-size pastel self-portrait in “Silk & Sand.”
“My self-portrait reflects my dual nature,” she says. “The left-brained scientist who is methodical and analytical, and the right-brained creative spirit, who I refer to as ‘the purple lady.’ Usually, this duality lives in harmony and enhances each other. Other times they clash and fight.”
Dr. Tilson-Mallet is assistant professor of general and geriatric medicine at KUMC and a geriatrician with the Center on Aging. She lives in nearby Westwood Hills, where she maintains her art studio.

“Leukoerythroblastic Findings, Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia, Peripheral Blood”

“Silk & Sand” is sponsored by the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine and the Kansas University Endowment Association. 

Tele-KidCare is a model program

Kathy Archer, school nurse at ME Pearson Elementary School helps treats a young patient .
Photograph courtesy of University Relations, KU

Tele-KidCare, a partnership between KUMC Telemedicine Services and USD 500 in Wyandotte County, was recently honored by the Models That Work (MTW) Campaign of the US Department of Health and Human Services for increasing access to health care for children of low-income families. 
Tele-KidCare uses a two-way computerized videoconferencing to link sick children to a physician at the KU Med Pediatric Center. The school nurse can then call in a prescription, refer the family to other doctors or social services and perform all follow-ups. 
Gary Doolittle, MD, director of the Center for Telemedicine and TeleHealth; David Cook, PhD, associate director; and Deborah Swirczynski, Tele-KidCare coordinator attended the MTW Campaign's award ceremony held recently in Washington, D.C.

Front & Center . . .

Dr. Richard Korentager, assistant professor of surgery, provides skin cancer education and screenings for employees of Butler Manufacturing 
in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Korentager has presented similar programs for the employees of Owens Corning and Honeywell.

A retirement reception was held for Professor Lawrence P. Sullivan, PhD, who retired from the Molecular & Integrative Physiology Department. Professor Sullivan has been a member of the KUMC faculty since 1961. Pictured with Professor Sullivan is his wife, Florence.

Last year the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) adopted new patient pain standards. June Dahl, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in the field of pain management, helped develop the new standards and recently spoke about how the new standards affect the ways pain is assessed and treated at 
KU Med. Pictured with Dr. Dahl is Robert Twillman, Director of Psychosocial Services for the KU Cancer Center.

Celebrating the first anniversary of the Dialysis Center are some of the people who made it all possible. Kal Kerns, lower right, director of Renal Services, credits the nursing and dialysis staff for their input in the design of the center.

Kathleen Fuller, associate director, Cultural Enhancement and Diversity, wraps up a session of the minority health videoconference last week. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Medicine, the videoconference featured live Q&A sessions among 125 participating institutions. 

A reception was held June 16 for Grace Holmes, MD, who retired after more than 35 years in the Department of Preventive Medicine at KUMC.

Teresa Osburn of Manhattan shows her gratitude to Dr. Korentager after her recent surgery.

Winston Mebust, MD, former chief of Urology, was honored June 16 with the dedication of the Urology Library in his name.

Hospital anounces pay increase and bonus programs

Two new compensation programs being launched this summer will make KU Med employee pay ranges competitive in the market-place and provide rewards for outstanding performance.
The first, the Market-Based Pay Increase Program, will apply to full and part-time KU Med employees who are not covered by a union contract.
The program is two-fold. First, it is designed to bring the pay ranges for each position to levels more competitive with market conditions. “This is an important part of our overall strategy of retaining and recruiting the best possible workforce,” says Margaret Block, vice president of human resources for KU Med. “We want to be paying competitively for each position and focusing our re-sources where they need to be.”
Another goal of the pay increase program is to look at where individual employees are positioned within their pay ranges and make adjustments so that they are paid equitably in relation to their peers. 
The second program, called the Exceptional Performer Bonus Program, ties compensation directly back to outstanding performance, says Block. It allows managers to give financial rewards to their employees for exceptional efforts and contributions. 
Full-time and part-time employees who have been on the job at least six months are eligible for the bonus. Managers will have the opportunity to recommend bonuses for exceptional performers on a quarterly basis. 
“The pay increase and bonus programs are part of the promise made to employees when the Hospital Authority was first established-that we would make compensation more competitive and find ways to reward outstanding performance,” says Block. “And there are more programs to come.”
Block says full details of the programs will be given in department staff meetings, and that an announcement letter from Irene M. Cumming, president and chief executive officer, will be sent to employees in the next few days.

Changing the way the world sees albinism

They are the subjects of myths and misconcep-tions. They are thought to have bright red eyes and magical powers. People assume, in error, that they are blind or deaf or developmentally disabled. 
They are people with albinism, a genetic condition that causes them to have little or no pigment in their eyes, skin or hair. They are often ostracized because of their appearance.
Rick Guidotti wants to change that, and he's doing it in the way that he knows best. A fashion photographer by trade, Guidotti has devoted himself to interviewing and photographing people around the world who have albinism. He presented his photos and findings at Lied Auditorium June 16, sponsored by the Occupational Therapy Education department and the Genetics Division of the Department of Medicine.

Rick Guidotti

“When you try to force people to be aware of albinism, they want to look away,” said Guidotti. “But if you use beauty to teach them, they learn and appreciate.”

Summer hours begin
Summertime hours are in effect for many facilities on the KUMC campus including:

• Dykes Library
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

• Bookstore
Mon-Fri: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Kirmayer Fitness Center
Mon-Thurs: 5:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Fri: 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun: noon-9 p.m.

Register now for Jog
Runners may register early for the 2nd annual Jayhawk Jog, a 5K and 10K run to be held at Shawnee Mission Park August 5. The run is sponsored by KU Medical Center, Southwest Airlines, KU Edwards Campus, Kansas Alumni Association and Quivira Sports-club. The advance registration fee is $18 for those who register before July 21; $20 from July 22 to August 4; $25 for those who register August 5. Advance registrants will receive a T-shirt. Entrants will be divided into age groups up to 70+. Entry forms are available at the main cafeteria, Kirmayer Fitness Center, the Alumni and Community Relations office at 1028 Murphy and online at A registration table will be outside the main cafeteria July 11-12, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Post-race activities include an appearance by the KU Spirit Squad, health screenings sponsored by KU MedWest, and a Tot Trot for children led by Big Jay and Baby Jay. For more information or to volunteer, call the Alumni Association at 800-KUHAWKS or 913-248-U4KU in Kansas City.

Golf tournament July 10
The City of Fountains Golf Tournament benefiting the KUMC Cancer Institute will take place Monday, July 10 at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence. To register, contact Rebecca Hegarty at 8-4732 or no later than June 23. 

Freshmen girls from Shawnee Mission School District came to KU Med last week for an introduction to genetics research, as part of the district's first-ever Biotechnology Institute for Girls.

Debra Collins, left, genetic counselor with the Genetics Education Center, led the students through a simulated cytogenetics lab before taking them on a tour of the real thing. Earlier they were treated to a gene research presentation from Doug Bittel, Ph.D., research assistant professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

For Sale:
Catalina swimming pool, above ground, 4' x 13' x 21' demo, never used, fully equipped with pump, filter, ladder, etc., $2000. 785-842-3092.
Black and Decker 180 volt Pro Power drill, $80; solid oak dinette w/four chairs, $400; Pfaltzgraff stoneware dishes, set of eight, $60. 913-831-4820.
A/C window unit, 18,000 BTU, like new, $225; A/C unit, one room, 5,000 BTU Carrier model, $85; upright frostless food freezer, late model, $175. 913-384-3378.
Total gym workout set, adjustable, convenient, like new, $100 OBO. 913-236-4535.
Bedliner for Nissan, good condition, $70; Schwinn Traveler 12-spd bike, looks and rides like new, $75. 816-746-1216.
Whirlpool double oven gas range w/electronic igniter, $75; Whirlpool Powerclean under counter dishwasher, $100; good condition used carpet, 250 sq. ft., beige. 913-541-9139.
White Jenny Lind crib and changing table, play pen, great condition. 913-248-1477.

1990 Dodge Spirit LE, 4-cyl, runs great, good gas mileage, a/c, 133K mi., $2200. 816-561-3145.
1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE, dark iris, 60K mi, must sell; 1988 Ford Escort station, over 100 mi., $500 OBO. 913-248-1477.
1997 Dodge Intrepid 3.5I ES, exc. cond., a/c fully loaded, maroon, 89K mi., $7500 OBO. 913-385-9771.
1998 Acura Integra LS, 4 cyl. 1.8L, 21K mi, AM/FM compact disc player, a/c, aluminum alloy wheels, all power, moonroof, $16,000. 913-624-6613.
1993 Jeep Cherokee Country auto., 89K mi., looks and runs great, $7000 firm. 913-631-8128.
1994 Honda Accord EX, black, 4-dr, moon roof, aluminum wheels, $8800 neg. 816-767-1757.

For Rent: 1 BR, 900 sq. ft. apt., located 3 blocks from the Plaza, new carpet, fridge, microwave/electric ovens, totally remodeled, private entrance, pets considered. 816-668-6010.

Study Subjects Wanted:
Patients between 20-78 years old who have been previously diagnosed with diabetes and are NOT taking any diabetes medication. You may be eligible to receive diabetes medication, glucose monitoring supplies, study-related medical care and testing. Contact Glee Peters, RN, BSN, 913-588-3960.
Persons age 6-65 years with mental retardation and aggression, destructive behavior and/or self injury wanted for drug study. May also have autism. No seizures for the past year. Conatct Dr. Jennifer Zarcone, ext. 86473


Friday, June 23
• Pediatric Grand Rounds, "Dengue Fever/Hemorrhagic Dengue", Ana Carolina Sanchez, MD, 8 a.m., Lied Auditorium.
• Deadline to sign up for City of Fountains Golf Tournament. Contact Rebecca Hegarty at 8-4732.

Monday, June 26
• Alzheimer's Disease Support Group, noon-1:30 p.m., KU Med, Delp Cafeteria.
• Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.

Tuesday, June 27
• Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m., KU Med Family Medicine.
• Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, 8 a.m.-noon, KU Med, ENT Clinic, 3rd floor, Sudler.

Wednesday, June 28
• Diabetes Self-Management, 9-11 a.m., KU Med, Cray Diabetes Center, Rm. 1107.

Thursday, June 29
• Burn Patient Family Support Group, 6-7 p.m., KU Med Burnett Burn Center waiting room.
• "New Trends Across the Continuum for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: The Role of Radiotherapy", 11:30-1 p.m., Clendening Auditorium.

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

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