8 july 1999 Volume 1 Number 17
CARF commends Rehabilitations expertise and medical direction
In a significant event that is fast becoming routine, the Department of Rehabilitation
Services was notified July 1 that its medical rehabilitation programs have been awarded
three-year accreditation by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation
The action marks the fifth consecutive three-year accreditation awarded to the KUMC
rehabilitation program by the private, not-for-profit international accreditation body.
The notice follows an intensive two-day survey this spring of the programs
comprehensive integrated inpatient (adult) and brain injury comprehensive inpatient
components, as well as a separate speech-language pathology component.
The award, which represents the highest level of accreditation, is bestowed to
organizations that show substantial fulfillment of CARF standards.
Sara Dale Brandt, PhD, director of rehabilitation services. Her department received
its fifth consecutive three-year accreditation July 1.
We were very pleased with the outcome, said Sara Dale Brandt, PhD, director
of rehabilitation services. We received no deficiencies in patient care areas, and
we were commended for our staff expertise and excellent medical direction.
The CARF survey summary observed, It is evident that the focus of the overall
program is truly the person served and family.
A simultaneous survey conducted by CARF in collaboration with the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association noted, Overall, the speech and language services
at KUMC enjoy skillful leadership, qualified and motivated team members and a stimulating
Research, Academic Affairs leadership announced
Michael Welch, MD, formerly senior associate dean, research and graduate studies, has
been named vice chancellor for research. He will develop and coordinate the KUMC research
strategic plan and serve as president of the Research Institute.
Michael Welch, MD
Joseph Bast, PhD
Joseph Bast, PhD, has been named interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. Formerly
associate dean, research and graduate studies, Dr. Bast has been deeply involved with
academic affairs issues for several years. He will serve as interim vice chancellor until
a permanent replacement is selected for A.L. Chapman, PhD, who retired June 30.
Grahams motto: students success is stores success
Ask Kathy Graham what she likes best about working at the KUMC Bookstore and
shell answer without the slightest hesitation.
Its the students, she said. I love my students.
Graham, associate manager and buyer, recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the
bookstore. She is well known for taking a genuine interest in every student she meets.
Kathy wants to see every student succeed, said Andy Jett, director of the
Student Union Corporation. She treats students as individuals and helps them
understand what it takes to be successful. Shes definitely one of the key people who
makes our store a success.
Graham, who orders textbooks, reference books and medical instruments, is respected for
her expertise. Throughout her career, students and physicians have benefited from her
knowledge of the medical book industry when choosing texts for classroom and reference
Of all the different jobs Ive had with the bookstore, I like this one best
because it enables me to work more closely with students, she said. I enjoy
getting to know our students on a personal level.
This year Graham also celebrated 25 years of marriage with her husband David. Away from
work, the couple enjoys spending time with family and lavishing attention on their
I plan on working at the bookstore for many more years, she said. My
goals are to maintain a good relationship with the students and make sure they realize
they can always come to me for any kind of help they need.
Last week, colleagues honored Alice Junghans, center, retiring assistant
professor and former chair of the Department of Health Information Management, School of
Allied Health. Attending were Don Kellogg, interim chair, and Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD,
of the Schools of Allied Health and Nursing.
FY2000 tenure, promotions
Thirty-four KUMC faculty members from the Kansas City campus and seven from the
Wichita campus received promotions or awards of tenure July 1.
The awards for fiscal year 2000 included seven KUMC faculty members who were named
professor, one promoted to clinical professor, one to adjunct professor, 15 promoted to
associate professor and six who were named clinical associate professor.
Several of the promotions included awards of tenure. Five KUMC faculty members were also
hired with immediate tenure, and one School of Medicine-Wichita physician was awarded
New wellness programs
KU Meds summer wellness calendar is hot off the press. The 20-page booklet
features more than 70 entries for support groups, seminars and other community health
resources for people served by KU Hospital and KU MedWest.
New in this issue are school and sports physicals, a comprehensive, long-term weight
management program and classes offered by the community-based primary care clinics.
Covering July, August and September, the free booklet is available
at G114 KU Hospital.
Pediatric Delta Room helps families continue as families
Jill Ballou, RN, pediatric nurse and Kathy Davis, MS Ed, pediatric school teacher and
child life coordinator in the new Delta Room for patient care and family support.
The most traumatic experience a family is ever likely to endure is when a child becomes
seriously or terminally ill. From the moment of diagnosis, family life changes forever.
Days and nights are spent away from home. Siblings are separated. Sleepless nights are
spent in chairs. Meals come from a paper bag. The normalcy of life before the illness
becomes a distant memory.
The new Delta Room in the Pediatric Pavilion at KU Medical Center restores some of
homes familiar comforts, providing a place where the families of seriously ill
children can continue to be a family.
The idea was developed by Martha Barnard, PhD, associate professor, behavioral sciences,
Kathy Davis, MS Ed, pediatric school teacher and child life coordinator, and William G.
Bartholome, MD, MTS, professor of pediatrics and history and philosophy of medicine.
We wanted to offer families an environment other than the ICU where patient care is
provided and where the emotional needs of the patient and the family are met, Davis
The private Delta Room features windows on two sides, providing the patient and family
with natural light and a view of downtown Kansas City. An overstuffed sofa converts to a
double bed to accommodate a parent or sibling comfortably. There is extra closet space, a
microwave oven and a refrigerator.
The space and furnishings were secured with help from the national Delta Delta Delta
sorority. Roger Scoggin, RN, NICU nurse and interior decorator, designed the room.
Nurses, social workers and pediatric psychologists serving the Delta Room received special
training provided by Hospice of Kansas City. The 16-hour sessions address the integration
of patient care with support for the entire family.
The dying process should be a dignified, fulfilling experience, said Jill
Ballou, RN, KUMC pediatric nurse. Because the family has the resources of KU Medical
Center at their disposal, they can concentrate on their childs other needs, she
explained, adding, We want the child and the family to have good days.
The realization of the Delta Room illustrates the dedication of the multidisciplinary
teams involved in helping families navigate the toughest of lifes challenges.
The family brings us with them on this journey, explained Davis. Our
role is to provide support.
July paychecks will reflect reduced group life rates
Many State of Kansas and KU Hospital Authority employees will notice lower rates for
taxable group life insurance on their first paycheck in July.
The change affects those who receive an annual salary of at least $33,333.33. If you have
questions, contact your payroll office.
Additionally, both hospital and state employees will see new lower rates for optional
group life insurance on their July 23 paychecks. If you have questions, contact the
hospital or University benefits office.
Personally Yours Mendella double breast pump,
3 months old, all attachments, $179 retail, will sell
for $100 firm. Call Nancy at 829-5385.
1994 Bayliner Rondezvous 26 Deck Boat. 175 Mercury OB motor, Bimini and cover,
trailer included. Carpet and seats in great condition. Double sinks, porta potty (never
used), lots of storage. $15,500.
1982 Supercat ultralight kit plane, 900 Kawasaki engine. Plane is unfinished, plans
included. $3,000 obo. Call 962-4977.
Go-Cart and Trailer. Like-new White Fox II, two-seater, with 5 HP Tecumseh engine and
all-steel single axle trailer, originally $1,200. Selling for $900. Call 345-9524.
Moving sale. Dining table, couch, computer table,
TV stand, 19-inch TV, beds, bunk bed, lots of other items. Call 814-7384.
Basketball goal, good condition, free to home with kids. Golf clubs and bags, good to
near-new condition, cheap. Call 362-2492.
1986 Ford Ranger, 149K miles, V6, new tires and battery, some rust, runs good,
$600. Call Paul at
1994 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible GTC, 47K miles V6, new tires and brakes, excellent
condition, $7,500. Call David at 914-5051 or 341-6575.
1989 Toyota Corolla SR5, 2 door, black, 152K miles, power steering, a/c, 5 speed, $2,600
1986 Skyline Mobile Home, 14 x 60, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, central air/heat, 8 x 16
covered porch, 10 x 10 storage building, 20 minutes from KU, very good condition, $13,000.
Free kitten. Beautiful, friendly female tan tabby needs a good home. 13 weeks
old, affectionate and playful, litter box trained, sweet. Has had first two rounds of
vaccinations, very healthy. Call 962-4892.
Postdoctoral position available immediately to investigate therapeutic
effectiveness of bone marrow transplantation on experimental models of disease.
Call ext. 7420.
3rd Annual Molly and Matthew Kirse
Memorial Golf Tournament
Benefiting KU Childrens Center
Friday, July 23
Iron Horse Golf Course
15400 Mission Road
7 a.m. breakfast
8 a.m. shotgun start
$125 per player includes cart & green fees, golf shirt, continental breakfast,
buffet lunch, beverages, prizes.
For information call
Linda Schuck ext. 6301
Monday, July 12:
National Stuttering Project Support Group, 7-9 p.m.,
Heart of America Alliance for the Mentally Ill support group, 7-9
p.m., Kansas City Community College Continuing Education Building, 7250 State Line.
Alzheimers Disease Support Group,
noon-1:30 p.m., Delp Cafeteria.
Tuesday, July 13:
Kansas Cancer Institute Research Round Table,
Chemoprevention of Breast Cancer by Selenium Compounds: Model Studies, noon,
Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment,
1-2:30 p.m., Family Medicine Clinic.
Burn Survivor Support Group,
6:30-7:30 p.m., Hurlbut Recovery Pavilion.
How to Communicate with Your Physician, 7-8 p.m., KU
MedWest Community Room.
Wednesday, July 14:
Diabetes Self-Management Series,
9-11 a.m., Room 1107, KU Hospital.
Hepatitis Support Group, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Prairie Room.
KUMC Interfaith Discussion, noon-1 p.m., Room 3041 Wescoe.
Best Beginnings Parenting Class,
11:45-1 p.m., OB/GYN office.
Speech and Language Development in Young Children,
7-8 p.m., KU MedWest Community Room.
Thursday, July 15:
Burn Patient Family Support Group,
6-7 p.m., Burn Center Waiting Room.
Self Esteem: A Family Affair, 7-8 p.m.,
KU MedWest Community Room.
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