15 july 1999 Volume 1 Number 18
Partnership initiatives praised, Highlight of JCAHO
A bright spot of the recent JCAHO survey was the recognition and acclaim given the
Medical Director-Hospital Director Partnership program. JCAHO surveyors noted that they
had observed only one other partnership this year, and it wasnt nearly as impressive
as the KU Hospital program.
The physician surveyor said the program here was one of the highlights of the
survey, said William Barkman, MD, MSPH, associate professor of internal medicine,
who accompanied the surveyor during the site visit. They gave us high marks and said
it was a strong, exciting program.
The medical-hospital partnerships build strong bonds between physicians and hospital
staff, and results in the best outcomes for patient care, added Susan Pingleton, MD,
professor and division director of pulmonary medicine, and head of the partnership effort.
The KUMC partnership program is a multidisciplinary initiative between physicians and
other health care professionals, which is designed to help maintain and improve patient
care in a cost-conscious, managed-care environment. Partnerships are organized into two
groups, one focusing on operational issues associated with nursing unit services, and the
other focusing on services utilized across multiple nursing units.
Therapist Angela Bosch, RRT, and Shift Supervisor David Northrup, RRT, say patients
benefit from the new RT-directed weaning protocol developed through a medical-hospital
The purpose of the partnerships is to improve the quality of patient care and
increase patient satisfaction, Dr. Pingleton said. During the JCAHO survey,
the surveyors were pleased that most of our performance improvements came through the
medical-hospital partnership programs.
Partnership initiatives over the past year have included everything from developing
treatment protocols and chemotherapy administration policies to establishing new care
centers and services. Currently, 24 partnership initiatives are underway.
One project that has increased patient care quality and decreased costs is the development
of an adult respiratory care weaning protocol. As explained by Homer Rodriguez, RRT,
director, Respiratory Therapy Department, the decision to begin the weaning process from
mechanical ventilation was previously made on a case-by-case basis by the attending
physician. The medical staff and RT staff have now developed a protocol allowing
respiratory therapists to make specific interventions based on patient evaluations.
The patients certainly benefit by having a team of professionals working together
to quickly free them from their dependency on a machine, Rodriguez said. These
protocols are an example of how Respiratory Therapy Services is able to stay on the
leading edge of respiratory care by working with our physician and nursing partners.
As a result of the protocol, the average length of patient stay in intensive care has been
reduced from 9.2 days to 6.8 days. The average cost savings per patient has also been
reduced from $1,057 to $961.
As this example shows, medical-hospital partnering efforts are clearly a benefit to
hospital staff, physicians, and most important, patients.
Year 2000 effort shifts to contingency planning
With some preparations for the Year 2000 date change ahead of schedule, the
University of Kansas Medical Center is on target with our overall Y2K plan, reported
Bill Mumford, director, Hospital Information Systems.
This plan included an assessment and analysis of all hospital equipment with computer
chips and a hospital-wide remediation of any equipment not proving to be Y2K compliant.
This first phase of the Y2K plan is being wrapped up and the second phase, focusing on
contingency planning and application testing, is underway.
Based on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) methodology, the process at KUMC identifies
the individual critical tasks required to continue performing our core business, assumes
scenarios based on not having essential services or supplies, such as power or water, and
develops alternative methods for meeting those needs for a defined period of time.
We used OR as a benchmark, said Malcolm Cunningham, Y2K project manager.
Its critical process is to be able to perform non-elective surgeries. So we look at
medical supplies, staffing and communications methods and develop contingencies for not
having these. The folks in the OR jumped right into the process and did a great job.
By the end of this month, each department will have completed a document detailing its
core processes, its interdependencies and the contingencies it has developed for each
What we are doing is not just for a one-time event, explained Jon Jackson,
chief operating officer, KU Hospital. This is vital information that could be used
at any time.
Hightower is director of facilities management
Dan Hightower has recently joined KUMC as director, facilities management. Hightower
will oversee the maintenance, construction and architectural planning groups.
Hightower is formerly associate director of the National Institutes of Health, Office of
Research Services Division of Engineering Services. He has a masters degree in
architectural engineering from the University of Kansas, and more than 20 years experience
in various positions with the U.S. Public Health Service.
It is a great pleasure to welcome Dan back to KU, said Ed Phillips, vice
chancellor for administration. After a distinguished career in the U.S. Public
Health Service he brings a wealth of architectural and engineering experience to the
I wanted a position with a university, particularly one with a school of medicine
and research, Hightower said. KU Medical Center provides all of that.
KUMC in the news
During the past week, local media reported on the following stories at KUMC:
Thursday, July 8:
KSHB-Channel 41 featured Pamela McCoy, MD, emergency medical
services, on the dangers of being out too long on a hot day.
Wednesday, July 14:
KMBC-9 profiled a patient taking part in the Study of Tamoxifen
and Roloxifene (STAR). The story also featured Debbie Graham, program director, and
Cecelia Atherton, RN, ARNP, of the Kansas Cancer Institute.
KC Promise pledges better life for youth
KU Medical Center is a leading participant in a three-year community-wide initiative to
help the areas 375,000 children and youth live a safe and successful life. For its
ongoing efforts, the medical center has been selected as a national model.
The program, Kansas Citys Promise, is a local response to the national
Americas Promise-The Alliance for Youth. Launched in 1997 by President Clinton and
all the living former presidents, the program is designed to obtain specific, quantifiable
commitments from area organizations and businesses to provide children access to five
fundamental resources: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, marketable career
skills and opportunities to serve.
We will mentor 200 youth by the year 2000, reported Shelley Bratton, senior
coordinator, Alumni and Community Relations, and coordinator of the program for KUMC.
We are currently working with Rosedale Middle School and area high schools and have
increased our Junior Volunteer level by 20 percent.
KUMC has also promised to add six job shadowing programs; create an inter-generational
after-school program; give 1,500 children a new book; provide a medical history
passport for 1,370 foster children; double its telemedicine school sites, and
establish a speakers bureau to high-risk youth, Bratton said.
Diane E. Clark
KUMC is the only area institution to make such a broad-based pledge. When the program
concludes, KUMCs promises will have impacted an estimated 4,500 children and youth.
This is one reason why KUMCs program was selected by Gen. Colin Powell,
Americas Promise chairman, as a model Promise site, one of only three medical
centers in the nation chosen for this distinction.
Were honored with being placed in the Americas Promise National
Directory for our commitment and leadership in helping the youth of America, Bratton
Its too early to quantify the results, said Diane Clark, program
director, Center on Aging. Clark now serves as chairperson of the governing council of The
Volunteer Connection, the group which tracks and reports on the status of promises and
programs in the Kansas City area. But we know there are more youth volunteers and
more adults involved in the lives of children as a result of this program.
KUMCs participation in Kansas Citys Promise is coordinated through the Alumni
and Community Relations Office. To volunteer, call Bratton, ext. 1252.
Masons give another $225,000 to Cancer Institute
The Kansas Cancer Institute (KCI) received a major contribution to its effort to fight
cancer with a $255,000 grant from the Kansas Masonic Foundation. The gift brings the
foundations total contributions to KCI to $3.5 million since 1974. Based on a KCI
proposal earlier this year, foundation board members approved the award at their annual
meeting in June.
Weve all been touched by cancer, either directly or indirectly, and our
members agree that the research programs we support at the Kansas Cancer Institute are
making a difference in the fight against these diseases, said Jerry VanAllen,
foundation executive director. Cancer is not a legacy we want to leave for our
children or grandchildren.
Front & Center
Allison Ediger, above left, and Candice Beek of the School of Nursing enjoyed some
refreshing ice cream from the Maggie Moos that opened in the Main Cafeteria this
week. Arshia Kalantari, right, owns and operates the concession with his father.
Sarah Thorton, left, Devin Carr, Kelly Blackwell and Joshua Crosier were among the 15 KUMC
junior volunteers who attended Discovering Careers in Health Care at Country
Club Christian Church July 13. KUMC was a sponsor of the health careers conference.
Brittany and Joey Wilcox, Independence, Mo., were among the fans meeting KC Royals
mascot Sluggerrr at KUMC July 9, who was on hand to promote ticket sales for KUMC Night at
the Royals, July 24. Employees attending pre-game festivities should report to Lot K at
Kauffman Stadium, behind the Royals scoreboard, by 5 p.m.
On a July 6 visit to KUMC, Kansas Congressman Dennis Moore, above right, discussed the
KUMC trauma program with Michael Moncure, MD, FACS, assistant professor of surgery and
director of the trauma center. The congressman also toured the Emergency Department with
Pamela Hite, MD, clinical assistant professor and associate director, emergency medical
Mel Allen, MBA, director, major division of radiology and assistant administrator of
organizational improvement, left, will receive a 1999 Nycomed Award for Excellence from
the American Healthcare Radiology Administration (AHRA), July 28 at the AHRA Annual
Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Allen is being recognized for his exceptional innovation,
leadership and administrative capabilities.
Workers began removing concrete Monday to install a large, wheelchair accessible
revolving door and new granite facade at the KU Hospital main entrance. Employees are
asked to use the far south and north doors of the entrance until the project is completed
late this year.
In this issue we recognize five physicians who have recently affiliated with KUMC,
representing a variety of departments and supporting the broad range of services and
continuity of care provided to patients.
Karen Santa Cruz, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory
Medicine. Dr. Santa Cruz completed medical school at the University of ArizonaCollege
of Medicine and an internship and residency in pathology at the University of California
at Irvine. She practices at KUMC and specializes in neuropathology.
Sharon E. Cain, MD, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Cain completed medical school at the KU School of Medicine where she also completed a
residency in general psychiatry. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and
Neurology in psychiatry and child psychiatry. She practices at KUMC and specializes in
Jinna S. Chen, MD, assistant professor, Department of Radiology.
Dr. Chen completed medical school followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at the
University of Oklahoma and a fellowship in pediatric radiology at Childrens Medical
Center of Dallas. Dr. Chen is certified by the American Board of Radiology. She sees
patients at KUMC and specializes in pediatric radiology.
Deborah R. Hellinger, DO, assistant professor, Department of Radiology, completed medical
school at the University of Health Sciences, Kansas City, Mo., and a rotating internship
and residency in diagnostic radiology at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. Certified by the
American Osteopathic Board of Radiology, Dr. Hellinger sees patients at KUMC and
specializes in general and musculoskeletal radiology.
Pushpa N. Joseph, MD, assistant professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management,
was recently appointed director of the Pain Management Clinic. Dr. Joseph completed
medical school at Government Medical College at Calicut, and an internship in internal
medicine, a residency in anesthesiology and a fellowship in pain management at the State
University of New York. Dr. Joseph is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
She sees patients at KUMC and specializes in anesthesiology and chronic pain management.
Savings bond campaign
During the savings bond campaign now underway, State of Kansas employees are
encouraged to purchase EE U.S. Savings Bonds through payroll deduction, which can be in
amounts as low as $5 per paycheck. A bond is issued when its purchase price (half the bonds
face value) is accumulated in an employees account. Interest is free from state and
local taxes; federal tax is deferred until the bonds are cashed. To enroll, contact the
Medical Center Benefits Office, 1044 Delp, ext. 5087. The campaign ends Aug. 31.
Cancer Action 5K
The KU Cancer Center will sponsor the Cancer Action Grand Prix Fourth Annual 5K
Run/Walk on Saturday, July 24, at the General Motors Fairfax Plant. This timed event on a
flat, certified course raises funds for Cancer Action, which provides medicines,
equipment, transportation and nutritional supplements to needy KUMC cancer patients. A $15
tax-deductible registration fee includes a T-shirt, refreshments and the chance to win
door prizes. To register, pick up an entry form at the KU Hospital Information Desk or the
Cancer Center front desk, or sign-up on-line at www.crn.org/canact. Dont forget to
mention you are a member of the KU Cancer Center Team. For more information, call Cancer
Race for the Cure
The Sixth Annual Kansas City Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the
Cure is set for Sunday, Aug. 8, at Town Center Plaza, 119th and Nall. The event, which
raises funds to fight breast cancer, consists of a 5K Run/Walk and a one-mile Fun Walk.
This year, the Kansas Cancer Institute and the KU Cancer Center are joining forces to
organize the KUMC team, which requires a minimum of 10 people. For more information,
contact Pat Adams, ext. 4718.
Kirmayer summer bonus
Start or renew a membership at Kirmayer Fitness Center by Aug. 13 and get a free
massage. A payroll deduction membership qualifies for a half-hour massage. An annual
membership rceives a one-hour massage. Members can qualify for the bonus regardless of
their membership expiration date.
The application deadline for tuition assistance for the fall 1999 semester is
July 29. All full-time State of Kansas employees who have worked at KUMC at least six
months are eligible to apply. Applications are available at the Medical Center Benefits
Office, 1044 Delp, or by calling ext. 5099. Applications are also found on Pulse at www.kumc.edu/hr/training/tuition.
Bike safety fair Aug. 7
Bring your kids and their bicycles to the Wyandotte County Fair for the KUMC bicycle
safety fair. Therell be door prizes, a Life Net landing, a MAST ambulance tour and
more as children over 2 learn about bike, traffic and personal safety. The free event is
Saturday, Aug. 7, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Wyandotte County Fair Grounds, 1405 North
98th Street, Kansas City, Kan., next to the rodeo arena.
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight CD tent, 3 season, 2 person, approx. 3 lb. 10 oz.,
5 x 20 packed, used 5 times, exc. cond., $100. Call 931-3369.
1983 Executive Runabout boat with 140 HP Merccruiser inboard/outboard, low hours,
stainless steel prop, Fishfinder, accessories and trailer included, exc. cond., $4,200.
Refrigerator, GE Model 18, never been used, internal ice maker, 1 year warranty, $449 or
OBO. Call 894-9756.
Murray convertible rear bagger mulcher lawn mower, 21, 4 HP Tecumseh, very easy
start, $50. Call 722-5735.
Maytag commercial coin-operated washer, works, $50, you pick up, near KU. Call 722-0702.
1920s solid oak table, 60x40, 4 leaf, 6 chairs, 2 captain, all refinished,
$1,000, matching buffet, $300, together, $1,200. Call 362-9234.
Garage Sale: Furniture, dishes, linens, womens clothing, collectibles, decorative
and misc. items, Walnut Hill Farm Bed and Breakfast, 10326 Richland Ave., Edwardsville,
follow signs west from Kansas Ave., exit on 435 or north from Edwardsville stoplight, July
23 and 24, 8 a.m.
1987 Nissan pick-up, 112K miles, A/C, very dependable, perfect cond., $2,500.
1997 Tracker LSI, 4dr., 21K miles, 5 spd., cruise, A/C, AM/FM cassette, $14,000. Call
1984 Toyota Celica ST, 160K miles, gold, auto., A/C, many parts new, maint. record, runs
and looks great. Call 248-0283.
1990 Nissan 300ZX, twin turbo, T-top, smoke colored, leather int., fully loaded, 110K
miles, $8,000 OBO. Call 432-4088.
Carpenter needed to make one drawer only for a chest of drawers. Call 362-1288.
Tuesday, July 20:
Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m.,
Family Medicine Clinic.
Hernia Repair, 7-8 p.m., KU MedWest Community Room.
Wednesday, July 21:
Diabetes Self-Management Series, 9-11 a.m., 1107 KU
Best Beginnings Parenting Class, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., OB/GYN
KUMC Interfaith Discussion, noon-1 p.m., 3041 Wescoe.
Anxiety Support Group, 4-5:30 p.m., Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
Clinic, Room 1320.
Thursday, July 22:
Lung Transplant Support Group, noon-2 p.m., Westwood
City Hall, 47th and Rainbow.
Osteoporosis Support Group, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Kansas City Physical
Therapy, 5800 Outlook.
Burn Patient Family Support Group, 6-7 p.m., Burn Center Waiting
Back-to-School Physicals, KU MedWest, call 588-8400 for an
Please post your events and meetings
on the Pulse Campus Events Calendar, http://www2.kumc.edu/calendar/.
The story on the Pediatric Delta Room that appeared on page 3 of the July 8 In The Center
contained an error. Space for the Delta Room is provided by KU Hospital. Furnishings are
underwritten by the hospital and the national Delta Delta Delta sorority.
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