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10 AUGUST 2000 • Volume 2 • Number 30

Senior Resource Center reflects commitment to senior health care

Area seniors and KUMC staff were treated to refreshments and tours of the new Senior Resource Center (SRC) at an open house held Wednesday July 10. The SRC is located just inside the main hospital entrance. 

Charles Neece, Kansas City, Kan. and Connie Cogswell, senior care program manager, enjoy the SRC open house.

The center features a comfortable waiting room, Internet access, health and wellness information and access to community resources. “The SRC shows we’re really committed to senior health care,” says Connie Cogswell, Senior Care program manager.
An attentive staff will help get seniors to and from doctor’s appointments, help arrange transportation, coordinate services and arrange physician referrals.

The following statement was released August 7, 2000:

Settlement was reached today by the State of Kansas, the Board of Regents, the University of Kansas, five former employees of the University of Kansas and Dr. Jon F. Moran, former director of the University’s heart transplant unit. Dr. Moran had previously filed suit contending that officials of the University had made public statements that unfairly placed the blame for the heart transplant program problems on him. The University contended it was not the intention of any of the statements to place the blame on Dr. Moran.
Dr. Moran was the principal heart transplant surgeon at the University for nine years. During that time, he participated in more than 70 heart transplant operations performed at the University and was the attending physician of record on more than 75 percent of those cases. The actuarial one-year survival rate of those heart transplant patients was more than 90 percent, and the three-year survival rate was approximately 84 percent. The success enjoyed by the program over that time period is in large part a tribute to Dr. Moran’s skill as a surgeon. Dr. Moran’s actions with respect to the heart transplant program were undertaken, in his opinion, to ensure patient safety. Dr. Moran made attempts to address patient care issues affecting the program’s viability. During the spring and summer of 1994, Dr. Moran requested the program be suspended. On November 4, 1994, Dr. Moran resigned from the program.
In 1998 the University of Kansas separated the Hospital from the State. The University of Kansas Hospital is now governed by the Hospital Authority Board. In 1999, the 
Hospital received accreditation with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and has continued to achieve many successes.

Executive Forum

KU Med: Growth means new challenges

Irene M. Cumming
President and Chief Executive Officer 
KU Med

As we review our performance during FY 2000, which ended June 30, it is clear that we have had another successful year at KU Med.
On October 1, 2000, we begin our third year as the Hospital Authority and we must continue to challenge ourselves to maintain our growth and success. Our success depends on three key factors - excellent delivery of services, quality patient care and recognition as the area’s academic medical center. Attention to these three factors will take us to the next level of our transition and success.
KU Med must concentrate on improving how we deliver our health care services to those who seek our services. We have improved our patient satisfaction; we have a goal for even greater achievement in FY 2001. Our position as the only true academic medical center has differentiated us in the marketplace. And now, we must deliver the differences, day in and day out.
Integration is a key for our continued success. We must integrate our services throughout the medical center and in all of our locations. We must integrate our services with our physicians, the University and referring physicians. Our work must appear seamless and well coordinated to our patients. To make this happen, I am redefining the roles of our senior executive team. I have asked Jon Jackson to take charge of this vital effort. No one knows more about our institution than Jon and there is no one I trust more for this task.
Bob Page-Adams will be the new senior vice president and chief operating officer of KU Med. He will assume the responsibility of making sure we deliver our services with the highest level of quality and patient satisfaction to achieve superb outcomes. Bob has an outstanding history of achievements, both here at KU Med and with the BJC Health System in St. Louis. He has introduced and implemented many important quality improvement initiatives over the past four years at KU Med and I am confident that he has the necessary skills to direct us to the next level of success. 
We are a dynamic organization, buoyed by the success of our first two years. We have come so far in a short time. We must continue to embrace change to achieve sustained growth, improvements in the delivery of care and strengthen our marketplace position as a premier academic medical center. We cannot fall behind. We must be prepared for the future. 

SoN associate dean receives fellowship

Michael R. Bleich, RN, PhD, associate dean for clinical and community affairs in KUMC’s School of Nursing (SoN), was one of 15 nursing leaders recently selected for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program. The first male to ever receive this three-year fellowship, Bleich will use self-directed learning activities for in-depth, comprehensive leadership and skills development.
Bleich will develop new business models for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists through the Kansas University HealthPartners, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that coordinates practice opportunities for SoN and School of Allied Health faculty. Bleich serves as the executive director and chief operating officer. 
“The experience and knowledge he gains will not only be invaluable to his own personal and professional development but also to the continued growth of our clinical and community endeavors,” said Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, dean of the KU Schools of Nursing and Allied Health.

Michael R. Bleich, RN, PhD

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.

Memorial service offers comfort for grieving families

A special memorial service for parents, grandparents and family members whose infants have died will be held Sunday, August 27 at 2 p.m. in Spencer Chapel on the KUMC campus. The service was started five years ago by KU Med’s mother/baby unit as part of their bereavement services. “It’s just an extension of the care we offer,” explains Susan Dana, RNC. “It gives families a chance to acknowledge that they had a child.” The service is open to anyone whose infant has died. Participants are invited to have their baby’s name printed in the program and may bring a picture or some other remembrance of the baby. The service is officiated by both KUMC Protestant and Catholic chaplains and features music by KUMC employees.
When an infant dies at KU Med, the parents are given a fabric-covered box containing mementos from the infant’s stay. “These things can help with the grieving process,” says Dana. “At about four to six months after the death, families are afraid they have forgotten what their child looked like and it’s nice for them to have something to remind them.”
At the service, parents will be presented with a live Monarch butterfly to release as a symbol of their child. 
“We use a poem on the program by poet Jeanne Noehring called ‘For Hearts That Had Hopes and Dreams’,” says Dana. “It begins, ‘This is for all the caterpillars that never became butterflies...’”

Front & Center . . .

Tiffany Spratt, Pediatrics nurse, gets recertified at the Basic Life Support (BLS) Marathon in Wahl East. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the marathon is held every other month to certify and recertify medical personnel in CPR and basic life support practices for adults, children and infants.

Junior Volunteer Eric Rankin, right, receives a certificate of appreciation and a gift from Marilyn Coup, organizational improvement. Eric is the son of Denise Rankin, administrative assistant in the Hospital Executive office.

Second-year medical student Bill Featherston gives new students the rundown on the Emergency Medicine Interest Group at the Student Activities Fair in the Kirmayer gym. The annual fair gives incoming medical students a chance to join and find out about student organizations.

Isaiah Ford dons his white coat with a little help from School of Medicine dean Deborah Powell at the third annual White Coat Ceremony on August 4. Ford was one of 175 first-year medical school students entering the School of Medicine. The ceremony was established to symbolize the students’ entry into the medical profession and to welcome them to the medical center campus.

First-year medical student Brook Allen of Wichita is thinking of going into family medicine but is also leaving her options open. 

James Dotson, Mission, Kan., has his blood pressure taken by June Belt-Marchesi, RN, MSN, adult and geriatric nurse practitioner, at the Senior Resource Center open house.

KUMC senior nursing student Megan Fuchs helps out at a health screening for Blue Valley School District employees.

Junior volunteers make a difference at KU Med

Junior volunteer Katie Buck, left, receives a certificate of appreciation from Marilyn Coup, Organizational Improve-ment, at a recent recognition ceremony.

Seventy junior high and high school students from the Kansas City area participated in this summer’s Junior Volunteer program at KU Med. The students worked in 39 different departments, performing such tasks as delivering the mail, escorting patients to appointments, running errands and delivering flowers.
The program gives students an opportunity to learn about volunteerism and get some real-life work experience. About one-third of this year’s junior volunteers are the children of KUMC employees. “They brought enthusiasm and energy to KU Med,” said Paula Gangel, volunteer coordinator.
The students worked in 28 clinical areas and 11 clerical areas and assisted in more than 1,800 errands, including the delivery of more than 750 flower arrangements. 
At a recognition ceremony in Battenfeld audtorium, the volunteers received certificates and gifts. Mary Ball, vice president for Public Relations and Marketing, thanked the students for their hard work and told them, “you have made a real difference.”

KU Med editor wins award

Rosemary Hope, editor of KU Med magazine, has been awarded the Robert G. Fenley Writing Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Group on Institutional Advancement. Hope won for a feature story, “Traffic Flow and Digestive Woes,” on the KU Med Motility Center. The competitive award is given annually in memory of the former chairman of the group and carries a $250 cash award. 

Rosemary Hope

KU Med is published four times a year by the University Relations department. Hope has been with the publication for 11 years and has been the editor for about two years. “We try to showcase the strengths of the institution and put a human face on it,” says Hope. She will receive her award in Chicago on October 28.

Get Speedway tickets!

Thanks to our health care provider partnership with the Kansas Speedway, KUMC employees can purchase Speedway tickets for the inaugural 2001 season before they go on sale to the public.
Tickets are available for the RPM (Racing’s Premier Ticket Plan) package. RPM includes the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on July 7, the Indy Racing Northern Light Series on July 8, the NASCAR Busch Series on Sept. 29, and the NASCAR Winston Cup on September 30. Package prices range from $170 to $270.
Open to KUMC employees only. Tickets are on sale until noon on August 14. To purchase tickets call Michael Sloan at 81488 or come to Room 1003 in the hospital. 

Supervisor training 
A training program for classified supervisors, offered by the KUMC Human Resources department, will be held beginning September 14. The “SuperTrax: Leadership in Action” course consists of ten modules, each addressing a specific component of leadership. The program is mandatory for all classified supervisors. To enroll, complete the enrollment form on Pulse at or call 85099. The deadline for enrollment is September 1.

Student resources director appointed
Teresa Halski has been appointed Director of Student Resources, Wellness and Diversity. She succeeds Anne Flaherty, who was appointed Assistant Dean of Students/Registrar.
Halski received her undergraduate degree from Truman State and her Master’s degree from the University of Iowa. She has held positions in the Leadership, Education and Development office, Academic Achievement Program office and the Office of Student Development at the University of Iowa, Coe College and Kirkwood Community College.

KU football kickoff
Get the scoop on this year’s KU football season from head coach Terry Allen at the Football Kickoff at Mill Creek on August 17. The party, to be held at Mill Creek Brewing Company, 4050 Pennsylvania in Westport, will feature door prizes, appetizers and drink specials. John Holt, WDAF-TV anchor, will be part of a pep rally featuring Jayhawk football alumni and mascots. No registration is required. For more information call 913-248-8458 or 800-584-2957.

New health care contract
KU Med and Kansas University Physicians, Inc. (KUPI) can now provide expanded health care services to patients who are covered by Prudential Healthcare. 
Under the new contract, effective July 1, Prudential Healthcare patients and members may access all KU Med and KUPI services except psychiatry, physical therapy and outpatient laboratory services. 
More than 93,000 people in the Kansas City metropolitan area have Prudential Healthcare. For more information on this or other managed care issues contact the KU Med Managed Care department at 81479.

1988 Oldsmobile ‘88, one owner, clean and in great mechanical condition. $1200, 913-339-9393.
1994 Buick Regal Gransport, two-dr., teal, gray leather, new 6 yr. unlimited radial tires, new A/C, $7900 OBO. 913-962-2167.

For Sale:
Two Chiefs tickets w/Red Reserve parking permit. Great seats, Sec. 322, Row 2, aisle seats, approx. 35-yard line. Game 1: Sun., Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. vs. SF 49ers. Game 2: Sat., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m. vs. Jacksonville Jaguars. Asking face value $106 per game ($45 per seat + $16 parking permit). Also 8-game regular season Red Reserve parking permit. Asking face value: $128.  913-469-6412.
Yard Sale. Sat., Aug. 19, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Big appliances, clothing, household items, books/videotapes and lots more. 4432 State Line Rd.

Free to good home. Nine-week-old black and white male kitten. Cute, loving, used to children and other cats. 913-383-2339 evenings.

For Rent:
Furnished loft w/private bath in 3 bdrm. sharehome, walking distance to KUMC. $350/month plus 1/3 of utilities. Also furnished 1 bdrm. w/carpet, A/C, washer/dryer. $250/mo. plus 1/3 of utilities. 4138 Springfield. 816-468-5411.

Volunteers Wanted:
Volunteer to work on KUMC’s float for the upcoming Rosedale Parade and Festival, Sept. 9. Help assemble and paint the float on Tues., Aug. 22, 5-7 p.m. Employees and family members are also needed to ride on the float and pass out candy the day of the parade. Also, two volunteers are needed to dress as JayDoc and JayNurse. Call Shelley Bratton at 81252.


The July 13 issue incorrectly reported the following people received promotions or were hired in the School of Medicine. It should have read School of Allied Health:
Promoted to Associate Professor: Janice K. Loudon, PhD, and Lisa Stehno-Bittel, PhD, both Department of Physical Therapy Education (with tenure). Hired with immediate tenure: Susan E. Carlson, PhD, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. We regret the error.

coming up

Friday, August 11
• Tickets on sale outside the main cafeteria from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for KUMC Back-to-School Day at Worlds of Fun, Sat., Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The cost is $18.95 or $7.95 for those 4 years and under or less than 48” tall. For more information call 85148.

Monday, August 14
• National Stuttering Project, 7-9 p.m., KU Med, Orr-Major, Rm. 1018
• Heart of America Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7-9 p.m., Kansas City Kansas Community College, Continuing Ed. Bldg., 7250 State Ave.

Tuesday, August 15
• Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m., KU Med, Family Medicine
• Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, 6-7 p.m., KU Med, 5th fl., Rm. 5003

Wednesday, August 16
• Back-to-school physicals, 1-4 p.m., KU MedWest, 7405 Renner Rd., appointments are required.
• Anxiety Support Group, 4-5:30 p.m., KU Med Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic, Rm. 1320.

Thursday, August 17
• Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7-9 p.m., KU Med, Orr-Major, Rieke Auditorium.
• Look Good and Feel Better, 5:15-7 p.m., KU Med Radiation Oncology Conference Room

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

Mary King and Toni Wills, Senior Writers
Ann Clemens, Graphic Designer
Laurel Garrett, Associate Editor

In The Center, a weekly employee and student publication of the University of Kansas and KU Med, is published by the KU Med Public Relations and Marketing Department. Send story ideas to Mary King, G114 Hospital, e-mail: <mking>; 8-1298 or Toni Wills, e-mail: <twills2>; 8-1846.

Ad Policy Send or bring your ad to G114 KU Med, or fax to ext. 8-1225, or e-mail: <lgarrett> 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 student box number) for verification. Only home phone numbers–no pager numbers or work extensions–will be published. Please include area code. 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 if space is limited.

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