26 AUGUST 1999 Volume 1 Number 24
Planning, team effort earns hospital accreditation with
when KU Hospital employees began preparations early this year for the Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) survey, they knew they had the stuff
to truly Shine in 99. Now, JCAHO has officially confirmed it.
KU Hospital President and CEO Irene Cumming and Chief Operating Officer Jon Jackson
expressed jubilation upon receiving the letter announcing the official JCAHO survey
In a letter received by KU Hospital President and CEO Irene Cumming early this week,
JCAHO Executive Vice President Russell P. Massaro, MD, announced, The Joint
Commission is pleased to award accreditation with commendation to your organization as a
result of your most recent survey. This accreditation status applies to all services
offered by your organization that have been surveyed by the Joint Commission.
We are extremely pleased to have achieved this designation, Cumming said.
Everyone here goes the extra mile on a day-to-day basis to provide the best possible
health care to our patients. To receive accreditation with commendation is just the icing
on the cake.
Receiving accreditation with commendation is a significant achievement, one that
recognizes exemplary performance by KU Hospital, said JCAHO President Dennis S.
OLeary, MD. The organization should be commended for its commitment to
providing quality care to the people in its community.
JCAHO surveyors noted a number of highlights during the June survey, including a strong
commitment to continuous improvement as evidenced by the many performance improvement
initiatives throughout the hospital. Surveyors were also impressed with the Medical
Director-Hospital Director Partnership program, which has created strong bonds between
physicians and hospital staff and spurred a number of programs to improve patient care.
In an upcoming TV commercial, Assistant Professor of Medicine Patrick Moriarty, MD,
will discuss JCAHO and the commendation. The TV spots will appear in mid-September along
with print ads.
Our efforts to improve performance throughout the hospital through the FOCUS-PDCA
process really paid off, said Jon Jackson, chief operating officer. Everyone
should be commended for their efforts, both within individual departments and across
multiple areas and disciplines.
Dr. Massaro agreed. This outstanding level of achievement reflects the successful
efforts of your organization to provide high quality care for those you serve.
September Progress Report locations announced
KU Hospital President and CEO Irene Cumming will present the second series of
Progress Reports beginning Sept. 1. These sessions will cover the
hospitals financial outlook and the organizations development. Progress
Reports will be presented at various times to make it possible for employees from the day,
evening and night shifts to attend. Video tapes and printed materials for departments with
staff unable to attend may be requested by calling ext. 1227.
Wednesday, Sept. 1 10-11:30 a.m. Lied Auditorium
Thursday, Sept. 2 7:30-9 a.m. Wahl Hall East
Wednesday, Sept. 8 5:30-7 p.m. Wyandotte Room
Thursday, Sept. 9 12:30-2 p.m. Wahl Hall East
Wednesday, Sept. 15 7:30-9 a.m. Lied Auditorium
Wednesday, Sept. 22 6-7:30 p.m. Wahl Hall East
Thursday, Sept. 23 10-11:30 a.m. Wahl Hall East
Preparing our students for their lifes work
It is a great privilege to welcome this years new and returning students to the
KU School of Medicine. You come to us with high expectations and you are part of a proud
and long-standing tradition.
Deborah E. Powell, MD
Executive Dean, School of Medicine
To fully appreciate the core mission of the University of Kansas, just walk down the
first floor corridors of Delp, Wescoe, Murphy and Sudler to view the neatly framed photos
of KUs medical and nursing school graduates.
One of these medical alumni was present at the recent White Coat Ceremony for the incoming
class of 2003. William McEachen, MD, class of 1959, a retired pediatrician from Shawnee
Mission, attended not as a father or grandfather but as a proud mentor of Michael Howard,
a former patient who wanted Dr. McEachen to be there for him. Over the past 16 years,
several of Dr. McEachens patients have entered medical school at KU, and Dr.
McEachen is understandably proud of his proteges. He said, I always told them that
no matter what changes may occur in health care, therell always be a need for
doctors with strong clinical skills who care deeply about people.
We have a huge responsibility to prepare our students for their lifes work. At the
KU School of Medicine, we not only promise a diploma and medical degree but also a
warranty. Thats right. When our students graduate, we will guarantee their
competency to practice medicine. To do this, the faculty is continuing to improve the
curriculum to emphasize competency in several areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Just how will we accomplish this? Standardized patientsactually, trained
volunteers acting as patientsare becoming one of the important evaluation tools.
These patients evaluate the student on areas such as the physical exam,
communication and other clinical skills, but also on moral reasoning and clinical
ethicshow well the students explain side-effect information and treatment plans.
Students are also reviewed for their effectiveness in gaining consent and respecting the
Our new competency-based curriculum is a work-in-progress. It is our responsibility to
continually enhance the educational process, assuring that our students will be prepared
for the practice of medicine in an ever-changing world. Yet, no sophisticated evaluation
tools will ever be as effective a measure as real-life examples like Dr. McEachen.
COP encourages lifelong volunteering
After balancing class, homework, presentations and clinicals with a job to help pay the
rent, most students simply dont have time to volunteer. But with the help of
KUMCs Community Outreach Project (COP), that is all changing.
Since 1996, the COP program, under the guidance of Dean of Student Services Dorothy Knoll,
has allowed students in Allied Health, Nursing and Graduate Studies to receive a $1,000
state stipend for 135 hours of volunteer work at Wyandotte County social service agencies.
Many students want to volunteer but they have limited time and resources while in
school, said Anne Flaherty, COP advisor. This allows students to apply their
educational experiences in the community and receive a stipend.
Student Director Jennifer Day adds that COP takes a personal approach. It really
helps you see the community. When you only work at the Med Center, you dont see what
these peoples home lives are like, she said. It changes your
perspective. When you see that early, youll more likely become a lifelong
For information, call ext. 6681.
Team effort brings KUMC to Kansas State Fair
With the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kan., quickly approaching, the final pieces
of the KUMC exhibit are falling into place.
The exhibit will be open throughout the fair, Sept. 10-19, and is coordinated through the
KU Health Outreach Program (HOP) State Fair Committee, chaired by Barbara Strain,
Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine. Strain says the exhibit has come together
thanks to the team effort of several departments, including Pediatrics, Marketing, Urology
and the KU Cancer Center, and the Schools of Nursing, Allied Health and Medicine.
Using the mobile medical unit, KUMC volunteers will offer the following free health
screenings: cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure (daily); hearing and body assessments
(Sept. 11); pediatric arthritis and asthma (Sept. 14-15); hearing and vision (Sept. 16);
breast cancer risk assessment (Sept. 16-17), and prostate cancer (Sept. 18). All
screenings will be offered 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis.
Employee volunteers are still needed to work in the booth. If interested, call Amy
Metcalf, ext. 1233, or e-mail <ametcalf>.
READY FOR Y2K
A Zero Day approach
The most obvious difference between planning for Y2K and preparing for other
emergencies is you know exactly when Y2K will happen. Unlike assignments where delays can
be acceptable, this one cannot be put off. In 127 days, it will be the Year 2000.
Each department has been developing detailed contingency plans, usable any time, but with
an emphasis on Y2K. Because we know when the event will occur, this process requires an
additional step called
In coming weeks, departments will be asked to review contingency plans. The
question to be answered is, What should I be doing prior to Y2K to prepare for
Looking at such areas as supplies, staffing and training, each department should determine
what must be done 60 days, 30 days, one day and one hour before the date change. The goal
is to create a checklist. Tasks can be crossed off the list as completed, but as we come
closer to Jan. 1, the list is likely to have more tasks.
How can you help?
Think about what you and your department must do to prepare for Y2K. Will you
require certain supplies or training to put your contingency plan into effect if patient
care equipment or a utility failure should happen? Share your thoughts with your director
or the people in charge of contingency planning in your area. Your ideas could make all
Front & Center
Kirmayer Fitness Center Associate Director Jan Schmidt displays the trophies awarded
to KUMC for this years Kansas City Corporate Challenge. KUMC scored eighth overall.
Also on hand at the Aug. 18 wrap-up pizza party were, below, Gail Sahlfeld, Organizational
Improvement, and Theresa Jackson, Medical Records, who both participated in the 5K run.
Mary Gensler, Medical Records, a volunteer at Corporate Challenge; Ike Murphy,
Facilities Management, who set records in and won gold medals for both the 100 meter and
400 meter dash; Nathalie Crew, KU Cancer Center, one-mile walk, and Bobbie Jinske, Child
Development Unit, bike race.
A familiar face to many diners at KUMC is Mehrdad Kalantare, manager of Georgias
Greek Restaurant in the Main Cafeteria. The KUMC concession is the only off-site venture
of the original Georgias, located at 103rd and State Line.
Trevis Ickler, a junior in the School of Nursing BSN program, won two free tickets to
the Aug. 21 Chiefs game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a drawing sponsored by the
The Bookstore will stage a drawing for alternating Chiefs home games. To sign up for the
next drawing, visit the Bookstore.
Chrissy Gutierrez serves KUMC employees as office supervisor of the KUMC Credit Union,
Shonda Dietz, Linda Snyder and Natalie Thavisackd attended a reception for new School of
Allied Health students Aug. 18 in the
Lied Auditorium atrium.
Also new to the School of Allied Health are students Julia Bok, Lisa Suellentrop, Susie
Sharp, Emily Barger, Mary Colgan and Abby Parish.
As part of the Jayhawk Angel Networks fundraising efforts,
the Student Governing Councils (SGC) Change for Change campaign raised
more than $500 for local elementary schools. On Aug. 19, SGC Advisor Anne Flaherty, above
left, second-year medical student Moneera Haque and Dean of Student Services Dorothy Knoll
presented the funds to Principals Bev Hodges, Banneker Elementary Science and Technology
Magnet, Stephanie Bland, Grant Elementary, and Linnie McCluney, Quindaro Elementary.
Kirsten McGuire, ARPN, of Student Health administers an (almost) painless immunization
to first-year School of Nursing student Jonathan Burge during orientation activities last
In this issue, we continue to recognize physicians who have recently affiliated
with KU Medical Center. The following five physicians represent varied departments and
offer services to patients at KUMC or KU MedWest.
Maureen Dudgeon, MD, is assistant professor, Department of Internal
Medicine. Dr. Dudgeon practices at KUMC and KU MedWest. She graduated from KU School of
Medicine where she also completed an internship and residency in internal medicine. Dr.
Dudgeon is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal
Kahdi F. Udobi, MD, is assistant professor, Department of General
Surgery. Dr. Udobi practices at KUMC. He graduated from the University of Ibadan medical
school. He completed a rotating internship at St. Thomas Hospital Medical Center, and a
surgery internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center. He then completed surgical
residencies at the University of Pennsylvania, Morehouse College, and State University of
New York, Buffalo. Dr. Udobi completed a fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical
Systems in trauma and critical care. He practices general surgery, specializing in
critical care and trauma surgery.
Surj S. Pohar, MD, is assistant professor, Department of Radiation
Oncology. Dr. Pohar practices at KUMC. He completed medical school at the University of
Alberta, Canada, and completed an internship at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Canada. He
completed residencies in general surgery and radiation oncology at the University of
Alberta. He then completed a brachytherapy fellowship at the Institute Henri Mondor,
France. Dr. Pohar is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in radiation
oncology. He specializes in the treatment of cancer and stereotactic radiosurgery.
Thomas R. Cotton, MD, is clinical assistant professor, Department of
Otolaryngology. He practices at KU MedWest. Dr. Cotton completed medical school at the
University of Illinois, then completed an internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center,
and a surgery residency at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center. He completed an otolaryngology
residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is board certified by the
American Board of Otolaryngology and practices general otolaryngology.
Jerry C. Freeman, MD, is clinical assistant professor, Department of
Otolaryngology. Dr. Freeman practices at KU MedWest. He is a graduate of the KU School of
Medicine. He completed a rotating internship at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and a
surgery internship at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center. He completed an otolaryngology
residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Freeman is board certified by
the American Board of Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He practices general otolaryngology.
Volunteers are needed to build the KUMC float for the 1999 Rosedale Parade. The theme for
this years Parade and Festival is A Rosedale Homecoming. The theme for
the KUMC float is Rosedale ...Our Home for Generations. Float construction
will be Sept. 1 and 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Support Services building dock area.
Fliers regarding this event are posted throughout campus. If interested, contact Shelley
Bratton, ext. 1252, or e-mail <sbratton>. Volunteers are also needed to ride on and
walk with the float on the day of the parade, Sept. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. at 14th and
Merriam Lane. If interested, contact Tamela Loos, ext. 1252, or e-mail <tloos>.
KC READS book drive
Local Starbucks Coffee shops are sponsoring a book drive for KC READS, the KU Hospital
literacy program, through Sept. 6. Drop off used childrens books when you stop for
coffee at any Kansas City Starbucks location and support KU Hospitals literacy
Med staff dinner & dance
KU Hospital will host the first Medical Staff Dinner and Dance Sept. 24, from 6 to 10 p.m.
at the Harris House, Linwood, Kan. The invitation-only event for members of the KU
Hospital medical staff is designed to celebrate the first anniversary of the KU Hospital
Authority. The evening will feature lawn games, cocktails, music, dinner and dancing.
Invited guests are asked to RSVP by Sept. 10 by calling 588-1227.
The KUMC Credit Union Lucky Numbers for September are: 16109; 16482; 17154; 19731, and
30886. The Lucky Birthday is Sept. 8. Prizes may be claimed at the Credit Union, 1037
KU Teaching Summit
Approximately 350 faculty members from the Lawrence, Wichita, Edwards and Kansas City
campuses attended the first all-university KU Summit on Teaching Excellence, Aug. 17 in
Lawrence. The summit, sponsored by the Provosts Office, KUMC and the Center for
Teaching Excellence at Lawrence, was designed to allow faculty from all areas of KU to
discuss ways to improve student learning. The conference featured a welcome by Executive
Vice Chancellor Donald Hagen, MD, a Town Hall Meeting by Chancellor Robert Hemenway, and
break-out sessions for specific disciplines. The KUMC session was led by Deborah Powell,
MD, dean of the School of Medicine, who discussed the strengths of the curriculum and
educational approach of schools at KUMC, which includes the clinical skills assessment
during students fourth year of study. Dean Powell also discussed current educational
goals such as increasing the focus on student outcomes, improving faculty-student
communication about the curriculum and better evaluation of the curriculum.
Sears Craftsman 8-in. table saw and Ryobi Planer w/stand, exc. cond., $600/both. Call
Matching sofa and chair (wooden arms and legs), coffee table and 2 end tables, $100. Call
White tubular metal bunk bed frame, $40. Call 381-8452.
Sound Blaster Live Value Edition, in unopened retail box w/mfgr.s 1-yr warranty,
received as gift and cant use, $75. Call 299-3372.
Limed oak 6-drawer dresser, good cond., $50. Call and leave message, 913-962-1913.
Sears 20-in. color TV w/remote control, 14 yrs. old but works fine (replaced by larger
TV), $40. Call Steve, 451-9223.
Antique trunk, wood strips sides and top, flat top, refinished, very old, exc. cond.,
$150; Ladies hunter green all-weather coat, zip-out liner, size 8, like new, $30. Call
Brand new Kitchen Aid refrigerator, never out of box, white, $450; two desks: one solid
wood w/secretary arm and filing drawers, $300, other is nice w/black finish, $75. Call
Kenmore gas dryer, heavy-duty, 5 cycles, fabric dryness and heat controls, wrinkle guard,
almond color, exc. cond., moving, cant use, $350 new, $100. Call 383-9357.
Casio QV-10A Plus digital camera, $125.
Violin w/bow and case, 4/4, great cond., appraised at $500, will sell for $350; snare drum
w/stand, case and bell set, perfect for beginners, great deal at $200. Call evenings and
Large garage sale, estate items, old jewelry, antique trunk, Sat. Aug. 28, 9719 Lee Blvd.,
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1992 Jeep Comanche, 5-spd., 4.0L, cold A/C, alloy wheels, new tires, tinted windows,
well-maintained, red w/graphics package, sharp truck, first $4,200 takes. Call 560-2933.
1994 Toyota Corolla, great cond., $7,000. Call 432-7196.
1988 Ford Escort GL, auto., power steering/brakes, A/C, AM/FM stereo, 106K mi., runs
great, $1,200. Call after 5 p.m., 816-942-5644.
1990 Geo Prism, auto., 2-dr., hatchback, 100K mi., exc. cond., white color, $3,000. Call
1994 Plymouth Grand Voyager LE, 3.8L V-6, power locks/windows, rear air, quad
captains chairs, remote keyless entry, cassette/CD stacker/changer, 66K mi., priced
$2,000 under book value. Call Marilyn, 441-2794.
1988 Ford Festiva LX, 5-spd., 90K mi., new tires, steel wheels, A/C needs work, $1300 OBO.
Call evenings, 722-6481.
Homeshare: 3BD, 2BA house within walking distance to KUMC, fully furnished, 4138
Springfield, $300/mo. + 1/3 utilities. Call 468-5411.
Rommate Wanted: 2BR apt., only 3 mi. from KUMC, C/A, share with female grad student, 3902
Booth St., $225/mo. + utilities. Call Qu, 236-9185.
Free: Black gerbils, born Aug. 10, 1999. Call and ask for Frank, 454-1034.
Real good dog needs home and room to run, good w/children, very gentle golden
retriever/collie mix, recent vet checkup and all shots current. Call Randy, 432-7859.
Friday, August 27:
Celebrate Age, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mission Center Mall.
Monday, August 30:
Stress Free September Student Wellness Program (open
to all KUMC students), noon-1 p.m., lunch provided to first 30 attendees, Auxiliary Room,
Kirmayer Fitness Center.
Tuesday, August 31:
Cognitive Therapy Addiction Treatment, 1-2:30 p.m., Family
Wednesday, September 1:
Diabetes Self-Management Series, 9-11 a.m., 1107 KU Hospital.
KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 3041 Wescoe.
Analysis of Water Quality, Kansas City, Kan., Board
of Public Utilities, noon-1 p.m., 1023 Orr-Major.
Anxiety Support Group, 4-5:30 p.m., Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
Clinic, Room 1320.
Liver Transplant Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Delp
Thursday, September 2:
Primary Care Grand Rounds, Suspected Cancer in a Family
11:30 a.m.-noon to first 50 attendees, presentation noon-1 p.m., Lied Auditorium.
Burn Patient Family Support Group,
6-7 p.m., Burn Center Waiting Room.
IN THE CENTER
Donald Hagen, MD - Executive Vice Chancellor KUMC
Irene Cumming - CEO and President KU Hospital
Ken Arnold - Editor
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
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