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12 NOVEMBER 1999 • Volume 1 • Number 35

 

KU-UMKC partnership will promote life sciences research and education

The University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City announced last week that they will join forces to make Kansas City a nationally recognized center for life sciences research and education.
The cooperative effort, called the Partnership for Progress, was announced by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway following the formal signing of the venture by Hemenway and UMKC Interim Chancellor Gordon H. Lamb. It is designed to encourage joint programs in strategic planning, research in life and health sciences, and life sciences programs for students in grades K-12 and community colleges. Hemenway said the partnership hopes to draw national attention, stimulate more federal research dollars, create new jobs and spur urban Kansas City development.
KU and UMKC have a long history of cooperative programs. In recent years, the schools worked with the Marion Merrell Dow Foundation to support collaboration between university-based scientists and to operate research facilities used by both schools. Schools of nursing at both universities also recently received grants to train nurses in midwifery.

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KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway

“This latest example of cooperation between our two schools is another example that together we are stronger,” Hemenway said. “Both institutions will benefit, but the true winners are the people of Kansas City, who will see economic and personal benefits as a result of this partnership.”
The goals of the Partnership for Progress include making Kansas City home to a nationally recognized K-12 and community college science program, attracting new companies to Kansas City that specialize in life sciences and creating new jobs in Kansas City related to the life sciences. The initiative will also work to help Kansas City achieve a rank in the top 10 percent of U.S. cities based on public health indicators and help local government recruit life science companies to the city’s urban core.


Opinion Survey underway

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Respiratory Care Department members Jane Pyle, CRTT, left, Christina Johnson, RRT, Kevin Prothe, RRT and Jenny Weatherford, RRT, were among those taking part in the KU Med (hospital) Employee Opinion Survey earlier this week. All hospital employees are urged to participate. Survey sessions, which are listed on posters throughout the hospital, will continue through Nov. 18.


Executive Forum

Community activities show how ‘We Care’

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Irene Cumming
President and CEO
KU Med

At KU Med, we believe strongly in living our values. As you know, the first letters of each of our six values spell out the words “We Care.” One of the many ways we show We Care is through community outreach and involvement.
By participating in community outreach programs, KU Med is able to give something back to the communities and people we serve. Over the years, KU Med has taken part in a variety of community outreach efforts, and has taken the lead in offering a number of programs and events designed to increase the wellness of men, women and children in our community.
During the past few months, for example, we’ve sponsored free flu immunizations to help keep area residents healthy. At the recent Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event, an annual event for Rosedale residents, approximately 2,100 people drove through the KU Med campus. Free immunizations were also offered several times in October at KU MedWest. And throughout October and early November, free flu shots were available at several of our Jayhawk Primary Care practices throughout the metro area.
All told, more than 5,000 residents have received free flu shots this year from the KU Med system of services.

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The Drive-Thru Flu Shot Event is one of many outreach efforts sponsored by KU Med.

KU Med also offers a number of wellness classes and events. Over the past year, nearly 12,000 residents participated in wellness events.
Just last week, we became a marketing partner at the Kansas International Speedway, a new NASCAR track in Wyandotte County. As the speedway’s “official health care provider,” KU Med will operate a fully staffed infield care center for drivers, speedway employees and spectators. This facility will include six medical beds and two trauma beds. In trauma situations, medical staff will be able to evacuate injured drivers and transport them to KU Med via helicopter. In addition, KU Med will provide two first-aid stations in the grandstands for the spectators. The speedway is expected to have its first race by the spring of 2001.
Through these outreach efforts, KU Med is able to demonstrate to the area immediately surrounding the medical center—as well as the greater Kansas City area—that We Care. And when you think about it, that’s what living our values is all about.


student NEWS

Nursing students benefit from $25,000 scholarships

Thanks to a 1930 KU graduate, the KU School of Nursing will be awarding more scholarships in coming years.
Esther Abell Denton of Midland, Texas, recently gave $25,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association in support of the Mary Hathaway Abell Scholarship Fund. Since 1980, Denton has contributed $70,000 to the fund, which was created in honor of her late mother. Nursing students are already benefiting from these gifts. In 1998-99, seven students received between $750 and $1,200 each from the fund.
“So many of our students have financial needs throughout their nursing education,” said Karen L. Miller, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. “The Abell scholarships make it possible for these capable students to become nurses.”
Esther Denton received a baccalaureate degree in music from KU in 1930. Until her retirement, she taught elementary school in Colorado, Alaska, California and Texas.


Students, staff honored at NASPA conference

Lisa Brown, left, and Christopher Horton, co-presidents of Students Educating and Advocating for Diversity (SEAD), were honored along with Kim Scarbrough, right, director of Student Administration System and SEAD advisor, at the Nov. 5-7 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region IV-West Conference.

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The three, shown with Dean of Student Services Dorothy Knoll, PhD, accepted the Innovative Program Award for the “Caring Shows No Prejudice Lecture Series: A Discussion on Diversity,” sponsored by SEAD. Also recognized were Student Services staff members Lisa Sweatt, who received the New Professional Rising Star Award from the State of Kansas, and Katy Scott and Anne Flaherty, who won the Publication Award. Flaherty was also named The Outstanding New Professional For Region-IV West.


Muslim group explores Islam culture

Anyone interested in learning more about Islam and its diverse culture would do well to contact the Muslim Student Organization (MSO), a new group on campus this year. The organization is committed to educating the University of Kansas Medical Center community about Islam, and providing Muslim students, faculty and staff with a support network to address their spiritual, educational and social needs.

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Dima Turkmani

“As a student at KUMC, I am asked questions about my faith repeatedly,” said Dima Turkmani, MSO president. “People want to learn the reasons for different aspects of the Muslim beliefs and lifestyle. Organizations like this can take advantage of the excitement and creativity of students as they plan events to educate and benefit the entire community. It brings together hospital staff with students and faculty from the three schools.”
MSO currently includes about 50 members. Upcoming events include a Ramadan Awareness Program the week of Dec. 6 and a holiday baklava sale.
Anyone who attends or works at KUMC is welcome to join MSO, regardless of religious affiliation. Turkmani would also like to develop a complete list of Muslims on campus. For more information, e-mail Turkmani at <dturkman>.


Front & Center

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Steven M. Downing, MD, senior psychometrician with the American Board of Internal Medicine, presented “Preparing and Using Written Exams” at the Nov. 4 session of Medical Education 101. The series of workshops is designed to help faculty enhance their teaching skills.

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Kathy Marcos, RT (R), left, Tracie Kiesow, RT (R), and Patty Orin, RT, RDMS, RVT, are among Radiology Department members featured in a display celebrating National Radiologic Technologist Week. The display highlights activities of the six areas within the Radiology Department.

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Alice “Elizabeth” Anderson, Dietetics and Nutrition, received special recognition by KU Med President and CEO Irene Cumming during the morning session of the Employee Recognition Ceremony Nov. 5. Jennifer Ragona, below left, Jody Ligon and Shirley Chin of Clinical Laboratories, and Darin Vail and David Geiss of Patient Financial Services were among the KU Med employees enjoying the afternoon ceremony.

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That’s what they all say. Kathy Huey, RN, Unit 42, unsuccessfully proclaimed her innocence to “Judge Heartless” Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, Occupational Therapy Education, during the American Heart Association’s “Crimes of the Heart” event Nov. 4. Once all pledges are collected, the 1999 campaign is expected to raise $12,000—a gain of $2,000 over last year’s total—to help fight cardiovascular disease.

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Workers from Ewell Construction of Topeka enjoyed the recent spell of warm weather while building the new Theo and Alfred M. Landon Center for Aging at 36th Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard. Construction is expected to be complete by May 2000.

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Robert Ivker, DO, past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, was featured at the Nov. 9 Integrative Medicine Seminar. Dr. Ivker spoke on “Holistic Medicine: Medicine for the 21st Century.”


Ready For Y2K

HIS will monitor Y2K progress worldwide

There are now less than 50 days left before Y2K. Seven weeks from now, we will be on the cusp of the new year, awaiting the roll of the clock and the success of all our preparations and hard work.
Final preparations continue, and contingency planning and zero day planning are ongoing. If you have questions on what your department is doing or have ideas that may help, talk to your supervisor or manager. Items that were scheduled to happen 90 and 60 days prior to Y2K should be completed.
As Friday, Dec. 31, 1999 progresses, Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and other departments will watch the progress of Jan. 1, 2000 across the globe. SMS, the provider of our patient care system, has hospitals around the world. They will send updates during the day on how other SMS hospitals are doing. HIS will also monitor websites and other information centers for Y2K developments during the day. HIS will get some idea of what could happen as Y2K crosses the European continent. Our East Coast neighbors will also provide some notice of things to come since midnight will happen at 11 p.m. our time.
All of this means that we will get some notice of what can happen as the day progresses. HIS will use this information to make sure we are as prepared as possible for Y2K.


Strickler leads KU Med Trauma program

Jeff Strickler, RN, recently joined KU Med as Trauma Program director.
In addition to his other duties, Strickler is playing an instrumental role in the development of the KU Med Trauma Center by working to obtain Level I verification from the American College of Surgeons.

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Jeff Strickler

Strickler brings a wealth of experience in trauma leadership and program development to the position. Most recently, he served as director of trauma services and surgical ICU at Jackson Madison County General Hospital, Jackson, Tenn. Strickler, who has a background as a flight nurse, was previously the trauma coordinator for a Level I trauma center in east Tennessee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tenn., and a master’s degree in applied organizational management from Tusculun College, Greenville, Tenn.


Cogswell named Senior Care manager

KU Med’s Senior Care Program is taking off.
On Nov. 15, Connie Cogswell will become the program’s first manager. In addition to managing the new Senior Resource Center and assisting with the Center on Aging, Cogswell will help develop KU Med’s services for seniors and build its reputation as a premier health care provider for older patients.
The new Senior Resource Center is currently under construction in the hospital main lobby. The center will provide seniors with a variety of services, including information, escorts and Medicare consultation.
“This will really aid them as soon as they walk in the door,” said Cogswell. “It can be overwhelming for a person of any age to walk into a big hospital, much less a senior who may not be able to see directional signs or get around as easily.”
Cogswell holds an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She brings more than 10 years of hospital management experience to KU Med, and an additional six years experience in various positions for other health care organizations.


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Preventing Violence
The University Human Resources Department and the University Police Department will present “Preventing Violence in the Work Place” Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. The location will be announced shortly before the seminar. For more information or to enroll, call ext. 7542.
Labs ace CAP
KUMC’s clinical laboratories received an outstanding evaluation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) this past month. CAP, the accrediting organization for all laboratories doing clinical work, inspects facilities nationwide once every two years. For this year’s inspection, KUMC’s clinical labs earned one of the best CAP evaluations in the history of the medical center.
Bookstore closings
The KU Med Bookstore will be closed Friday, Nov. 19 for computer installations. The Bookstore will also close at 3 p.m. on Nov. 24 and remain closed Nov. 25 through 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
‘Brighten Spirits’
The Office of Alumni and Community Relations asks employees to “Brighten Spirits This Holiday Season” by donating toys and games for children between the ages of 1 and 17 to Project EAGLE, a University based program providing child development and family support services in Wyandotte County. The Office will also work with the Center on Aging this holiday season to provide area elderly with needed items. Gifts will be collected Nov. 17 through Dec. 10 at 1028 Murphy. Questions? Contact Shelley Bratton, ext. 1252.

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Medical melodies
The Medical Arts Symphony, an orchestra comprised of health care professionals from around the Kansas City area, will perform at KU Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 20. The concert will be in Battenfeld Auditorium at 8 p.m., and will include classic works by Mozart, Beethoven and more. Admission is free.
Lucky Numbers
The KUMC Credit Union Lucky Numbers for November are: 10664; 11317; 16658; 17249, and 18986. The Lucky Birthday is Nov. 14. Prizes may be claimed at the Credit Union, 1037 Delp.
Miracle at the Marriott
The 11th annual Miracle at the Marriott, a fund-raising event for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), will be Friday, Nov. 19 at the Kansas City Muehlebach Marriott Downtown. The event, sponsored by RE/MAX, Overland Park Cosmopolitan Club and Express Personnel, raises approximately $40,000 each year to benefit CMN in the Kansas City/St. Joseph area. KU Med and Children’s Mercy Hospital are the local CMN affiliates.
This year’s Miracle at the Marriott includes cocktails and a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person, or $450 for a table of 10. For tickets or more information, call 385-3355.


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FOR SALE:
Piano and 2 full-size mattresses & box springs w/frames. Call 362-9518 evenings or leave message.
Montgomery Ward refrigerator, almond color, in good running condition, $100 OBO. Call 432-9605 evenings.
Designer wedding dress, train & veil, size 6-8. Call 339-9956.
Landau scrub sets, navy, teal, $10 ea.; new shoes, hunter green pumps, size 6 M, $15. Call 384-4285.
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1988 Honda Prelude SI, runs and looks like new, very well kept, $3,200. Call 523-2052.
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1993 Ford Explorer Sport, 5-spd., green-blue color, 63K mi., non-smoking vehicle, exc. shape, runs like new, $7,900. Call Helen, 333-9291.
1993 Plymouth Voyager van, white, 81K mi., newly rebuilt trans. and A/C, clean, $5,400. Call 616-4900.
WANTED:
Anyone for whom English is a second language for accent correction program. Call 816-252-2735.
STUDY SUBJECTS:
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers with Fragile X syndrome or Down syndrome, one month through five years of age, to participate in non-invasive study of neurocognitive development. Involves one two-hour visit to the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab for the recording of event-related brain potentials (ERPs, or “brain waves”) and brief parental interview on telephone. For more information contact Jennifer Hill Karrer, PhD, 588-5956.


Adopt-A-Bear for the KU Children’s Center

Saffees is sponsoring an Adopt-A-Bear program to benefit the KU Children’s Center. For $5, a teddy bear with your name and greeting will be donated to the Children’s Center. The $5 donation will also get you three entries in a raffle to win one of eight 45-inch plush white teddy bears. Additional entries may be purchased for $2 each.
The event begins Thanksgiving Day and will run through Christmas Eve. Raffle drawings will be held Christmas Eve, and all proceeds and purchased bears will be delivered to the Children’s Center on Christmas Eve. To sign up, visit Saffees at Hawthorne Plaza or in Lawrence.


coming UP

Friday, November 12:
•    Faculty Research Day and Poster Session, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m., Rieke Auditorium.
•    Psychiatry Grand Rounds, “Neurasthenia, Psychasthenia and Psychoneurosis in One Medical Practice: 1897-1920,” 10:30 a.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
Monday, November 15:
•    Grief-Loss Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Radiation Oncology Conference Room.
Tuesday, November 16:
•    Children’s Miracle Network Book & Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Wyandotte Room.
•    Research Institute Clinical Trials Educational Luncheon Series, “Research Plan for KUMC,” noon-1 p.m., 4050 Wescoe.
•    Kansas Cancer Institute Research Round Table, “The Role of Centrosome in Aneuploidy,” noon, Lied Auditorium.
•    Center on Aging Research Seminar, “Herbal Medicines in the Elderly,” 4-5 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.
Wednesday, November 17:
•    Children’s Miracle Network Book & Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Wyandotte Room.
•    KUMC Interfaith, noon-1 p.m., 3041 Wescoe.
•    Community Health Seminar, “Role of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory in the Diagnosis of Respiratory Disorders,” noon-1 p.m., 1023 Orr-Major.
Thursday, November 18:
•    Cancer Pain Management, “Issues in Palliative Care,” 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Clendening Auditorium.
•    Department of History & Philosophy of Medicine Peete Lecture, “The Sick and the Ugly: Eugenic Esthetics and the Meanings of Health and Disease,” 5-6 p.m., Clendening Amphitheater.


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 ext. 1298.

Ad Policy
Send or bring your ad to G114 KU Hospital, or fax to ext. 1225, or e-mail: <karnold> 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 medical student box number) for verification. Only home phone numbers–no pager numbers or KUMC extensions–will be published. 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 of space is limited.

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