April 27, 2015

KUMed Central

Safety Assurance Team
Enhancements in Facilities Management: Under the leadership of Ronn Fowler, associate vice chancellor, Facilities Management is changing a few of their processes in an effort to support a culture of safety and enhance customer service. The formation of the new Safety Assurance Team, led by Jim Lorenz, assistant director, is one way the department is fostering a safety culture. This team of six is dedicated to meeting safety compliance standards and resolving issues for a four million-square-foot campus that includes 43 buildings. Read more.

Front row – Mike Cotton, Jose Cisneros, Jim Lorenz; back row –Glen Ingram, Myron Sallard, Sean Mahoney  

Stuff that might interest you

Faculty Appreciation Day: KUMC Inter-professional Committee and the Student Governing Council hosted their Annual Faculty Appreciation Day April 21 as a way to honor faculty for their dedication and guidance. Faculty from all three schools were invited to enjoy food and musical entertainment. View photos.

Dean Miller honored: Karen Miller, Ph.D., was honored at her last School of Health Professions faculty meeting as dean April 22. She's been dean of the School of Nursing since 1996 and School of Health Professions since 1998. She is stepping down as dean in June but will remain on the faculty of both schools. View photos. Check out the video of Dean Miller saying good-bye to Baby Jay.

Patriot Award: Edward Ellerbeck, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Theresa Shireman, Ph.D., professor in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, were presented the Patriot Award which honors supervisors for their support of guard and reserve members. Read more and view photo.

International Educational Experience Showcase: Three students who traveled to India last summer as Robinson Scholars shared their experiences at the International Education Experience Showcase, sponsored by the Office of International Education. The students - one each from the schools of medicine, nursing and health professions - were chosen for podium presentations at the event, which featured poster exhibits by KUMC students who traveled during the past year. Read more and view photos.

Open payments registration for physicians: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will publish information about financial relationships between physicians and health care manufacturers on its website June 30, 2015. To ensure accuracy, physicians should review their information now. Registration in the system is required to access data. The current deadline to dispute data is May 21. For information on how to register or dispute data, go to the KUMC Conflict of Interest website.

Images of Aging photo contest: The Landon Center on Aging is sponsoring an "Images of Aging" photo contest to showcase the many faces of older adults. The winning photos will be selected by a panel of judges, and the contest will run April 15-May 15. Read more.

University Press website: A new website has now launched that enables the University Press of Kansas to engage with social media, offer samples of books, and sell books online directly to consumers. View website.

Community Supported Agriculture: Open enrollment for the KUMC Community Supported Agriculture (fruits, vegetables and meat) is going on now, and the deadline to enroll is May 15. There are four different sizes and payment options offered to meet your family's needs and budget. Download flier or visit the website for more information.

Healthy Communities Wyandotte newsletter: Check out ways to get active this spring with a list of upcoming events that will promote getting more physically active in Wyandotte County. Read newsletter.

Rosedale Development Association newsletter: Are you a resident of the Rosedale community? If so, be sure to take part in the survey. You can also learn more about Rosedale's Bike Month events. Read newsletter.

Partnering to improve the health of zoo animals

Richard Dubinsky, M.D., professor of neurology, has been providing assistance and advice to the Kansas City Zoo when animals are suffering from neurological conditions. Read more.

In the news

The Kansas City Business Journal named Roy Jensen, M.D., professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and director, KU Cancer Center, one of the 100 most powerful people in KC business. Read more. 


April 27: You're invited for lunch and a short program at the official opening of the newly renovated Murphy Courtyard, noon–1:30 p.m. Hear updates on campus projects and the 150 Trees campaign. After the program, stay and enjoy lunch, visit the recycling table and play yard games. Contact Jenny Laffey with questions.

April 28: Clinical integration town hall, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Wahl Hall West Auditorium. Open to all employees. Visit the Clinical Integration town hall page for presenter information.

May 1-3: Olathe II garage will be closed Friday at 10 p.m., and reopen Sunday when the cleaning is complete. Park in Bluff garage.

May 4-5: The Hearing & Speech Department, 4001 Miller, is again offering free hearing screenings for National Better Hearing & Speech Month. New this year, the department will offer video otoscopy of the ear canal so employees can see inside their ears. Contact 913-588-5730 to book a 15-minute screening.

May 6: The Cancer Center is joining with the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc., Midwest Cancer Alliance and others to bring Melinda Wharton, M.D., MPH, director - National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, to an event for HPV awareness. Physicians, nursing staff and students, MPH students and parents of teenagers are invited to attend this event.

May 6-8: The Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invite everyone to the 6th annual Resident, Postdoc, and Fellow Research Forum. The event will feature an opening and closing keynote address, two sessions of oral and poster presentations from residents, post-docs and fellows and an awards ceremony. View the schedule of events and list of presenters and topics.


Jill Peltzer, Ph.D, APRN-CNS, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Phyllis Keeney Lawrence Teaching Award. Read more.


Click here for an online version of Advances, The University of Kansas Hospital's bi-weekly news publication.


Click here for the April 20 issue. 


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