Dec. 15, 2014

KUMed Central

Laurel Phillips
Laurel Phillips, bilingual family support coordinator at Project EAGLE, was in what she described as a funk. She suffered from headaches and swelling in her feet and ankles. She's since lost 25 pounds and her positivity now comes from a genuine place. Read more.

As part of A Healthy U, we will share stories, like Laurel's, to help inspire you in your wellness journey. We're looking for more inspirational stories to share in the New Year, so if you have one, please email Carrie Brown.  

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed its newest hires Dec. 8. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Payroll and HR reminders: Please take the time to review end of year reminders related to your employment, including an accelerated payroll schedule, electronic W-2s, change of address, and use of your discretionary day. All have Dec. 19 deadlines. Read more.

Ask the EVC: A question was submitted regarding clinical integration and the possibility of integrating hospital and university information technology services. Read more.

Holiday shuttle bus schedule: Shuttle buses will operate 4:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24. No buses will be operational Dec. 25-26. To view the 2015 holiday shuttle schedule, click here.

Community engagement awards: The Institute for Community Engagement is now accepting nominations for the Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement and KU Medical Center Community Partnership Award. Calls for nominations for both awards ends Feb. 1, 2015. Read more.

KUMC Auxiliary check presentation: To symbolize the $10,000 donation the KUMC Auxiliary made towards the Murphy Courtyard renovation project, auxiliary members presented an oversize check to Steffani Webb, vice chancellor for administration, on Thursday, Dec. 11, in the courtyard. View photo and list of items the donation will fund.

Retirement parties: View photos from Paul Terranova's reception held Dec. 4. Dr. Terranova helped KU Medical Center attract a record amount of research funding during his time as Vice Chancellor. View photos of Rita Clifford's reception held Dec. 9. Many celebrated her 50-year career. View photos of Marilee Means and Ken Davis' reception held Dec. 10. 

Holiday party pics: Faculty members served chili to the third-year students in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science program after their final exam Dec. 10. View photos. Faculty and staff members celebrated the season during the annual Dean's Holiday Lunch. View photos from SHP lunch. View photos from SON lunch.

Innovative "tumor in a dish" turns cells into cancer

A team lead by Shrikant Anant, Ph.D., associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, has developed a process that could make it quicker and easier to test standard and experimental drugs on individual cancers. Read more


Dec. 18: Employee holiday party, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Beller Conference Room. Enjoy free food and giving opportunities. Read more and view the menu. Add the event to your calendar.

Dec. 19: Retirement reception for Matt Reese, Ph.D., director of the Center for Child Health and Development, 1-3 p.m., Dec. 19, SON atrium. Read more.

Dec. 30: 'Tis the season for giving, and when you give blood, you give the gift of life. Onsite blood drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Francisco Lounge in the Student Center. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Our goal is to donate 30 units of life-saving blood. To reach this goal, we need 35 individuals to donate. Contact Ryan Gove at 913-588-6681 with questions.

Jan. 28: Next round of Jayhawk Way training, KU Medical Center's professional development training program. Open to all faculty and staff. Read more.


KUMC Alumni & Community Relations Office is the recipient of a 2015 Silver CASE Award in the Volunteer Engagement and Leadership category. Read more.


The Department of Homeland Security regulates certain chemicals that potentially could be used by a terrorist. To ensure safety and compliance, KU Medical Center needs individuals who possess these chemicals to update their online inventory. Read more.


The next issue will be Dec. 29. Submit news items here.


Last modified: Jan 30, 2015