Feb. 24, 2014

KUMed Central

new employees
Welcome to our new employees. Meet our new additions here.   

Improved strategic plan KU Medical Center has an improved strategic plan that builds on the 2011 plan. This enhanced plan is intended to foster greater alignment and collaboration across the entire organization, while continuing to respond to the changing environments. Read more.     

Rainbow Extension closed starting Feb. 28; sidewalk closure Feb. 24

Rainbow Extension between Rainbow Boulevard and Southwest Boulevard will be closed Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. for several months. Also, the sidewalk on the west side of Rainbow Boulevard will be closed on Monday, Feb. 24. Read more.

Last week to enroll in spouse coverage

Friday, Feb. 28, is the last day employees can purchase Optional Group Life Insurance (OGLI) coverage for spouses, begin participating in or add to their existing OGLI coverage. Read more.

Stuff that might interest you

ICD-10 informational resources: To help faculty, staff and students navigate the upcoming changes to the medical coding system, faculty in the Department of Health Information Management has created two informational videos providing you with a basic overview. Read more.

Poverty simulation: Forty-five senior nursing students participated in a "poverty simulation" in the School of Nursing atrium as part of a course about different health care populations. These students maneuvered through four "15-minute weeks" where they worked to secure a home and other resources in a makeshift community. Tables were set up to represent different agencies, city services, etc. View photos. Watch for an in-depth article on the kumc.edu homepage in the coming weeks.

Wichita's new publication: Check out the School of Medicine-Wichita's new campus publication, Embark. The magazine highlights the good work that's happened on the campus over the past year. You can find the digital version here.

New hospital building: The University of Kansas Hospital announced plans to build an additional hospital building north of 39th Street on Cambridge. Called Cambridge North, the 92-bed building will provide patient care in surgical oncology, neurosciences and otolaryngology. Read more.

A food desert oasis

The only grocery store in Kansas City's Argentine neighborhood closed in 2006, leaving many of its 10,000 residents few options for obtaining healthy food. Natty Mabachi, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Kim Kimmanau, Ph.D., associate professor, family medicine, played a role in attracting a new grocery store with healthier food options to this area. Read more.

Researching new cures and therapies

Dr. Doug Girod, EVC, wrote an opinion piece in The Kansas City Star illustrating how KU Medical Center is a leader in translational research. Read more.


Feb. 27: Cookies & Compliance, 1-2 p.m., Wahl Hall West auditorium. Topics include vendor relations, export controls, and research integrity. No signup required. Cookies for the first 50 attendees will be provided. Contact Pat Dean-Love for more information.

Feb. 27: Customer service training, noon-1 p.m., 1051 Wescoe. Learn to have a better understanding of who your customers are and how you can provide excellent customer support. Sign up.

March 4: Campus-wide tornado drill, at 1:30 p.m. in conjunction with the state tornado drill. Everyone is expected to take part and know where their shelter is located. Read more.


Lisette Jacobson, Ph.D., preventive medicine and public health teaching associate, School of Medicine-Wichita, had her Kansas breastfeeding evaluation study published as a book through Scholars' Press. Read more.


Congratulations to Therese Hecht, Janie Meeker, Charles Miller, Jackie Atkins, Carrie Sallee, Michele Mertz and James Stanford, who answered last week's trivia question correctly. Christine Weems was the first African-American woman to graduate from the KU School of Nursing in 1952.

Who am I? This former associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology was known for reaching out to the underprivileged and has a local health center named after him. Email your answer.


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Last modified: Feb 21, 2014