Improved strategic plan

As Dr. Doug Girod, EVC, announced in his Feb. 21 EVC newsletter, KU Medical Center has an improved strategic plan. The enhanced plan builds on the 2011 plan and is intended to foster greater alignment and collaboration across the entire organization, while continuing to respond to the campuses' and communities' changing environments.

Thanks to Steffani Webb, vice chancellor for administration, and the Organizational Improvement Office, we now have a more useful strategic "map," which everyone should find easier to understand. Additionally, we have more ways to measure our progress. The fundamental ideas haven't changed, and the goals are still organized around our four core missions. The other goals have been combined under the heading of Innovate, and the boxes have been re-worded to emphasize your call to action. In the months ahead, we will further define our measures and roll this plan into each of your work areas.  

In the meantime, you may view a downloadable online strategic planning progress report and the new-and-improved map on our strategic planning website. If you missed Dr. Girod's message, you can read it here.

Rainbow Extension closure - Feb. 28

Rainbow Extension between Rainbow Boulevard and Southwest Boulevard will be closed Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. and is projected to be reopened Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m. This is the street adjacent to Bank Midwest, DNS Gas Mart, Applebee's and Sonic.

The closure is for a storm line and water main installation. This work is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Turkey Creek rehabilitation project.

If you have questions, please contact George Sooter, Unified Government of Wyandotte County, at 913-573-5400.

View Google map.

Additional construction: sidewalk closure

Crossland Construction will close the sidewalk on the west side of Rainbow Boulevard from W. 39th Avenue to Marty Street on Monday, Feb. 24, for pedestrian safety as BPU Utilities relocates a street light pole and adjusts a fire hydrant. When the adjustments have been made, Crossland will then complete the concrete construction of the remaining sidewalk structures. It is anticipated that the work will be completed within 21 days.

Lisette JacobsonBrag it up!

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. The book is titled "Breastfeeding Interventions in Kansas: Mothers' Practices and Perspectives."

Dr. Jacobson's book is available through

The results of her study were also publicized in the WIC eNewsletter and through Kansas Department of Health and Environment's peer-reviewed Kansas Health Statistics Report.

ICD-10 informational resources for faculty, staff and students

Message from Senior Vice Chancellor and Dean, Karen L. Miller, RN, Ph.D.

Whether you're a third-year medical student, a nurse in training or just starting your education to become a physical therapist, change is coming on Oct. 1, 2014. That's when a medical coding system used in the United States to track diagnoses, procedures and services is being updated, and the changes will affect all aspects of health care - including those who submit claims to insurance companies for reimbursement. 

To help you navigate these changes, the faculty in the Department of Health Information Management has created two informational videos providing you with a basic overview of International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10CM) and International Classification of Diseases-10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10PCS).

ICD-10 Resources

KU has also provided links to references where you can learn more about the coding systems and how they will affect the way you do your job. If you can't find the answers on the videos or webpage, you can learn more about the impact of the changes on your specific field by contacting Judy Bielby, clinical assistant professor, at 913-588-2422.

Please consider taking advantage of these resources. 

Last modified: Feb 21, 2014