July 27, 2015

KUMed Central

Letters for Alex

Letters for Alex: Capt. Donald Holland, Sgt. Travis Marshall and Ofc. Daniel Masilionis presented a card signed by the KU Police Department, along with a patch and challenge coin, to Alex, a nine-year-old burn patient being treated at The University of Kansas Hospital. Alex received 192 get-well letters and cards, a one-day record at the hospital. Read more

White Coat Ceremony

The KU School of Medicine Class of 2019 received their jackets on July 24 at the annual White Coat Ceremony. There are 211 students in the incoming class - 90 percent of them are Kansas residents. View photos.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires July 20. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

M1 Community Service Day: First year students volunteered at seven sites across Wyandotte County July 23. This is a great way for our incoming students to kick off their medical education and get to know their community. View photos. Watch KMBC-TV news clip. Watch KC Star video.

Crane work: Aug. 5, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., a crane will be set up on the south side of the Research Support Facility on 39th Street, taking up two of the westbound lanes. Signage and cones will be set to direct traffic during this time frame. Contact Nan Josephson with questions.

A Healthy U: We have simplified the structure of the program. If you attend/participate in two events OR complete the 30-day challenge, you are eligible for up to 10 HealthQuest credits (five for summer program, five for fall program). Deadline to complete the requirements for the summer program is July 31. Email A Healthy U with questions.

Diversity progress reports: The Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet sub-committees have been diligently working to fulfill the assigned action items. View the working progress report.

Miracle Challenge: Form a team for Children's Miracle Network's Miracle Challenge, a 27-day wellness challenge that encourages you to achieve fitness goals while raising money for our pediatrics department. Read more. Participating in this challenge will count as an A Healthy U fall event. Take your Miracle Challenge registration receipt to Kirmayer and you'll also receive a free trial week.

Classrooms open for scheduling: TLT-Media classrooms, auditoriums and conference rooms are now open for scheduling through May 2016. To schedule a room, please send an email request to tlt-media@kumc.edu or call 913-588-7326.

Capturing the unique fingerprint of cancer: Statistical models could play a big role in identifying the key genomic variations that can determine the cause, progression and treatment for cancer patients. Read more.

Earlier physical activity recommended for stroke recovery: New research led by Sandra Billinger, PT, Ph.D., associate professor in physical therapy, suggests that greater emphasis should be placed on increasing physical activity during a patient's hospital stay following an acute stroke. Read more.

PCORI awards $8.6 million grant: Russ Waitman, Ph.D., director of medical informatics and assistant vice chancellor for Enterprise Analytics, and the KU Medical Center-led Great Plains Collaborative Network received an $8.6 million dollar grant to continue its work on establishing a network of medical centers in the Midwest. Read more.

Rankings: For the second year in a row, The University of Kansas Hospital was nationally ranked among the nation's best 50 hospitals in all 12 adult medical and surgical specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Read more.


July 28: School of Nursing dean candidate town hall, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Cindy Teel, Ph.D., RN, will share her vision for the School of Nursing should she be selected dean.

July 29: Final free A Healthy U exercise class, noon-12:45 p.m., Kirmayer Fitness Center. The GT45 workout provides total body training using large muscle movements for maximum metabolic demand. Register here.

July 30: Onsite biometric screening event, Francisco Lounge. Once you have your biometric numbers, complete the mandatory Health Assessment Questionnaire. Read more. Note: Final onsite screening event will be Aug. 26.

July 31: Deadline to complete requirements for the summer A Healthy U program. Read more. Fall program begins in August.

Aug. 10: Final School of Nursing dean candidate town hall, noon-1 p.m., Wahl Hall West Auditorium .


Deborah Kroeker, M.D., assistant professor in pediatrics, and Amy Seery, M.D., assistant professor in family and community medicine, were named Wichita Business Journal 2015 Health Care Heroes. Read more.


Did you know falls from portable ladders are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries? The environment, health and safety office provides safety procedures to follow when using ladders. Read more.


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Last modified: Jul 27, 2015