June 17, 2013

KUMed Central

William Holmes, supervisor, facilities management.  

William Holmes honored as Employee of the Quarter

When it comes to having the right attitude, no one does it better than William Holmes, who has received the first quarter Employee of the Quarter award as part of KUMC's C.A.R.E. employee recognition program. Read more.   

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center officially welcomed our newest hires on June 10. Meet our new additions.   

Next wave of Leading the Jayhawk Way

The second wave of Leading the Jayhawk Way - a Pathway to Excellence is coming soon, and this wave is open to all faculty as well as staff who supervise/manage others. We made the investment in this professional development program because we know it will take a highly effective, engaged workforce to achieve our goals of becoming an employer of choice and top academic medical center. Read more.

Change in human subjects research process

The KUMC Human Research Protection Program will be implementing a new web-based submission process that will affect anyone who conducts or approves human subjects research. Training on this new process will be offered. Read more

Stuff that might interest you

HealthQuest discount deadline July 31: Time is running out to qualify for a premium incentive discount for 2014. You must complete the health assessment questionnaire (worth 10 credits) and earning an additional 20 credits (for a total of 30 credits) by July 31, 2013, to qualify for a $480 premium incentive discount for plan year 2014. Read HealthQuest's reminders and updates here. Clicking on Important News from HealthQuest - June 2013.

Kirmayer Fitness facility enhancements: Kirmayer is currently undergoing a facelift to better meet the needs of its members and promote a more inviting environment. The membership structure is also getting a makeover, effective July 1. Read more.

PeopleSoft training suspended: To ensure that everyone is properly trained on how to use the KU Market Center, the regular PeopleSoft training in September and October will be suspended and will resume in November. Read more.

Wichita recruits providers for small towns: With the assistance of the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center, two health care providers will be joining a health care team in Kansas. Read more.

Team KU shines in Corporate Challenge track events: Team KU finished the competitive track events with several of our employees earning medals and points. Read more.

Year-end cleaning: This is the time of year when employees do some year-end spring cleaning. While you are cleaning out your files and offices, remember to place any sensitive papers, like network diagrams, IP addresses, usernames, etc., in the shred boxes and not in a dumpster or trash.   

Using technology to reduce infections

If you have a news item you would like included in KUMed Central, submit the information by Wednesday for the following Monday's issue. You can also email Carrie Brown, internal communications manager. Your feedback is also welcome.

Missed last week's issue? Click here for the June 10 issue.


June 19: The retirement reception for David Lee Brown, assistant director of construction administration, has been rescheduled from June 7 to June 19, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Read more.

June 21: Creating Performance Goals and Expectations - learn how to develop a winning vision and set clear expectations. Sign up.

June 22-23: Bluff garage will be closed for cleaning, and reopening of 39th and Rainbow may be delayed. Read more.

June 24: There will be no issue of KUMed Central this week. 

June 27: Attend a video game simulation to learn the proper way to use fire extinguishers. Read more.

June 30: Deadline to nominate employees for second quarter Superior Supervisor and Employee of the Quarter awards. Nominate now.

July 1: New parking rates go into effect. Read more.

Aug. 17: Write Winning Grants seminar - this widely acclaimed seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. Sign up.


Daniel Swagerty, M.D., MPH, associate chair for geriatrics and palliative care, Department of Family Medicine, and associate director for education, Landon Center on Aging, has received a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. Read more.

Carol Fabian, M.D., professor and director of the Breast Cancer Prevention Unit, was recently honored for her leadership with the Pearl Award from the Girl Scouts. Read more.


In response to a recent EVC newsletter, an employee submitted a question asking: "I have heard that KU Endowment has more than $4 billion sitting in reserves. Why can't the money shortage be allocated from the endowment fund?" Read the answer.


Gerald Kerby, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and faculty member for 48 years, died on June 12. 


Last modified: Jul 22, 2013