June 29, 2015

KUMed Central

Lou Loescher-Junge and Karen Miller 
Retirement receptions: Friends, family, faculty and students gathered June 24 for a retirement soiree honoring Lou Loescher-Junge and to celebrate her leadership in the School of Health Profession. View photos.

Pictured: Lou Loescher-Junge and Karen Miller

Many family, friends, students and colleagues also helped Lisa Stehno-Bittel celebrate her retirement as chair of the KU Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science Department on June 16. View photos.   

2015-16 appointment letters

The 2015-16 appointment letters, containing the ongoing terms and conditions of employment, are available for university employees to sign electronically. The deadline to sign is July 15. Read more.

Welcome to our new employees

KU Medical Center welcomed new employees June 15 and 22. Meet our new additions.

Stuff that might interest you

Promotion and tenure: The annual promotion and tenure dinner was held June 23 for the 52 KU School of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions faculty who were awarded tenure or promotion in 2015. View the list.

Healthy KC certification: The KC Chamber has named KU Medical Center as a "Certified Healthy KC Company." Certification is based on four "pillars" of health including nutrition, physical activity, tobacco cessation and work/life integration. Read more.

Free exercise classes every Wednesday in July: Try out different exercise classes for free July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29. All classes are noon-12:45 p.m. Each exercise class in July will count as a summer event. For class description and to register, go here. For more information on the 2015 A Healthy U health and wellness program can be found here.

Nutrition lunch 'n learn recording: If you were unable to attend the A Healthy U lunch 'n learn, "Can you make the best food choice," you may access the Camtasia recording. In this 47-minute presentation, Rachel Barkley, clinical associate professor in dietetics and nutrition, covers how to read labels, how manufacturers trick you, what foods you should buy organic, and more to help you be a more savvy consumer. Access the presentation and handouts here. Email ahealthyu@kumc.edu to get credit for this event.

Auxiliary grants: Beginning July 15, the KUMC Auxiliary's Projects/Grant Committee will accept your requests for funding of appropriate projects during the 2015-16 fiscal year. The submission deadline is Oct. 1, 2015, and only the first 50 requests will be reviewed by the committee. Read more.

There's an app for that: Now you can access vendor information (e.g. insurance companies, HealthQuest, NueSynery and more) anytime, anywhere from a smartphone or tablet using the State Employee Health Plan vendor apps. Check them out.

In the news: WebMD featured John Thyfault, Ph.D., associate professor in molecular and integrative physiology, in an article that details how the benefits of exercise go way beyond the muscles. Read more.

Cancer Biology video: KU Cancer Center completed a video showing how their Cancer Biology Research Program brings together clinicians and basic researchers to collaborate and share ideas about different cancers. Watch video.

Seat belt study: The University of Kansas Hospital participated in the inaugural Trauma Center Seatbelt Challenge, a friendly competition involving eight Kansas and Missouri hospitals. The results found that staff at our hospital and medical center use seat belts more than the average driver, but there is still plenty of room for improvement compared with other area health care providers. Read more.

Getting ready for ICD-10

Professionals at KU Medical Center are helping the health care industry prepare for the implementation of the ICD-10 diagnostic code. Judy Bielby, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Health Information Management, is an expert trainer on the two versions of ICD-10 that will be implemented in the United States. Read more.


June 30: Nomination deadline for the 2015 Betty M. Drees Distinguished Alumnae Award. This award acknowledges alumnae whose efforts reflect a lifelong achievement of supporting a legacy of influential women. Read more.

July 1: Effective date for new parking rates for employee permit parking and daily parking. Email Kevin Rowald or call 913-588-5062 with questions.

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Free exercise classes sponsored by A Healthy U. Read more.

July 14: School of Nursing dean town hall, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Candidate's name will be released the day before.

July 22: Blood drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Francisco Lounge. Register to donate and receive a "buy one, get one free" single day admission to Schlitterbahn Water Park. View flier. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Contact Ryan Gove with questions.

July 27: Diversity and Inclusion Cabinet meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., SON Auditorium. Open to everyone. Agenda will be posted here closer to the date.

July 31: Deadline to complete the 30-day water challenge. Attend two summer events and complete the challenge to receive five HealthQuest credits. Visit the A Healthy U website for more information .


Jeff Searl, Ph.D., associate professor in hearing and speech, has been honored with the 2015 Dr. James C. Shanks Master Clinician Award by International Association of Laryngectomees. Read more.


Deanna Fox, M.D., associate professor, is retiring. Celebrate her retirement 10 a.m.-noon, July 14, Boley Conference Room, 1603 KU Hospital. Dr. Fox has been an integral part of the Department of Anesthesiology for nearly 40 years.


The CDC estimates there are 385,000 needlestick injuries annually in U.S. hospitals, with double that number when non-hospital health care worker injuries are included. Find out how you can prevent needlestick injuries.


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