June 6, 2016

KUMed Central

Emily Mattaowashshe A Healthy U

A Healthy U: Emily Mattwaoshshe, hazardous materials coordinator in the environment, health and safety office, has lost 127 pounds and has a really compelling reason to stay healthy. Her family is plagued with heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Her dad has diabetes, wears a pace maker and has suffered two heart attacks - the second of which occurred at her wedding reception. Read more.  

Fire and evacuation drills

In order to test our preparedness, emergency management will be holding unannounced fire and evacuation drills for all buildings in June. All employees should be prepared to follow their building emergency procedures led by the building advisory committee members. For a list of tentative dates, along with evacuation procedures, visit the emergency management website. Email uem@kumc.edu with questions.

Construction updates

Orr-Major demolition: Demolition on the Orr-Major overhang will begin today and last approximately two months. For safety reasons, access to this area will be limited and detours will be clearly marked with signage. View detour map. More information is available on the HEB construction website.

Eaton Street closure: Eaton Street will be closed from 37th Street to the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center from June 20 to Aug. 12 as part of the Parking Garage 5 project. Shuttle service will not change. Read more.

Stuff that might interest you

Parking rate changes: The Joint Parking Governance Committee approved new parking rates for employee permits, effective July 1, 2016. There will be no change in the daily parking rate. Parking Services is a self-funding department in which all fees are reinvested in the campus. Some of the investments include the development of red lot 98, improvement of Eaton Street and construction of Parking Garage 5. Contact Kevin Rowald, director of parking services and transportation, with questions.

Annual appointment letters: FY17 annual appointment letters containing the ongoing terms and conditions of university employment will be delivered to faculty and unclassified professional employees electronically. There will be a 30-day window (June 1-30) for employees to complete the process. Individuals who do not complete the process by June 30 will be at risk to lose access to their university accounts.

Construction progress reports: View the Health Education Building progress report and the Parking Garage 5 progress report for the week ending June 3.

Payroll deadlines: All time and absences need to be entered and approved by Friday, June 17, due to fiscal year end, and Friday, July 1, due to the July 4 holiday. Payroll processing will start on Sunday evening. Late entries will be processed later in the week. Contact Debbie Winter with questions.

New employees: KU Medical Center welcomed its newest hires May 23. Meet our new additions.

Equal opportunity statement: As part of our commitment to provide an environment that is diverse, inclusive and empowering, KU Medical Center wants to remind faculty, staff and students to annually review our equal opportunity statement. You may review the university's Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement of Policy here. If you have any questions or want to discuss an issue, please contact Natalie Holick, director of the Equal Opportunity Office.

New audio conferencing system: KU Medical Center has deployed a new audio conferencing system, which is now available for use by university and hospital employees. The former bridge system will expire July 1. Read more.

Required training for researchers and study personnel: Recipients of public health service federal research funding and those listed as their study personnel are required to complete training on financial conflict of interest policies. The training is located in TLC for faculty, staff and students and in BlackBoard for volunteer faculty and affiliates. Starting July 7, 2016, completion of this training will be required prior to submission of a grant or IRB or IACUC approval. Email coi@kumc.edu for more information.

Green Commute Challenge: KU Medical Center is taking part in the Green Commute Challenge, which encourages commuters to drive less during ozone season. Join our team as we compete against other KC organizations. The contest runs June 1 to Aug. 31 and provides points and prizes for carpooling, riding the bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting. Sign up now or email dfields@kumc.edu with questions.

Alternative transportation options: Save money and help preserve the environment by taking advantage of alternate modes of transportation, like RideKC: Bridj or RideShare. Visit the parking services website for a list of options.

WIMS Annual Awards Dinner: Join Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) for its Annual Awards Dinner Thursday, Aug. 18. Awards will honor distinguished women and men in our medical center community who have exhibited remarkable support for the advancement of women faculty members' careers in medicine, nursing and health professions. Register for individual tickets and table sponsorships.

New hope for patients with inclusion body myositis: A study by KU Medical Center researchers Richard Barohn, M.D., vice chancellor for research and chairman of neurology, and Mazen Dimachkie, M.D., professor of neurology and director of the neuromuscular division, along with British researchers have found that misfolded proteins may be the key to treating the muscle-wasting disease. Read more.

May birthdays: Human Resources is hosting monthly birthday celebrations. View photos of employees who celebrated birthdays in May. 


June 7: Child care center informational meeting to hear about progress and next steps, noon-1 p.m., SON Auditorium. Add to your calendar

June 8: Free yoga class by A Healthy U, noon-12:45 p.m., Kirmayer. Register by clicking the Group Fitness tab.

June 8, 9, 14: Aflac informational sessions on short-term disability and accident and critical illness coverage. Sign up. June 15 is the deadline to enroll in coverage.

June 9: Facilitating Small Group Learning Workshop, noon-4:30 p.m., SON B018, sponsored by SOM Faculty Affairs and Development. Open to everyone. Sign up.

June 12: Network upgrade in the Lied, Wahl Annex, Applegate and Cambridge buildings, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Network will not be available during the upgrade. Read more.

June 15: Blood drive, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Hixson Atrium. All presenting donors will receive two free Royals tickets. To sign up, click here and use code uofkansas. Contact Ryan Gove with questions. 

June 15: Final leadership series, "There Is No I in Team," noon-1 p.m., Battenfeld Auditorium. Bill Self, KU men's basketball head coach, and Joe Carter, baseball legend, will talk about their mentors, journey to fame and team philosophy. Sign up

June 15: Rosedale Farmers Market, 3-5 p.m., Murphy Courtyard. Add to your calendar

June 16: Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation Lunch 'n Learn by A Healthy U, noon-1 p.m., Sudler Auditorium. Marla Herron, Ed.D., will teach you the basic techniques of mindfulness meditation, which are used to help people better handle physical stress/pain and mental stress. Sign up by clicking the Events tab. 

June 21: Onsite biometric screening in Francisco Lounge. Obtaining your biometric numbers is the first step in an easy three-step process to save $240 on your 2017 health plan premium through HealthQuest. Read more..


KU Medical Center received the 2016 Pro Patria Award. Laura Mussulman, project director in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and a Navy Reserve Commander, nominated the medical center for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Pro Patria Award for continued support of her Navy career and multiple deployments. View photo.


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