Sept. 15, 2014

KUMed Central

 Christine Howard

Thanks to the hard work of Christine Howard, associate director, Landscape & Campus Beautification Department, and her team, KU Medical Center has won the Green Star Award through the annual Professional Grounds Management Awards Program! Read more and view landscaping images.   

Emergency Preparedness Week

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and we've designated Sept. 22-26 as Emergency Preparedness Week at KU Medical Center. Be sure to take part in one or all of the scheduled activities so you can be well prepared (you can win cool prizes, too). Remember, preparation can be your ace in the hole and the difference between survival and disaster! Read more. You may also take part in a challenge or trivia contest each week in September and win prizes. Read this week's challenge.  

NIH announces September as National Biosafety Stewardship Month

Recent lapses in biosafety practices involving anthrax and dangerous flu strains at federal laboratories have caused the NIH director to announce the launch of National Biosafety Stewardship Month for the month of September. At KU Medical Center, we ask those who work in laboratories with biological hazards to be vigilant and take some precautions. Read more.

Stuff that might interest you

New flu policy: Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, The University of Kansas Hospital's seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination policy becomes effective that will require all staff to receive an annual flu vaccination. This includes university employees who treat or are around patients. Read more.

Murphy Courtyard update: Demolition to Murphy Courtyard, which began the weekend of Aug. 15, is nearing completion, and we are almost ready to start the first phase of enhancements. The second phase will require fundraising so a giving site is in the works. Also, please note vendor parking reminder. Read more.

Wheelchair experience 2014: KU Medical Center occupational therapy students took part in a class project that requires them to spend eight hours in a wheelchair. The exercise is designed to give the students new perspectives on what some of their clients face on a daily basis. Watch video and/or view photos.

Healthy Communities Wyandotte: Check out the September issue of Action Updates newsletter that highlights health improvement activities taking place in Wyandotte County through the Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) initiative. HCW's mission is to mobilize the community to improve health and well-being in Wyandotte County through increased communication, coordination, and culture change. For more information, visit the HCW website.

In the news spotlighted Ajay Singh, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, and Glenn Strauss, M.D., HelpMeSee chief medical officer, who jointly published a manuscript addressing the burden of global cataract blindness and the urgent need to train surgeons in the Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgical procedure. Read more

Just for fun

Congratulations to Annette Kramer, Janie Meeker, and Michael Ciolek, who answered last week's trivia question correctly with Thomas Grover Orr, M.D. View last week's question.

Question: How many light bulbs do you think there are in the SON atrium? Email your answer and the winner (or employee with the closest guess) will receive a free LED bulb. As an energy savings project, facilities will be upgrading the existing fluorescent tube lamps in the SON atrium with LED tubes. Find out how much money this upgrade will save the university in next week's issue of KUMed Central.


Sept. 17: Have you completed your compliance training and signed your appointment letter? Only two days left. Complete both by 4:30 p.m. This is separate from the Conflict of Interest requirement that is due by Oct. 15. Read more.

Sept. 23: "Building a Network to Advance Your Career" focuses on the value of building a network of mentors to aid in career development and advancement. Open to anyone, 4-6 p.m., Beller Conference Center. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages provided. Download flier or sign up here.

Sept. 24: Food is Medicine's program, Treating the Cause of Coronary Artery Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, noon-1 p.m., Battenfeld Auditorium. Free healthy lunch for the first 150 attendees. Download flier.

Sept. 27: Register now for the Tour de BBQ. Riders get to sample the best KC barbecue along the ride. Funds will support the Midwest Cancer Alliance Survivorship Transition Clinic. Click here to learn more and register.

Oct. 11: KU Eye Insight Out event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Franklin Park in Prairie Village. Free vision, hearing, blood sugar and pressure screenings, and family picnic and activities. Open to the public. Contact Deb Kephart for more information.


Click here for an online version of Advances, The University of Kansas Hospital's bi-weekly news publication.


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Missed last week's issue? Click here for the Sept. 8 issue.


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