Our People

Barbara Banks, Administrative Assistant in Laboratory Animal Resources, brought flowers and an accompanying note of appreciation to a colleague she values. Barbara was a participant in the newly launched Jayhawk Way Success Academy, and she wanted to share her thoughts about the leadership development program. Here's an excerpt from the note.

Barbara BanksI'm confident that at the end of these three months you will notice a significant change across the campus. We will all become more professional in our positions. We will display genuine love and concern for one another. We will be more compassionate and extend mercy where needed. Our teams will be more solid, for we all in the end will realize that each of our gifts is needed to make it a grand success.

I'm reminded of a puzzle. If one piece is missing, the puzzle will never be complete. However, once it's found and put in place, it will become whole and complete. When we see ourselves as that one piece, we realize that it's what I have to offer to make it a grand success.

Barbara's note reflects the kind of environment we're creating at KU Medical Center. It is a place where the best and brightest thrive and make amazing contributions to the health of our patients, to the education of our students and to the wellbeing of our community, our state and our world.

Engaged Colleagues

KU Medical Center may have the noblest goals and the best-laid plans, but without a competent, engaged workforce, our goals and plans will not be realized. That's why, in 2013, we continued innovative programs to ensure we have an excellent workforce.

  • Through the continuation of Leading the Jayhawk Way and Jayhawk Way Success Academy[1], faculty and staff from the medical center's Kansas City, Wichita and Salina campuses participated in leadership development training. Staff from the KU Medical Center Research Institute, the KU-Lawrence campus and The University of Kansas Hospital also participated.
    • More than 300 people have participated in Leading the Jayhawk Way
    • More than 350 people have participated in Jayhawk Way Success Academy
  • The Jayhawk Way programs have guided the Human Resources Department in developing a performance management system[2], which is set to launch in 2014.
  • In 2013, the Academy of Medical Educators[3] was established with charter members from the Kansas City and Wichita campuses. The mission of the academy is to recognize and celebrate teaching excellence, foster the continued improvement of medical education and to advocate for resources in support of teaching excellence and improved medical education.

Goals E.III, G and H in the original plan / Innovate box 2 and Competencies in the refined plan
[2] Goal E.III in the original plan / Innovate box 2 in the refined plan
[3] Goal A.II in the original plan / Educate box 3 in the refined plan

Last modified: Feb 19, 2014