1. Council of Clinical Chairs was created in May 2011 as a forum for discussions of issues and an opportunity to provide chair input into meeting agendas and planning efforts.
2. After a national search process, ECG Management Consultants Inc., was engaged to assist with a campus-wide clinical integration effort.
1. Discussions regarding clinical integration are ongoing between leaders at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the University of Kansas Hospital Authority, University of Kansas Physicians, Inc., the 18 clinical foundations and the Council of Chairs. Among the goals of the effort:
• Align strategic interests
• Develop a contemporary governance structure
• Recalibrate funding priorities and distribute resources and revenue more effectively
• Manage and reduce costs
• Ensure market-competitive compensation for clinical faculty and residents
• Become more proactive in growth strategy and competitive position
• Redesign care delivery models for population health management
• Preserve and grow the academic enterprise through new investments
• Develop more service lines/COEs through hospital/physician partnership
• Rise in the ranks as an academic medical center and integrated health system
• Optimize quality and patient experience
1. In May 2011, the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Marillac, a comprehensive mental health care center for children, created a Center of Excellence for Child Psychiatry. Inpatient treatment is provided by Marillac psychiatric staff and by the school's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences working through The University of Kansas Physicians practice group.
2. In June 2011, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and the Kansas City Cancer Center completed a merger that created the area's premier outpatient cancer care organization.
3. In December 2012, the University of Kansas Medical Center, The University of Kansas Hospital, the University of Kansas Physicians Inc., and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a single, integrated pediatric program, with goals of enhancing clinical care for children; advancing pediatric academic development; expanding pediatric research initiatives; and coordinating advocacy activities for children's health.
1. Clinical integration efforts described under "Actions in Progress" (pg. 13) are ongoing.
1. Patient access was improved by the opening of several new facilities. By September 2011, a majority of clinical departments had moved into the new, 214,000-square-foot Medical Office Building. Further expansions were completed in the summer of 2012:
• Four new patient floors at The University of Kansas Hospital
• Six new operating rooms
• The University of Kansas Hospital-Indian Creek Campus (a 42,000-square-foot facility
1. Work toward quality improvement and patient safety continues, with a study group involving The University of Kansas Hospital, The University of Kansas Physicians and the KU School of Medicine. The offices of Medical Education and Graduate Medical Education will incorporate best practices into the curriculum.
1. Evaluation and investment in key priorities include partnerships with the Kansas City Cancer Center and Marillac, construction of additional patient facilities, and engagement of national consultants to assist with clinical integration.