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In this issue:
Page 2: Drs. Blatt, Chilton and Rosenberg Named Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report Page 5: Research Medical Center Receives National Award for Organ Donation Rate Page 8: Adopt-A-Family Page 11: Employee of the Month Page 14: Telemedicine Open House

The Dr. Oz show Visits Research Brookside Campus

15- Minute Physical offered to 1,000 pre-registered applicants; Dr. Oz presents health report card to Mayor Sly James
Dr. Mehmet Oz, two-time Emmy Award-winning host of the two-time Emmy Award-winning, nationally syndicated The Dr. Oz Show, gave Kansas City a 15-Minute Physical in partnership with HCA Midwest Health System, Alere, Inc. and Practice Fusion on October 30, at the Research Brookside Campus. The 15 Minute Physical consisted of a quick series of screening tests that included a lipid panel (HDL and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides), and blood glucose made possible on the Alere Cholestech LDX System, a rapidly reading mobile lab device contributed by Alere, Inc. In addition to the blood test, registrants had their blood pressure and waist size measured. By linking these five important markers, a very basic idea of general risk for heart disease and diabetes can be determined. Screenings and consultations were provided by clinical staff from Research Medical Center, Belton Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Midwest Family Physicians, GoppertTrinity Family Care, Research College of Nursing and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Upon learning the results, participants were advised whether they were in optimum health, should address any of the conditions, or follow-up with their primary care physician. By providing quick, basic information to people, life threatening chronic disease can be stopped in its tracks, which is the mission of the 15-Minute Physical. Note: Like us on Facebook to view more photos from Dr. Ozs visit on the Research Brookside Campus! A link announcing the results of the health report card is also included on our Facebook page. Visit facebook.com/researchmedicalcenter.


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Dr. Oz greets the clinical staff before the event

(L-R): Loren Meyer, MD, Kevin J. Hicks, Jim Heeter, Sarah Smith, Dr. Oz, Stephen Salanski, MD, Darryl Nelson, MD, Mayor Sly James

Geoffrey Blatt, MD, Jonathan Chilton, MD, and William Rosenberg, MD, Named as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report
Neurosurgeons recognized in prestigious listing of countrys 631 top neurosurgeons
Three physicians with Midwest Neurosurgery Associates and the Midwest Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center have been named as Top Doctors 2012 by U.S. News & World Report. Geoffrey L. Blatt, MD, Jonathan D. Chilton, MD, and William S. Rosenberg, MD are in the nations 631 top neurosurgeons and the top 10 percent of neurosurgeons in the region. The physicians are featured in a recently released report by U.S. News of 31,000 doctors in a wide range of medical specialties. The determination of the prestigious nomination is based on nominations submitted by physicians, which are reviewed by a physician-led research team. Midwest Neurosurgery Associates is a renowned, awardwinning, five-member practice serving greater metropolitan Kansas City and rural communities in Missouri and Kansas within a 150-mile radius. We strive to be a patient-focused practice, says Dr. Rosenberg. We are diligent in using best practices while also focusing on efficient, state-of-the-art medicine. We are pleased these U.S. News & World Report rankings mirror our collective efforts. Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health SystemKansas Citys largest healthcare network and private-sector employerwas ranked No. 3 in the Kansas City metro area in U.S. News & World Report's first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings in April 2011. We are honored to have Dr. Blatt, Dr. Chilton and Dr. Rosenberg nominated to this prestigious listing of the nations top neurosurgeons, says Kevin J. Hicks, president and chief executive officer of Research Medical Center. They have an unwavering commitment to the patient and best outcomes as a result of evidence-based practices. Their innovative approach to neuroscience and offering the most current technology to patients is an asset to the community. geoffrey l. Blatt, Md, is board-certified in neurosurgery and has practiced in Kansas City for 20 years. Dr. Blatt earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and performed his residency at State University of New York-Buffalo. His fellowship was conducted at Brown University in Rhode Island. Dr. Blatt has served as the president of the state and local Neurosurgical Societies as well as the National Council of Neurosurgery. He has special training in complex spine and spinal instrumentation, endoscopic and minimally-invasive surgery, radiosurgery and neurovascular surgery. Jonathan d. Chilton, Md, is boardcertified in neurosurgery and has practiced in Kansas City for 24 years. He received a master of public health degree from Columbia University in New York City and attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY Dr. Chilton completed his neurosurgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1988, including training in pediatric neurosurgery at Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and training at the Atkinson Morley's Hospital in London, England. He completed board certification in neurosurgery in 1991 and is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Chilton is the director of the Midwest Gamma Knife Center, which was the first dedicated cranial radiosurgery facility in the five-state Midwest region, and is the director of The Center for Facial Pain at the Midwest Neuroscience Institute, which offers comprehensive care for the diagnosis and treatment of all types of facial pain, including trigeminal neuralgia. His other areas of subspecialty interests include brain tumor and spine surgery.

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Neurosurgeons Named Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report

william S. rosenberg, Md, attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA in 1987 and completed his neurosurgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993. He is a fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Dr. Rosenberg began his career with the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio where he was director of Neurotrauma and Neurocritical Care at the University of Cincinnati and specialized in complex spinal surgery. Dr. Rosenberg was then recruited to co-direct the Neurospinal Disorders Program in the Department of Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco, from 1998-2002, where he co-founded the Spinal Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rosenberg left academic neurosurgery in 2002, joining Midwest Neurosurgery Associates, out of a desire for greater focus on patient care and the ability to spend more time with family. In Kansas City, Dr. Rosenberg continued to pursue interests in complex spinal surgery. In addition, he expanded his area of expertise to include the treatment of chronic and cancer-related pain, founding the Center for the Relief of Pain. Dr. Rosenberg is actively involved in treating patients in pain with such modalities as intrathecal pharmacotherapy, peripheral nerve, spinal cord and deep brain stimulation and neuroablation such as cordotomy and myelotomy.

Research Family Medicine Residency Program

Congratulations Class of 2012!

(Front row l-r): Maggie Ngar, DO, Cabot Westside Health Center, Kansas City; Stefanie Shustek, MD, IPC Hospitalist at Research Medical Center; J.P. Armilio, MD, Midwest Physicians Hospitalists at Research Medical Center; Melissa Lane, DO, Metropolitan Pulmonary & Hospitalists, Lees Summit/Overland Park; Dacia McIntyre, MD, Midwest Physicians Hospitalists at Research Medical Center. (Back row l-r): Jon Wada, MD, JWCH Institute, Skid Row Homeless Clinic, Los Angeles, CA; Anjushree Kumar, MD, Internal Medicine Residency, University of Kansas Medical Center; Stephanie Garcia, DO, Geriatrics Fellowship, University of Kansas Medical Center; Heather Toney, DO Metropolitan Pulmonary & Hospitalists, Lees Summit/Overland Park; Jason So, MD, Parkville Family Practice, Parkville, MO; Roxanna Rivetna, MD, Tecumseh Manning Med Center Family Medicine, Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada; Cesar Espiritu, MD, Bright Health Physicians, Whittier, CA; Catherine Yeung, MD, Docs Who Care, Locum Tenens.

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News Briefs
SCott BJerke, Md, FaCS, ContriButeS to EssEntials of GEnEral surGEry
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins released the 5th Edition of Essentials of General Surgery. Scott Bjerke, MD, FACS, trauma program medical director at Research Medical Center, co-authored the trauma chapter in the new book. Dr. Bjerke also presented at the 2012 Trauma Trends Conference in St. Joseph, MO.

Canteen vending oFFerS new Food ServiCe at reSearCh BrookSide CaMPuS

Canteen Vending unveiled its new self-service vending concept called Avenue C at the 6675 Holmes building. Avenue C is an open air vending concept that offers employees a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, snacks and beverages. The area is completely self-serve with the help of an automated touch screen kiosk that accepts cash and card. Its located on the ground level (2nd floor) of the 6675 Holmes building in what was formerly a radiology break room.

reSearCh MediCal Center hoStS Fourth advanCed trauMa liFe SuPPort reFreSher ClaSS
The 4th Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider and Refresher class was held at Research Medical Center October 6-7. Trauma surgeons Robert Troiani, MD, Earl Scott, MD, Heather Klepacz, MD, John Webb, MD and Scott Bjerke, MD participated as instructors. Janet Bjerke RN, BSN, MBA, organized and conducted the course for nine physicians and residents. ATLS is a basic trauma course for non-trauma physicians created by the American College of Surgeons to improve trauma care in non-trauma centers and sets the national and international standards for safe, efficient trauma care both in trauma centers and non-trauma centers across the United States and the world.

Joel MCkinSey, Md, Featured on Fox-4 newS

FOX-4 health reporter Meryl Lin McKean interviewed Joel McKinsey, MD, infectious disease specialist at Research Medical Center. Dr. McKinsey discussed the results of a recent study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. The study found that the influenza vaccine could be an important treatment for maintaining heart health and warding off strokes and heart attacks. The flu shot may reduce risk of a major cardiac event by 50 percent and cardiac deaths by 40 percent.

StePhanie graFF, Md, Featured on nBC aCtion newS Midday Show

Stephanie Graff, MD, oncologist and breast cancer specialist at Research Medical Center, was a featured guest on the KSHB-41 NBC Action News midday show. She discussed several breast cancer myths and stressed the importance of screening mammograms.

JenniFer Parreira, nanCy deBaSio Featured in thE kansas city nursinG nEws
Jennifer Parreira, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, was recently featured as Nurse of the Week in The Kansas City Nursing News. Nancy DeBasio, PhD, RN, president and dean of Research College of Nursing, was also featured for her recent selection into the 2012 Class of Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing and includes only 1,800 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research nationwide.


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Research Medical Center Receives National Award for Organ Donation Rate
The Department of Health and Human Services presented awards to 18 Kansas and Missouri hospitals for its success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation, including Research Medical Center receiving the Silver award. Hospital executives, together with Midwest Transplant Network (MTN), received the Departments Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities. They were recognized at the 7th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice held Oct. 4-5 in Grapevine, TX. Our success is greatly influenced by the success of our hospital partners, said Jan Finn, MTN chief operations officer. We would like to congratulate Research Medical Center and thank them for its support of our mission to save lives.

(L-R): Daniel Murillo, MD, transplant surgeon; Pam Mayberry, Midwest Transplant Network, Liz Blakely, RN, The Transplant Institute; Dana Maguire, ICU manager; Cyndi Johnson, CNO; Rob Linderer, Midwest Transplant Center CEO.

Research Psychiatric Center Receives 2012 Missouri Quality Award

Research Psychiatric Centerpart of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas Citys largest healthcare network and privatesector employeris a recipient of the 2012 Missouri Quality Award (MQA). The MQA is the official state recognition for excellence in quality leadership; the annual awards are given by the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. The MQA is modeled after the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and is recognized as one of the strongest state-level quality award programs in the country. Research Psychiatric Center is the only Kansas City-area healthcare facility to receive one of the two statewide 2012 Missouri Quality Awards and the only freestanding behavioral health facility to ever win the MQA. Research Psychiatric Center provides a full range of inpatient psychiatric services, including group and individual therapies, expressive therapy, as well as social service, nursing and pharmacy support. This honor is the direct result of the hard work of professionals who help ensure the delivery of excellent healthcare to patients, says Mel Lagarde, president, HCA Midwest Health System. Research Psychiatric Center stands out for providing compassionate, evidence-based behavioral healthcare, a real asset in the Kansas City area. I would like to thank each and every one of the Research Psychiatric Center staff, physicians and other stakeholders for their hours of hard work and preparation to demonstrate that RPC serves its mission of providing excellence in psychiatric care, says Richard Failla, chief executive officer, Research Psychiatric Center. The MQA is also emblematic of our unwavering commitment to provide quality and accessible patient care to meet the ever-expanding behavioral health needs of adolescent, adult and senior patients in the Greater Kansas City metro area. Research Psychiatric Center will be honored at an awards presentation banquet on November 15, during the Excellence In Missouri Conference.
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Medical/surgical symposium
November 16 Classrooms L&M
Join us for a Medical/Surgical Symposium on November 16 from 8 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in Classroom L&M (B-level). Presenters and topics will include: Michael Waxman, MD - Preface to Critical Care Vik Zadoo, MD - Hand Trauma - The Old and the New Michael Connor, MD - Gastroenterology Sasha Taghizadeh, MD - Compartment Syndrome Ahmad Al-Mubasalt, MD - Diabetes Therapeutics, Current Landscape and Future Prospects

To register, email your name, address, title, and unit to julia.payne@hcahealthcare.com by November 13. Research Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation. The participant will receive 4.25 contact hours. Approval to present this program does not imply ANCC commission on Accreditation or MONA approval or endorsement of any commercial products.

ACls/Bls Renewals
Is it time to renew? Fall is a very busy time for ACLS and BLS renewals. If it is time for you to renew, you must follow these steps: Call 276-4108 and ask that it be added to your HealthStream (dont forget to tell us when you expire) Complete Part 1 on HealthStream (www.healthstream.com/hlc/hca) Call 276-4108 to schedule your Part 2 check-off Please remember that it becomes very busy at the end of the month so if you wait until the last minute, there may not be time available for you to complete your check-off before the end of the month. In addition, the Clinical Excellence office will be closed for three days around the Thanksgiving holiday.


Clinical Excellence update

Transformational Leadership is alive and well at Research Medical Center. It is through our Shared Governance Councils that nurses are able to make decisions that directly influence their work environment and patient care. Shared Governance at Research Medical Center includes the following councils:

Practice council Meets monthly on the second Tuesday at

7:30 a.m. in Meeting Room 1. Led by co-chairs Christina Quick and Gail Mayer, the Council addresses professional nursing practices, policies and hospital processes.

nurse Quality Peer review council Meets monthly on the first Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the Maternal Child classroom. The co-chairs are Leah Coons and Cassie Morrison. The Council reviews nursing cases using the Just Culture algorithm, makes recommendations and disseminate lessons learned. If interested in joining, please contact one of the co-chairs. survey readiness council Meets the last Wednesday of every other month at 8 a.m. in Meeting Room 3&4. Led by chair Lynnette Hayes, the Council reviews survey requirements and determines how to keep Research Medical Center surveyready. Professional develoPment and education council Meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Auxiliary Room. Led by chair Gina Taylor and co-chair Julia Payne, this Council provides educational opportunities for professional development, including the annual Healthcare Career Education Fair. Membership is designed for two nurses per unit/department. Staff are invited to visit Councils that interest them (except Peer Review). If you are interested in representing your unit and joining a Council, contact your manager or the Council chairs.
Note: A Shared Governance breakfast will take place in lieu of a December meeting for all Councils. The November Research Council meeting will be moved to the first Wednesday of December.

outPatient Practice council Meets monthly on the fourth

Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Physician Lounge on the Research Brookside Campus. The chair is Barb Miller. The Council addresses any professional nursing practice, policies, and hospital processes as they relate to the outpatient setting.

research council Meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday at

8 a.m. on 7 West. Led by chair Pat Conley and co-chair Sarah Prichard, this Council serves as a forum to review, support and disseminate nursing research that works in conjunction with the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation.

retention council Meets monthly on the third Wednesday at 8 a.m. in the 3 North classroom. Led by chair Becky Wright and co-chair Sirena Howrey, this council reviews retention rates and celebrates the excellent nursing staff at Research Medical Center through awards and recognition.

Council Highlights
Practice council
The Council is currently looking for ideas on how to reduce medication interruption to implement at Research Medical Center. Carolyn Gasser, Quality & Patient Safety department, submitted four new or revised policies to the Council: Construction; Interim Life Safety and Infection Control; Management and Control of Bedbugs in Healthcare Settings; and TB Control Plan, and Exposure Control Plan. Policies will no longer contain detailed procedure information so staff should refer to Lippincotts Nursing Procedure Manual. Policies that were deleted due to this include: Bowel Management, Incisional Pain Pump, Parenteral Nutrition Management, Traction Management and Chest Tube Management. To access Lippincott, visit the right hand side of the Intranet page.

outPatient Practice council

The Outpatient Practice Council is in full swing. Current areas of focus include improving patient satisfaction scores, AIDET standardization, survey readiness, developing clinical competencies, supply needs and documentation. Several Ad Hoc members will be invited to the council meetings to help improve and or change processes to have a better outcome for staff.

research council
The Research Council is looking to recruit new members who want to be involved with the Council and develop a study in their area of practice in order to find evidence to potentially improve care, reducing healthcare costs and improving patient/nurse satisfaction. A skin care study being conducted on 4 West by Pat Conley, MSN RN has 61 patients enrolled. The Research Council is also fortunate to have a partnership with the Center for Nursing Research and Innovation (CNRI). Rebecca Saxton is the chair and Julie Nauser serves as the co-chair. The CNRI assists nurses in conducting research and guides them through the entire process of developing the idea, designing a study, data collection and disseminating results. Completed studies from the CNRI include: An Abbreviated 7-Item NIH Stroke Scale, Heart Failure Family Caregivers, Medication Administration Interruption and Nurse Manager Workload Perception. Ongoing studies include: The Effect of Nurse-Physician Relationships, Effectiveness of an Absorbent Foam Dressing in Prevention of Sacral Pressure Ulcers in the ICU, Patients Perception of Nursing Attire, and the Nurse Residency Program.

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The holiday season is fast approaching. Our economy is stable but fragile and hopefully our 401Ks have grown and matured (at least some). Without your help, many of our Research Medical Center co-workers and their families will experience a very meager holiday season this year. We are appealing to your heart as much as your pocketbook when we ask for your help. Your generosity and bountiful spirit made it possible for many Research Medical Center families to enjoy and celebrate holidays past. Last year over 28 Research Medical Center families benefited from the collective generosity of 23 hospital departments and physician partners. Many thanks! We are now planning Research Medical Centers Adopt-A-Family program for 2012. If you and those in your department are interested in helping our Research Medical Center families, including those who work at the Research Brookside Campus, contact your supervisor, department director, your unit chaplain, or the Pastoral Care department at 276-4120. All interested departments and individuals, please respond by November 16. This will allow ample time to collect gifts and food. Distribution will be Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the main campus. If you are a Research Medical Center employee who would like to be considered for adoption, you may pick-up a nomination form in the Pastoral Care office, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nomination forms need to be completed and returned to the Pastoral Care department by November 16. All family adoptions are managed confidentially.

Dorothy Partin Honored With Third Quarter P.E.E.R. Award

Dorothy Partin, RN, (Cardiology Cath Lab) was recently honored with the first quarter Professional Exemplifying Excellence at Research (P.E.E.R.) award. The P.E.E.R. Recognition Program was designed by the Nursing Councils to identify and honor superior nurses at Research Medical Center who exemplify clinical excellence. This honor includes a monetary award for continuing education in nursing at Research Medical Center. This award is presented to one nurse each quarter. In addition to Partin, other nominees included Leah Coons (5 East), Marquita McAdams (4 North) and Brandi Samson (4 East). Below are several comments from Dorothys co-workers: Dorothy is a continuous role model for professionalism, competence and compassion. She is one of the most team-oriented nurses that Research Medical Center employs. Dorothy is an excellent resource and educator. She has been a dedicated employee for many years and deserves this recognition. Im privileged to work in the same department with Dorothy.

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New Policy Changes to ECHO Employee Assistance Fund

The Employees Contributing to Help Others (ECHO) Team and The Research Foundation recently announced new policy changes to its Employee Assistance Fund. This fund, made possible by Research Medical Center employees who contribute as members of ECHO, will now make up to $2,000 available to Research employees in need of financial help. Eligibility for this fund include enduring a serious illness, natural disaster, disability or handicap as a result of an accident or natural disaster, domestic violence and homelessness. However, funds cannot be used for routine expenses such as house or car repairs, reduced hours at work or spouse losing their job, funeral expenses, divorce, bankruptcy, home foreclosure, eviction notice or child support. Additionally, Research Medical Center employees in need can now apply for funds once every three years if needed. Prior to the policy change, employees were only eligible to receive monetary funds once during their employment. To inquire about receiving monetary aide from the Employee Assistance Fund, please contact the Pastoral Care department at 816-276-4120 for a confidential interview.



noveMBer 3: 14th Candlelight Ball @ Overland Park sheraton Hotel. Call 276-4218 for details. deCeMBer 5: Telemedicine Open House, @ Research Medical Center cafeteria, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. deCeMBer 5: Pelvic Prolapse and urinary incontinence presented by samuel kuykendall, MD, @ Research Brookside Campus, 6-7:30 p.m. FeBruary 1: Hoeper Primary Care symposium @ Overland Park sheraton Hotel, 7:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Healthy Habits update

nutrition in every handful
Nuts pack a lot of nutrition into a little package. In just one ounce of nuts youll find protein, healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants. Novembers Superfood of the Month is Nuts. Come check out healthy recipes and other information that discuss benefits of the superfood of the month. Keep your eye out for healthy eating Thanksgiving tips as well! On Wednesday, November 14 Chef Michael will be featuring a Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry in the cafeteria. Come on by and try it out! Back by popular demand we have restarted the build your own deli sandwich station in the Research Medical Center cafeteria. Courtesy of the Food and Nutrition Department




Hoeper Primary Care symposium

February 1, 2013 Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
Mark your calendars! On February 1, 2013, the Hoeper Primary Care Symposium will be held at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. Presented by The Research Foundation, Post Graduate Institute for Medicine and Bixby Institute, this symposium will offer a variety of topics including diabetes care, managing COPD, cervical cancer prevention, chronic kidney disease care, current healthcare advances in the eradication of vaccine preventable infections in youth, and the management of community acquired pneumonia. Physicians and healthcare professionals can earn up to 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for attending. The Hoeper Primary Care Symposium is being supported through The Research Foundation Hoeper Bixby Educational Fund, which was established by Dr. Sam Hoeper, Sr. The purpose of the fund is to support medical symposiums and conferences for the benefit of the local Kansas City medical community. To find out more information on the symposium, please visit www.theresearchfoundationkc.org or call the Foundation at 816-276-4218. PrograM agenda 7:15 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast Moderators: sam hoePer, Jr., md and anne sly, md 7:55 a.m. Welcome & Introduction 4 p.m. Adjournment 8 a.m. diane harPer, md, mPh, ms Lessons We Have Learned in Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control 9 a.m. Joel mcKinsey, md Management of Community Acquired Pneumonia 10 a.m. Morning Break 10:30 a.m. suddarshan hebbar, md Treatment of Diabetic Kidney Disease: Current and Future Considerations 11:30 a.m. Luncheon 12:30 p.m. mary anne JacKson, md History of Pediatric Vaccine Preventable Infections Through the Eyes of the Red Book 1:30 p.m. michael d. chacey, md Update in Pulmonary Medicine: Drugs, Diagnostics and Devices 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Break 2:45 p.m. ahmad n. al-mubaslat, md Diabetes Therapy: Evolution, Current Landscape and Future Prospects 3:45 p.m. Summary/Evaluation

Perioperative Nurse Week

November 5-11
In 1979, the AORN House of Delegates approved a resolution that AORN designate a day each year to promote consumer education and enhance public knowledge regarding the role of the perioperative nurse. November 14 was designated as OR Nurse Day, and a few years later, the observation was expanded to a full week. Since 1979 individual members, AORN chapters, hospitals and other medical facilities have organized special events and utilized other forms of publicity to help educate the public about the diverse roles performed by perioperative registered nurses. In 2000, OR Nurse Week was changed to Perioperative Nurse Week to more accurately reflect the broad spectrum of patient care services provided to surgical patients by perioperative nurses.


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Quarterly Patient satisfaction Winners

Congratulations to the inpatient Neuro/Ortho/Trauma unit and the outpatient PT/OT department for receiving the quarterly patient satisfaction award. The award is a testament to the hard-working and dedicated staff of the Neuro/Ortho/Trauma department. The staffs attention to individualized quality care shines on a daily basis as a result of the cohesive environment led by clinical managers Mary Kramer and Becky Wright. The entire team is worthy of this awards distinction, said Dain Sisk, director, Neuro/Ortho/Trauma department. In addition to his departments staff excellence, Rob Schlicht has recognized one of its support departments as part of their award. Our scores are affected by the hard work the EVS staff on the Research Brookside Campus provide to keep our areas looking good. The EVS staff have been friendly and helpful in working with rehab service to improve our outpatient satisfaction scores, said Rob Schlicht, administrative director, rehabilitation services/neurophysiology clinic.

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Amy Ronchetto Radiologic Technologist

Congratulations to Amy Ronchetto, radiologic technologist, for being selected Employee of the Month for October. Below are several comments from her co-workers: Amy has a beautiful, bubbly personality. She is wonderful to work with and a consummate team player. She also has a great work ethic! She always goes above and beyond and is the go-to person in the department. She always handles tasks professionally and has done a fantastic job of learning the nuances of surgery. Amy is the perfect example of an employee of the month. She is one of the hardest working people Ive ever met. I constantly call on her unexpectedly and she never complains. Her diagnostic technology experience in the operating room has been critical to our success in meeting the expectations of neuro/trauma surgeons.

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2012 Volker Awards

Each year the Research family dedicates a day to its greatest benefactor, William Volker. Mr. Volker was born on April 1, 1859 in Hanover, Germany. He immigrated to the United States when he was 12 and settled in Chicago, where he worked for a picture frame manufacturer. At age 20, he became manager of the business, and in 1882, he moved the company to Kansas City. Mr. Volker gave much of his time, energy and money to the Kansas City community, particularly educational institutions and service organizations. As Research Medical Centers major benefactor, Mr. Volker is honored on this day, along with those employees who have demonstrated loyalty to the Research family of healthcare organizations.
five-year honorees Anitra Abdelnassar Jacquelyn Addington Paul Allain Alba Andrews Heather Asmussen Kara Baldwin Sarah Bay Melinda Bennett Nancy Birk Mary Blachly Lula Black Connie Boyd Michele Bradford Shellee Brouhard Venus Buckner Louis Calandrino Joyce Cernech Cheryl Compton Patricia Conley Tricia Crain Lisa Dowell Gretchen Engelmeyer Xuhong Fang Regina Fields Tammie Gabehart Yolanda Gardenhire LaTrisha Gaston Kelly Gilliland Leighton Harmon Richard Hill Denise Holloman Tyrone Hooks Stephanie Jernigan Marsha Jordan-Brown Chad Kahrs Gina Kelley Kathy Kelly Kathryn Kraft Roy Leal Willy Lewis Rachael Lindsay Gayle Mack-Mason Carolyn Martin Elizabeth Matthews Matthew McCluer Shelly McDermed Courtney McNeely Marian Mitchell Rosalia Molina Marnita Morris Kiele Murray Kathy Myers Theresa Nauser Brandon Nelson Angela Pearson Susan Phalen Alexandria Pitts Leslie Remington Renardo Reynolds Kim Rich Amy Ronchetto Mark Rotert Janet Rowe Daron Ruckman Brandi Samson Shannon Schloegel Suzanne Schultz Felicia Scott Sara Seabaugh Trisha Selby Deborah Shane Dane Shea Kara Sims Larry Smith, Jr. Melissa Stump Mara Swan Misty Tourtillott Jennifer Walker Rowena Washington Sean Wheaton Carl Wiseman Gina Wright Rebecca Zarse 10-year honoreeS Irene Adams Taalib-ud-Din al-Ansare Tiffany Brown Katherine Burton Donna Carter Rhonda Cole Steven Delphia Justice Diaz Robert Dingman Sara Dory Julie Durst David Glover Cheryl Hampton Jenine Hilton Lisa Hoepner Rebecca Hulett Michelle Jackson Gregory Lang Cherian Malipurathu Jennifer Miles Chidinma Nwachukwu James Osborn Ann Robinson-Loveall Jill Romero Lon Schreur Timothy Smith Cindy Stevens Cassandra Tenney Richard Vanhoecke Jennifer Weaver Tracy Wilford Shommietta Wilkins Justin Wilson Larry Woodard Terryl Woodruff Julie Wood-Warner Dean Yakel 15-year honoreeS Tiffany Blansit Karen Byers Katrina Charles Paul Eyler Daniel Fehr Catherine Fox Angela Gage Mark Graap Barbara Hancock Henry Harrell Heather Harrison Morteza Hosseini Mary Kramer Donald Philgreen Ella Phillips Cris Riego De Dios Leslie Smith Steven Sutherland Ronnetta Thompson Lashan Tolbert Elizabeth Tremain Sucesia Williams Veronica Young 20-year honoreeS Robert Aber Mary Allen Lana Davies Karen Debrick Harriet Doyle David Eubank Linda Fricke Susan Glenn Michele Haefele Annie Hargrove Susan Hendrickson Diane Hirt Stephanie Hooper Richard Hotchkiss Betty Johnson Jamey Lewis Patricia Lunn Marilyn Pichette Patricia Rinehart James Rosasco Shirley Spencer June Stark Mark Suenram Terry Suppes Holly Tye Gwen Williams Lezona Williams Rebecca Wright 25-year honoreeS Nancy Bandy Rebecca Becker Janet Boggess Norma Bolling Catherine Burge Vivian Caylor Gary Chapman Donna Forgey Paulette Glosser Morena Gray Corrine Henderson Marilyn Jackson Susan Komen Teresa Lanker Fannie Ludewig Laura Mangnall Patricia Morris Jeff Pfantz Alan Robinson Lisa Sollars Christine Thurlow Cynthia Walker 30-year honoreeS Rahn Armstrong Debra Auger Juanita Berry Brenda Braden Joyce Brinkley Linda Everette Jack Jensen Christi Labruzzo Linda Mason Karen ODwyer Dorothy Robinson Vickie Tarr Barbara Tonnies Deborah Ward Mary Warner Denise Wittkop


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2012 Volker Awards

35-year honoreeS Carol Beverlin Gregory Guental Elizabeth King Marilyn Kuehn Carolyn Manzo Sharon Mathia Anne McNall Elmerine Piggie Kathy Smith Sherri Wangler Lorraine Waters Patricia Williams Stanley Winchell Sherran Wooden Julian Yates 40-year honoreeS Saundra Dunn Deborah Haber Cleo McGee Kevin McGrath Calandra Mitchem Barbara Overton Kathleen Sheehy Darby Young 45-year honoreeS Carol Chatten Eugenie Jackson Elwanda Jones

Meet Our service Champions

In 2010, the Nursing Retention and Employee Advisory councils responded to the employee engagement survey of employees wanting to have another way identified besides the CARES cards to recognize those individuals who have done an excellent job of displaying the CAREs behavior. The Retention Council developed: Show Us How RMC Cares. In response to this recommendation, the Council developed the Service Champions Award. There is always someone in the facility who everyone knows to be kind, compassionate and willing to do anything for the patients, co-workers or physicians. We have many, but wanted to honor a few on an annual basis who have received numerous cards from all of these sources mentioned above. The senior leadership team wanted to take a few moments to recognize and thank them for a job well done by having an annual luncheon. Each individual will receive a Service Champion pin and a token of appreciation. Those recognized on Oct. 17 (for 2011) were identified as follows: Helen Austin (CAPPS), Kristen Lockard (Neuro/Ortho), Lisa Jones (CAPPS), Joe Vlasak (Diagnostic Radiology), Kara Sims (Surgery), Wes Penny (ICU), Patricia Tapang (3 North), Karen Wagner (CAPPS), Archelle Blount (CAPPS), Theresa Glick (Cath Lab) and Keith Trammel (Radiology). The development of this annual award recognition luncheon was a success with the class of 2011 and it is the hope that we continue this event annually for years to come.

Pelvic Prolapse and urinary incontinence

If you suffer from bladder leakage during physical activity, or a feeling of bulging or pressure in your pelvic area known as prolapse, discover todays solutions. Procedures with demonstrated safety and efficacy are now available to help restore your comfort, control and confidence. You dont have to be one of them. Samuel Kuykendall, MD, urology specialist at Research Medical Center, will discuss these issues at an upcoming seminar. date: Dec. 5 registration: 6 p.m. seminar: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Presented by: Samuel Kuykendall, MD location: Research Brookside Campus Curry Auditorium


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Womens services update

The Womens Services department has purchased a new hearing screener. The screener is used to provide the required hearing testing on all newborns prior to discharge. This applies to all of our babies, including our NICU babies. The new equipment replaces one that went into forced retirement. New NICU infant scales will replace older equipment that had limited accuracy when weighing low birth weight infants. The new scales provide better weight accuracy for our smallest patients.

This new equipment will allow our staff to provide safe and reliable measurement and screening of our infants. As an aside, the NICU received our long-awaited new neonatal transport crib which is used to transport our NICU infants from Delivery Room to NICU, from NICU to Radiology and other procedural areas. This significantly improves the safety and quality of care for our infants requiring such transport.
Submitted by: Beth Hopkins Director, Womens Services

Echo lab Attains Accreditation

Kudos to the Echo Lab Team for their outstanding accomplishment attaining Echo Lab Accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission! This accreditation recognized excellence in technical skill and expertise, physician commitment and organizational structure. The lab was granted accreditation in the following three areas: Transthoracic echocardiography Transesophageal echocardiography Stress echocardiography

Kiranmayi Chilappa, MD, medical director of the Echo Lab, has been instrumental in this process and we are lucky to have her as part of the team!

telemedicine open house

SAVE THE DATE! December 5 Research Medical Center Cafeteria 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Great American smokeout

Please join Research Medical Center and the American Cancer Society in the Great American Smoke out on November 15. Lets move from awareness to action. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Smoking accounts for 443,000 premature deaths and 49,400 nonsmokers die as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke. Quitting smoking is one of the most important steps you can take to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

set a Quit date

Change your environment; get rid of all cigarettes and ashtrays in your home and car; and dont let people smoke in your home. Go over your past attempts to quit- think about what worked and what didnt. Once you quit, dont smoke again- not even a puff.

your Quit day is coming

Distract yourself from urges to smoke. Talk to someone, go for a walk, get busy with a task. When you first try to quit, change your routine. Do something to reduce your stress; take a hot bath, exercise, read a book. Plan to do something enjoyable every day. Drink a lot of water and other nonalcoholic beverages.

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