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In this issue:
Page 3: Research Medical Center Announces Medical Staff Appointments Page 4: Brittany Schulte, RN, Honored with P.E.E.R. Award Page 7: 6th Annual Community Block Party & Health Fair Page 10: The Center for Integrative Therapy Page 13: Healthy Habits Corner

Research Medical Center to Unveil VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

Unit located on 7 East; Open House slated for March 21
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Kansas City will host an open house on March 21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m. Its first local inpatient hospice unit is located on 7 East within Research Medical Center. Designed to meet the communitys needs for hospice services for terminally ill patients with complex symptoms, the facility is slated to be completed and begin accepting patients in late March. The 9,000-square-foot, 16-bed facility has been built to ensure maximum comfort for patients and their families, with amenities that are designed to feel like home and include kitchen, dining and sitting areas as well as a serenity room for quiet contemplation and meditation. We look forward to providing the high-quality, compassionate hospice care service for which VITAS is known and that our patients and their families expect, said VITAS of Kansas City general manager Julia Vandervelde, RN. Our community has an unmet need for inpatient hospice beds, said Susan Shreeve, chief financial officer at Research Medical Center. We are very pleased to be able to work with VITAS to provide this service to our community. It is a great benefit to our patients and their families.

Denise Charpentier VP, Marketing/PR (816) 276-9293



Mike Ralston Director, Marketing/PR (816) 276-9475




6th Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair

Saturday, april 28 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. WeSt parking lot
Join the fun on April 28 as Research Medical Center and The Research Foundation host the 6th Annual Community Block Party & Health Fair. The Cleaver Family YMCA will provide fitness activities for the entire family, including yoga, tae kwon do and other athletic demonstrations. The Childrens Area will include carnival games, a moon walk, face painting, and free bicycle helmets to the first 250 children. The HealthFair Bus will provide heart and vascular screenings. Free health screenings will include blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI, bone density, glaucoma and liver wellness. Local celebrity chef Jasper Mirabile will offer a free healthy cooking demonstration.



Chef Jasper Mirabile

Research Medical Center Receives Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Award demonstrates Research Medical Centers commitment to quality care for heart failure patients
Research Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure. This award is given only to hospitals that achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with four of nine Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to improve outcomes, prevent future hospitalizations and prolong life. Under Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. Research Medical Center is dedicated to being among the top hospitals nationwide in the care of heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Associations Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure program is helping us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for our patients, said Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer at Research Medical Center. Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure helps Research Medical Centers staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, decision support, robust registry, real-time benchmarking capabilities and other performance improvement methodologies toward the goal of enhancing patient outcomes and saving lives. According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.

(From left): Cherie Boxberger, American Heart Association; Tess Laoruangroch, Heart Failure Clinic; and Willie Lawrence, Jr., MD

Cherie Boxberger, director of quality improvement initiatives, discussed key metrics that Research Medical Center attained for its heart failure gold plus certification

Members of the Heart Failure Clinic team at Research Medical Center


Research Medical Center Announces Medical Staff Appointments

Kyle coFFmAn, md Family practice

shAron hArris-bAugh, md obStetricS/gynecology

stePhen sAlAnsKi, md by-laWS committee

williAm stePhenson, md cancer committee

Julie wood, md credentialS committee

JAson grAFF, md patient care committee

scott bJerKe, md trauma committee

Chief: Kimberly Moncure, MD Vice Chief: Todd Freund, MD

Chief: Neil Bhargava, MD Vice Chief: Barry Gubin, MD

inFormAtics committee
Chair: Joel McKinsey, MD

Chief: Dow Richards, DO

Chief: Thomas Franey, MD Cardiothoracic Chair: Frederic Seligson, MD Dentistry Chair: Cesar Solano, MD General Surgery Chair: Rex Joyce, MD Neurosurgery Chair: Frank Feigenbaum, MD Ophthamology Chair: Mahendra Rupani, MD Orthopedics Chair: Gerald McNamara, MD Otolaryncology Chair: David Rudman, MD Plastic Surgery Chair: Richard Bene, MD Urology Chair: Steven Nash, MD Podiatry Chair: Sheldon Fleishman, DPM

medicAl records/utilizAtion review committee

Chair: Meredith Levine, MD

FAmily PrActice
Chief: Kyle Coffman, MD Vice Chief: Anne Sly, MD

oPerAting room committee

Chair: Robert Bruce, MD

Chief: Robert Golder, MD Vice Chief: Michael Connor, MD Cardiovascular Chair: Willie Lawrence, MD Endocrinology Chair: Ahmad Al-Mubaslat, MD Gastroenterology Chair: Gregory Merritt, MD Infectious Disease Chair: David McKinsey, MD Internal Medicine Chair: Olevia Pitts, MD Nephrology Chair: Robert Golder, MD Oncology Chair: William Stephenson, MD Physical Medicine/Rehab Chair: Renu Debroy, MD Pulmonology Chair: Tannaz Montee, MD Rheumatology Chair: Chandra Chilappa, MD Neurology Chair: Iftekhar Ahmed, MD Psychiatry Chair: Steven Segraves, MD

PAtient cAre committee

Chair: Jason Graff, MD

PerFormAnce imProvement committee

Co-Chair: David McKinsey, MD Co-Chair: Deborah Flores, VP, Quality

by-lAws committee
Chair: Stephen Salanski, MD

PhArmAcy & therAPeutics committee

Chair: Robert Golder, MD

cAncer committee
Chair: William Stephenson, MD

PhysiciAn heAlth And conduct committee

Chair: Selection in process

credentiAls committee
Chair: Julie Wood, MD

trAumA committee
Chair: Scott Bjerke, MD

Chief: Sharon Harris-Baugh, MD

criticAl cAre committee

Chair: Richard Muther, MD

Chief: Craig Elson, MD Vice Chief: Patricia Meier, MD

educAtion committee
Chair: Anne Sly, MD

ethics committee
Co-Chair: Katherine Schooley, MD Co-Chair: Chris Duncan, RN

Chief: Jackie Tenney, MD Vice Chief: Robert Rhodes, MD

grAduAte medicAl educAtion committee

Chair: Robert Golder, MD



Marie Barrentine, RN, BSN, MA, EdES

Marie Barrentine, RN, BSN, MA, EdES, is a nurse whose involvement with the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), has enriched her career in the Operating Room at Research Medical Center. Barrentine taught at the Research College of Nursing from 1972 to 1986. I was responsible for having operating room nursing integrated into the schools curriculum, she explains. Surgery has always been my favorite area of nursing. It requires true teamwork to achieve the best outcome for the patient. Barrentine transitioned to her current role as a member of the Research Medical Center Operating Rooms registered nursing team in 1986, where she continues today. Her work with the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter of AORN has included serving as president twice, most recently in 20092010. She has attended the groups national congress for the past 30 years, traveling throughout the country to learn about the latest in operating room best practices, and has been the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including two national awards for videos recognizing the local chapters activities. She was also selected as the 2009 periOperative Nurse of the Year for the Greater Kansas City Area Chapter, a group with more than 300 members. I was nominated and selected by my peers, so I am very proud of that accomplishment, she says. As a highly-experienced nurse, Barrentine still sees the value in remaining active with AORN. I enjoy the professional education and networking opportunities available through AORN, she says. The group has helped me to stay on top of the constant changes in this field and its important to keep AORN alive to improve the care of our patients undergoing surgery.
Photo courtesy of Phil Licata

Nurse Profile

Brittany Schulte, RN, Honored with Fourth Quarter P.E.E.R. Award

brittAny schulte, rn, (4 North) was recently honored with the 2011 fourth 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 Schulte, other nominees included nicole showAlter, rn, bsn, (The Transplant Institute), benJAmin murbAch, rn, (4 East) and sArAh nosbisch, rn, (Emergency Department).
Below are several comments from Brittanys co-workers: Brittany is honest, reliable and has good communication skills. She provides a high standard of patient care and patient safety. Brittany is always cheerful and pleasant to everyone. She receives good feedback from her patients and family members.


Clinical Excellence Update

imPortAnt reminder!
Your mandatory Research Medical Center continuous education hours are coming due! All hours must be completed by March 31. The requirements are as follows: RNs - 15 hours; LPNs - 12 hours; PCT/techs - six hours; and Unit Secretaries - four hours. You will receive 4.0 RMC Continuous Education hours for this event. Remember these hours are due by March 31st!

certiFied nurses dAy

March 19 is Certified Nurses Day! Please join us in recognizing those nurses who are certified in their area of nursing: Carolyn Gasser, Kara Sims, Stacey Estes, Ellen Ellis, Marjorie Sams-Dillon, Nancy Rooks, Debbie Cooper, Teresa Wiseman, Deborah Flores, Venus Buckner, Ben Baker, Lynda Meyer, William Michalides, Gail Mayer, Deb Middlemas, Maria Oles, Lindsey Schroeder, Ryan Westhues, Cynthia Clark, Nicole Wallace, Komi Agbodzie, Peggy Sandels, Andrew Gerhardt, Ariana King, Kylie Tolen, Polly McNeece, Julia Payne, Anita Mallott, Ruth Woronick, June Stark, Theresa Milton, Mary Kramer, Dain Sisk, Sherry Potts, Olwyn Ross, Bradley Bryant, Barbara Miller, Becky Dowell, Susan Glenn, Chris Duncan, Dianna Lusso, Amy Waris, Lindsey Reed, Christi VanBuskirk, Vanetia McFarlin, Amber Boes, Kirk McCarty, Darinda Reberry and Melody Alexander.
Note: If you are a certified nurse and not mentioned in the list, notify the Clinical Excellence department at 276-4108 so that we may recognize you in the future.

listen And leArn

Please join us for The Library at Your Fingertips, presented by Kitty Serling on March 22 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Auxiliary Room on B-Level. A total of 1.0 Research Medical Center Continuous Education hour will be provided.

inAugurAl sPring medicAl/surgicAl nursing symPosium

Join us for the Inaugural Spring Medical/Surgical Symposium on Tuesday, March 27 from 8 a.m. - noon in Classroom J/K. Our topics will include: Care of the Patients with Chest tubes (John Forman. MD) oh *!@# -- who do you Call? Code Busters (Cheryl Edwards and Myra Merritt) Hospital acquired infections (Joel McKinsey, MD) Pain Management (Chris Duncan)


News Briefs
Jo HilBreNNer Featured oN FoX-4 NewS
FOX-4 health reporter Meryl Lin McKean interviewed Jo Hilbrenner, FNP-C, certified family nurse practitioner and Center for Wellness director at Midwest Heart Associates. Jo discussed the results of a recent survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Key findings from the survey included: In 2010, about one in three adults who had seen a physician or health professional in the past 12 months had been advised to begin or continue to do exercise or physical activity; Between 2000 and 2010, the percentage of adults receiving advice to exercise increased by 10 percentage points; Among adults aged 85 and over, the percentage receiving advice to exercise nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010.

HCa, iNC. reCogNized For iMProviNg HealtH oF MoMS aNd BaBieS

HCA, Inc. received recognition for its program reducing elective, early-term deliveries and achieving better outcomes for mothers and newborns at a February 8 press conference called by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. My 39 Weeks began in response to longstanding questions about the health risks associated with early term delivery. With those questions answered, theres clearly a new focus on this vitally important issue, and Im proud of this national recognition of HCAs commitment to the health of mothers and babies, said Jonathan Perlin, MD, president of the clinical and physician services group and chief medical officer. Research Medical Center was a pilot facility for the 39-week initiative and received unanimous compliance from physicians and staff.

CiNdy edwardS, rN, NaMed to iNgraMS HeroeS iN HealtHCare liSt

Cindy Edwards, RN, neurosurgical charge nurse at Research Medical Center, was recently named to the Ingrams magazine Heroes in Healthcare list. Ingrams annually recognizes its Heroes in Healthcare for their work in administration, nursing, professional staff achievement, auxiliary staff contributions, volunteer work and lifetime service. During her career at Research Medical Center, Edwards has worked in the ICU, as part of a trauma team, open-heart surgical team and now with neurosurgery.

tHe kaNSaS City NurSiNg NewS ProFileS keNdra vogel

Kendra Vogel, RN, BSN, was profiled in the February 13 issue of The Kansas City Nursing News. Kendra serves as charge nurse in the Pulmonary Immediate Care Unit on 4 West. She discussed her recent promotion to charge nurse and her work in the community.

2012 eCHo teaM MeMBerSHiP drive

The Planning Committee is preparing for the 2012 ECHO Team Membership Drive which will be June 4-8. ECHO Team members support the Employee Assistance Fund for Research Medical Center employees.

Employee of the Month

Gary Crabtree Pharmacy Department
Congratulations to gAry crAbtree, (Pharmacy) for being selected Employee of the Month for February. Nomination comments from his co-workers include: Gary exemplifies CARE values on a daily basis. He works hard and is an enjoyable person to be around. He owns the job and takes the time to be courteous to those around him. Gary runs our IV room. It is a demanding, hectic, complicated job, yet he is always courteous and ramps up the effort whenever there is more to be done that can possibly get done. He is a great co-worker and frequently spoils us with treats. Mr. Crabtree exemplifies compassionate, fastidious, appropriate care of the patient, while treating all ancillary staff with respect.



6th Annual Community Block Party and Health Fair Set for April 28
Chef Jasper Mirabile to return for healthy cooking demonstration
The 6th Annual Community Block Party & Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of Research Medical Center. Approximately 1,500 people attend the event to receive information on various health issues from more than 90 health-related organizations, or to participate in the free health screenings that include blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, dental, take home colorectal cancer kits, and glaucoma and liver wellness screenings. There also is a Kids Activity Area with carnival games, moonwalk, craft activities and face painting. The Brain Injury Association of Kansas & Greater Kansas City provides free bicycle helmets to the first 250 children, the Missouri Highway Patrol gives demonstrations of its Seatbelt Convincer and entertainment is provided by local artists throughout the event. In addition, the Cleaver Family YMCA will provide a Fitness Area, offering activities for the entire family, including yoga, tae kwon do and other athletic demonstrations. A variety of healthy snacks and beverages are available for attendees, and local celebrity chef Jasper Mirabile, Jr. will be on hand to perform a cooking demonstration. A half- and one-mile Fun Walk will take place along a specified route near the campus. The first 50 walkers who sign up to participate will receive a free gift. For more information, please call (816) 276-4218, or visit www. theresearchfoundationkc.org.



MarCH 21: VITAS Hospice unit open House/Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, 7 East, 4:30-6:30 p.m. aPril 13: 25th Infectious Disease Symposium @ Sheraton overland Park Hotel, 7:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. aPril 28: 6th Annual Community Block Party & Health Fair @ Research Medical Center, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 4: Go Red for Women luncheon @ overland Park Convention Center, noon. May 4-6: Brookside Art Annual. May 12: Mothers Day Tea & Tips for Wellness @ Research Brookside Campus, Home Base, 1-3 p.m. May 19: American Heart Associations Annual Heart Walk @ Theis Park, 8 a.m. JuNe 1-3: Just for Her Expo @ overland Park Convention Center.

Golf Classic Committee Plans for August 20 Tee Off

The 23rd Annual Research Medical Center Golf Classic, chaired by Dr. Greg Starks, will be held on Monday, August 20th at Blue Hills Country Club. The committee is planning for a great day of golf to benefit The Research Foundations ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program which celebrates 25 years in 2012. ThinkFirst provides a free, award-winning assembly to area schools grades K-12, teaching kids how safe driving, seat belts, helmets and many other methods can help them prevent traumatic injuries.


(L-R): Jerry Smith, Kevin McGrath, Dr. Gregory Starks, Dr. Brad Sullivan, Mark Compton. Not pictured: Chris Duncan, Dr. Frank Feigenbaum, Dr. Sam Hoeper, Jr., Dr. Jorge Paradelo

2012 golF clAssic committee


For more information on golfing or volunteering, please contact The Research Foundation at (816) 276-4218 or info@theresearchfoundationkc.org.


25th Infectious Disease Symposium

Friday, April 13 Sheraton Overland Park Hotel
The symposium has been planned and designed to provide primary members of the healthcare team with the tools and knowledge they need to identify and treat various infectious disease conditions of their patients. The seminar is open to physicians and other healthcare professionals. For more information, please call The Research Foundation at 816-276-4218.
agenda 7:15 a.m .................................................................................. Registration/Continental Breakfast 7:55 a.m. ................................................................................. Welcome and Introduction Moderator: dAvid mcKinsey, md 8:00 a.m. ................................................................................. FArrin mAniAn, md Pearls and Pitfalls in the Detection and Treatment of Central Nervous System Infections 9:00 a.m. ................................................................................. KAssem hAmmoud, md Treatment of Genitourinary Tract Infections: An Evidence-Based Approach 10:00 a.m. ............................................................................... Morning Break 10:30 a.m. ............................................................................... PAtriciA dAndAche, md Challenges in the Management of Staphylococcal Infections 11:30 a.m. ............................................................................... Luncheon 12:30 p.m................................................................................. Joel mcKinsey, md The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Epidemic: Role of the Clinician 1:30 p.m................................................................................... Joe wheAt, md Diagnosis of Fungal Infections: State of the Art 2:30 p.m. ................................................................................. Afternoon Break 2:45 p.m. ................................................................................. dAvid mcKinsey, md Getting to Zero: How, When, What, Why? 3:45 p.m. ................................................................................. Summary/Evaluation 4:00 p.m. ..................................................................................Adjournment

Research Medical Center takes part in nationwide effort to fight womens heart disease

Go Red for Women Day

Barbara Miller, RN, proudly displays her red

Jo Hilbrenner, FNP-C, discussed the importance of heart health

Terrie and Sherrie Allen administer a blood pressure test

As part of a nationwide effort to fight womens heart disease, Research Medical Center hosted a Go Red for Women event on February 3 in the cafeteria. Information on heart health as well as blood pressure checks were provided. Thank you to everyone who participated in the special event. We raised nearly $500 from the sale of Christopher elbow chocolate bars, recognition hearts and Jean Day. All of the proceeds will benefit Research Medical Centers Heart Walk Team in May! Come join us on May 19 for the 2012 Heart Walk!


Interested in starting, advancing, or changing your healthcare career?

Join us for a Healthcare Education Career Fair

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Education and Professional Development Council at Research Medical Center, our goal is to enable interested persons to make informed decisions regarding starting or advancing a healthcare career. The mission of the Healthcare Education Career Fair is to provide healthcare education career information to all Research Medical Center and HCA Midwest Health System employees, as well as to the Greater Kansas City area community seeking a career in healthcare. Representatives from a variety of healthcare-related educational facilities will be present to provide information about their programs and admission requirements. An educational forum showcasing healthcare careers as well as opportunities for education-related financial counseling will also be available. If you are interested in starting a healthcare career, advancing your current healthcare career, or changing to a different healthcare career, please take this opportunity to talk with educators who can help you start the journey. The Healthcare Education Career Fair will be located at Research Medical Center in classrooms J, K, and L on B level. For more information, call Gina Taylor at (816) 276-4639 or email gina.taylor2@hcamidwest.com.

2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132 (816) 276-4000 www.researchmedicalcenter.com

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The Center for Integrative Therapy

The Center for Integrative Therapy, located on the Research Brookside Campus, offers a variety of services for those who seek wellness options in their life. The Center also offers patients wellness opportunities to complement their current treatment plan for health needs such as cancer care/pain management and womens care. Our team of specialists can help you focus on wellness throughout your journey of health. Focusing on wellness improves the quality of life and helps us live longer. The Center for Integrative Therapy focuses on the quality of life of our patients and clients by offering:
Gazala Parvin, MD

Massage therapy Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Nutrition and cooking classes Pain management Strength assessment Stress assessment Stress management Weight loss clinic

gAzAlA PArvin, md, is the medical director for integrative medicine at the Center for Integrative Therapy. She is board-certified in family medicine and completed her fellowship in integrative medicine under Andrew Weil, MD. Dr. Parvin specializes in womens health issues and the prevention and management of chronic illness including cancer. She offers an integrative assessment and gives recommendations on the use of herbs, nutrition and dietary supplements. Memberships and package prices are available. Most services are not currently covered by insurance plans. Ask us how we can help you navigate your integrative therapy costs for services. For information, or to join the Center for Integrative Therapy program, call (816) 276-7500.

Acupuncture Biofeedback Exercise programs within our comprehensive Health & Fitness Center including aquatic classes Group therapy Guided imagery Integrative medicine




It is MANDATORY that you attend one of the following dates if you were hired before Dec. 31, 2011. March 31 May 31 October 3 Research Brookside Campus Home Base area 7:30 a.m.

2012 CompetenCy Fair

Before you attend, you must complete the 2012 Code of Conduct and 2012 Safety Quiz assigned to you in Healthstream. You will need to bring proof of completion of both to be admitted into the Competency Fair Stations. There will be scheduled opportunities at the Competency Fair to complete both the 2012 Code of Conduct and the Safety Quiz. Each quiz will take approximately one hour to complete. You cannot start the other stations until these are done. You must be signed-in by 2 p.m to start the stations. If you have any questions, call the Clinical Excellence department at (816) 276-4108.

Medical Stabilization Service

medicAl stAbilizAtion service At reseArch medicAl center
In partnership with New Vision, Research Medical Center and Midwest Physicians hospitalists are providing a comprehensive medical stabilization service for adults with alcohol, drug and related health issues. The service accepts adults who are currently using or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from certain drugs such as alcohol, heroin, prescription, and other addictive substances. Patients are treated with a medically supervised hospital stay that typically lasts three days and includes the following aspects: Crisis intervention Assessment Medical management Referral multi-disciplinary, team approach to stabilize the patient. Upon admission to Research Medical Center, our skilled staff completes assessments of the patients fundamental needs. This assessment usually includes obtaining a medical history, completing a physical and processing a complete laboratory workup. Patients who are under the influence of chemical substances and are considered medically unstable will be closely observed and stabilized. Research Medical Center accepts patients who are unable to function because of substance use or abuse, or who are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from stopping the use of certain substances, along with other related health issues. For additional information about New Vision, call Research Medical Center at 1-800-939-CARE or 816-2763303.

New Vision has a fully qualified treatment team including a medical director and nursing personnel who take a



Healthy Habits Corner

Comprised of members of various departments, the Healthy Habits Committees goal is to support and encourage employees who want to live healthier and happier lives through physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Healthy Habits has championed many grassroots initiatives since its inception in 2008. Research Medical Center was awarded the American Heart Associations Gold Fit-Friendly Company award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 which recognized Research Medical Center for providing physical fitness and healthy eating options for employees, and for promoting a culture of wellness.

biggest loser comPetition

The 2nd Annual Biggest Loser competition started in January. A total of 10 teams are competing in the 16week session. Individuals interested in assisting with the management of the program should contact Susan Hendrickson at (816) 276-3135 or susan.hendrickson@ hcamidwest.com.

heAlthy hAbits Promotes PhysicAl Activity

The Healthy Habits Committee encourages 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week as part of the American Heart Associations Physical Activity Guidelines.

zumbA clAsses
LaGayle Braden (4 West), is teaching Zumba classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings (8 a.m.) on the Research Brookside Campus. An evening class will be held on Wednesdays from 5:15-6 p.m. too. Zumba is aerobic dancing that infuses basic Latin dance steps. The cost is $3 per class for Research Medical Center employees and $6 per class for members of the community.

the wellness gArden

The gardeners are gearing up for spring planting. There are two garden beds still available for Research Medical Center employees. If interested in a bed, contact Sue Funk at (816) 276-4664 or sue.funk@hcamidwest.com.

Join the Fitness Center Today!

If you would like to join the fitness club located in the medical office building near Stark Pharmacy, call Raymond Parsons at (816) 276-9201 or raymond.parsons@hcamidwest.com. The fees for the fitness membership are outlined on the application form and are payroll-deducted for your convenience.


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Information Security Update

The Five Ws and One H of email encryption
Key Points to remember You are required to protect sensitive data in electronic form that is sent to recipients outside of HCA for business purposes. When in doubt encrypt Use any of the following in the subject line of an email to encrypt it: <encrypt>, (encrypt), {encrypt}, or [encrypt]. The Five Ws and One H is a formula for getting the "full" story on something. Read on to get the who, what, where, when, why, and how of email encryption. who should encryPt emAils? No matter what job you have at HCA, you work with data. You are obligated to protect certain data especially when it goes outside our company to business partners and government agencies. whAt is emAil encryPtion? Encryption scrambles data, making it impossible to read unless the recipient has the key a password for encrypted files. Encrypted information is protected even if the disk or email that transmits it falls into the wrong hands. where cAn i get helP on emAil encryPtion? Atlas Keyword: Encrypt Your FISO, DISO, or local helpdesk Information Security mailbox when should i encryPt emAils? HCA Standards require you to protect sensitive data in electronic form that is sent to recipients outside of HCA for business purposes. If you are emailing your own personal sensitive data to someone outside of HCA, you are not required to encrypt the email; however, you should still protect your own personal data. When in doubt - encrypt. Use the scenarios below to learn more about when to use email encryption. why should i encryPt emAils? Any time data is lost, it puts our patients (or you) at risk of fraud, identity theft, and loss of privacy. It can also result in bad publicity for HCA, and cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars. Regulations like HIPAA and PCI also require you to protect certain data. how do i encryPt emAils? Simply place <encrypt> somewhere in the Subject line of the email. You can also use (encrypt), {encrypt}, or [encrypt]. Some notes about encryption: This only works with email messages going to recipients outside of the HCA email environment The Subject line of the email is not encrypted. Do not put sensitive information in the Subject line Attachments are automatically encrypted and require no additional steps The recipient of your encrypted email will need to follow a series of steps to open it Instructions for receiving encrypted messages are available on Atlas. Download these instructions and forward these to your email recipient in a separate email.

SCeNario Im emailing my W2 to my tax advisor and my personal email. Im emailing the companys recent press release to a business partner. Im emailing patient information including ePHI to a government or state agency. Im emailing patient billing information, including their full credit card numbers, to an external vendor. Im emailing a contract that contains information that is considered HCA proprietary data to a business partner. Im emailing patient information including ePHI to my personal email. Im emailing a list of usernames to someone in another department at HCA. Im emailing a mortgage or loan application to my bank. The application contains my SSN. I received an email with an attachment that contains a SSN. I need to forward that email to a vendor. Im emailing a contact list of my co-workers to my home email. The list contains their names, addresses, and phone numbers.

tyPe oF data* Personal Public Sensitive Restricted Internal Sensitive Internal Personal

eNCryPt? Good idea to encrypt. No need to encrypt. Must encrypt. Contact your FISO, DISO, or local helpdesk if the agency says they cant accept encrypted emails. Must find another way to send the information. It is unacceptable to send full primary account numbers (PANs) via email even if encrypted. Must encrypt. Do not send ePHI to your personal email. No need to encrypt. Good idea to encrypt.

Sensitive Internal

Must encrypt if work related. Good idea to encrypt if personal. Good idea to encrypt.

*refer to aM.iC.01 - electronic data Classification for definitions of HCas data classifications. Note: If you send an unencrypted email with certain sensitive data outside the company, you will receive an email alert even if it is a personal email. The system cannot differentiate between work and personal emails. Your email message will still be delivered, and your name will appear on a report that is sent to your DISO/FISO for follow-up. The actual email messages are not read.




Meditech Integration with Active Directory

Meditech logon screen changes on March 13
whAt is meditech integrAtion with Active directory?
Our Meditech system is being changed to use your active directory password One less password to remember!

whAt does Active directory meAn? Your Active Directory password is commonly referred to as:
Windows Password NT Password Outlook Password Network Password Microsoft Password Tap and Go Password

Stay tuned for more details the next couple of weeks. Your Facility IT&S team will be partnering with you to link your Meditech and network accounts.

Outlook Web Access

outlook Web acceSS to replace moX For all employeeS
Open an Intranet Session. From the HCA Midwest Division Intranet page, select Applications then Webmail.

When using Outlook Web Access, instead of keying your 3-4 ID for your user name, you must key an hca\ in front of your 3-4 ID. Example: hca\abc1234. Use your network password that you just set using Password Reset Tool.




Rural Trauma Team Development Course

Midwest Trauma and Surgical Specialists hosted a Rural Trauma Team Development Course on January 31 at the Belton Fire Station. The course included physicians, EMS providers and nurses.. The goal was to provide a one-day course to all of the outlying rural facilities. The course objective was to teach participants to: Organize a rural trauma team with defined roles and responsibilities for the members Prepare a rural facility for appropriate care of the injured patient Identify local resources and limitations Assess and resuscitate a trauma patient Initiate the transfer process early Establish a performance improvement process Communicate effectively Define the relationship between the rural facility and the regional trauma system

Interested in League Play?

Several employees within the hospital have expressed interest in co-ed softball, basketball and volleyball leagues. If interested, contact Mike Ralston at (816) 276-9475 or mike.ralston@hcamidwest.com.