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In this issue:
Page 3: 27th Annual Practical Cardiology Symposium Page 5: Healthy Habits Corner Page 7: 2011 Heart Walk Recap Page 10: Core Measures Update Page 12: News Briefs Page 15: The Center for Integrative Therapy

Join the American Cancer Society in the Battle Against Breast Cancer
Research Medical Center and Research Brookside Campus will join the fight against breast cancer on Oct. 29 by participating as a flagship sponsor in the American Cancer Societys Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a non-competitive walk that will be held at Liberty Memorial. Stephanie Graff, MD, Ginny Gordanier and Carolyn Tessler, coordinators for the Research Making Strides team, have a goal of recruiting 100 walkers for a day of fun-raising for this very important cause. An estimated 5,000 women in Kansas and Missouri will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and nearly 1,100 will die from it. The disease affects our wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, daughters, friends and colleagues, which is why Research Medical Center, as part of HCA Midwest Health System, has made a commitment to join the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. We all know someone touched by breast cancera patient, a family member, a friend, explains Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist with Research Medical Center. This walk gives our Research Medical Center family the opportunity to walk along side them, offering our support. I hope youand your family and friendswill join us. As the nations largest non-government supporter of breast cancer research nationwide, the American Cancer Society has funded $323 million in breast cancer research grants since 1972 and has been an important part of nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough of the past century. Funds raised through this event will support this critical breast cancer research and support programs and services the society provides to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for cancer patients right here, in our community. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is about passion, prevention, and survival; and its about remembering those for whom the cure did not come soon enough.

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

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

Making StrideS againSt BreaSt CanCer OCtOBer 29 LiBerty MeMOriaL

Registration starts at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information on how to join Researchs Making Strides team, contact Ginny Gordanier at (816) 276-6701 or or Carolyn Tessler at (816) 276-3704 or For more information on American Cancer Society programs or for cancer-related information, call 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit

No Excuses

Get Screened
Heres whats happening at Research Medical Center and Research Brookside Campus: Oct. 3rd - WEAR PINK DAY Wear pink and stop by our table in the cafeteria during lunch. Research Medical Center 2316 E Meyer Blvd. Kansas City, Mo. Each Wednesday in October, walk-in screening mammograms are available on the main campus from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday appointments are available on the main campus on Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd. Research Brookside Campus 6675 Holmes Kansas City, Mo. Saturday appointments and walk-in screening mammograms are always available. A free gift will be offered to everyone who receives a mammogram screening during the month of October. Research Medical Center and Research Brookside Campus offer enhanced digital mammography with a lower radiation dose due to tungsten tube technology.

Having a screening mammogram may never be high on a womans list of things to do. But should it be? Absolutely.
Early detection of breast cancer is vitally important when fighting the disease. Do something good for yourself and get your routine screening mammography. Eight locations throughout the metro so you dont have to leave your community Highly skilled and dedicated doctors, nurses and technologists Saturday appointments and extended hours during October Walk-ins available at several locations Advanced technology including digital mammography and MammoPad a soft foam cushion for use during screening for maximum comfort

In addition to screening mammography, we have comprehensive follow-up services available in your community for breast lesion evaluation. If the unthinkable happens, we offer breast cancer treatment as well. Research Medical Center is a National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Go to to learn more about our breast health locations and capabilities. You can also learn more about our hospitals special events and promotions for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, including tokens of appreciation to women who have their mammogram as well as free health and wellness events.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, hospital staff are invited to attend: Breast Health: Prevention and Risk Reduction Friday, Oct. 21 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Classrooms L&M (B-level) Join Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist and breast cancer specialist, as she discusses breast health, risk factors, the importance of screening mamograms and what to do if you discover a lump. To RSVP, call (816) 276-9650 by Oct. 14.

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Cardiology Symposium Gathers Top Physicians to Discuss Various Cardiac Conditions

The 27th Annual Practical Cardiology Symposium is scheduled for 7:15 to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. The event is designed to provide primary members of the healthcare profession with the tools and knowledge they need to indentify and treat various signs and symptoms of cardiac disease. Doctors who are scheduled to speak at the symposium are:

Stuart ZariCh, Md, FaCC Coronary Artery Disease and Diabetes JOhn CahiLL, Md Heart Failure Management: Role of Cardiac Imaging. Which Test? When?
and For Whom?

raMeSh daguBati, Md, FaCC, FaSCi ACS: Inpatient and Outpatient Management BangaLOre deepak, Md, FaCC, rpVi Approach to the Patient with Peripheral Vascular Disease CataLin LOghin, Md, FaCC Valvular Heart Disease The New Era harOLd StiteS, Md, FaCC Updates on Arrhythmias Management

Bangalore deepak, Md Interventional Cardiologist

The event is broken up into two parts. The first three presenters will speak during the morning session, and the final three will speak during the afternoon session. Each presentation is one hour in length, and there will be a one-hour break for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Some of the objectives attendees should learn by the conclusion of the symposium are: How to identify current indications for cardiac imaging studies in heart failure Outlining the role of different cardiac imaging modalities in guiding therapeutic management of heart failure, echocardiographic and other imaging features of diastolic and systolic heart failure Recognizing the value of cardiac imaging as part of a multidisciplinary team approach to heart failure management

Second Quarter Recognition Awards

tOp patient SatiSFaCtiOn 5 East

MOSt iMprOVed patient SatiSFaCtiOn 4 West


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Horizon Patient Folder Coming Soon!

As you know, HCA is currently developing an enterprise-wide Electronic Health Record (EHR) called hCare. A key component of hCare is having a comprehensive, single view of a patients clinical data. The hCare Clinician Portal is an electronic access point for physicians and necessary clinical staff to view integrated patient information, clinical data, and access clinical information systems through a user-friendly, intuitive interface. It is the entry point to our EHR. At this time we are excited to announce the upcoming implementation of Horizon Patient Folder (HPF) and its integration with the hCare Clinician Portal. HPF is a computer system that contains multiple functions and will house the patient medical record post discharge. Once in place, HPF will be the electronic permanent legal medical record post-discharge. From within the clinician portal physicians and clinical staff will be able to manage incomplete records, electronically sign documents, and access post-discharge documentation using HPF. The paper medical record will still exist prior to discharge.

What yOu need tO dO

Staff Train the Trainer sessions will begin in early January 2012. Physician training sessions will begin the week of January 23, 2012. For access to Horizon Patient Folder (HPF) via the portal, you will need to have a user account set up and participate in an introductory training session. To learn more about training opportunities and user set-up sessions, contact Midwest IT&S, Physician Support coordinators at (816) 276-4357 or or

Your emergency is our emergency.

An emergency can happen at any time.
Research Medical Center and Research Medical Center - Brookside Campus are the difference between worry and reassurance. Our emergency team provides fast, expert care for any emergency your family may face.

Get the care you need, fast.

6601 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, MO 64131 Less than a 30-minute wait time

2316 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132 Level II Trauma Center Accredited Chest Pain Center Certified Primary Stroke Center


Healthy Habits Corner

heaLthy haBitS COMMittee
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 initiatives, including Weight Watchers, Biggest Loser, the Wellness Garden, Tai Chi classes, Two-Stepping classes, indoor and outdoor walking trails on the hospitals main campus, the Farmers Markets on both campuses, the new Fitness Center on the hospitals main campus, and coordinating the hospitals contingency to the Country Music Marathon in Nashville this past spring. Because of the efforts of the committee, 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. Center and townhouses and back to the first sign. You have then completed a half a mile.

tai Chi CLaSS

Tai Chi Chuan is one of the oldest systems of Chinese martial arts. It is characterized by fluid, evenly-defined, circular movements, which can be practiced quickly for martial applications or slowly for decreasing stress and maintaining physical health. Licensed instructor David Wurl from Three Dragons Way has 20+ years experience in the Chinese martial arts community. For more information, call (816) 276-4147. Mondays @ Brookside Health & Fitness Center 7-8:15 p.m. Research Brookside Campus

heaLthy haBitS COMMittee prOMOteS phySiCaL aCtiVity

The Healthy Habits Committee encourages 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week as part of the American Heart Association Physical Activity Guidelines. In many cases, the easiest path to physical activity is a regular walking program. The indoor walking path on A-Level and the new outdoor walking path by the Wellness Gardens offer excellent opportunities for beginning or continuing your pursuit of wellness. Below are several community opportunities: Sept. 18 the great prOState CanCer ChaLLenge 5K run/walk and one-mile fun run to benefit ZERO the Project to End Prostate Cancer Sept. 23 Light the night WaLk @ COrpOrate WOOdS 5K run/walk to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society OCt. 29 Making StrideS againSt BreaSt CanCer @ LiBerty MeMOriaL 5K walk to benefit the American Cancer Society nOV. 12 Fight FOr air Stair CLiMB @ tOWn Center paViLiOn Benefits the American Lung Association nOV. 13 Lung hiLL run/WaLk @ LiBerty MeMOriaL Benefits Lung Cancer Research A comprehensive schedule of events throughout the region can be found at
Submitted by: Jan Horton, Sue Funk, Susan Hendrickson and Cheri Hampton

the WeLLneSS garden

The Wellness Garden struggled through the extreme hot weather of July and the first part of August, but the plants are coming back with the cooler weather and rain. The gardens will be available next year so youre interested in having a garden or half of a garden, contact Sue Funk at Ext. 4664. In order to receive a garden bed, you need to sign a commitment form promising to maintain the garden during the growing season. You will be responsible for weeding and watering your bed. Those who gardened this year had a good time and would tell you that there is work involved, but that its worth the effort. Current gardeners who have committed to the project and want to continue gardening will be able to keep their beds. Some of vegetables growing well this season include tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, peppers, corn, melons, broccoli and kohlrabi. The Kansas City Community Gardens, located near the Kansas City Zoo, have many garden classes throughout the year. For a nominal fee you can become a member, attend the classes and receive seeds and plants at a discount. For more information, visit A half-mile walking trail has been established close to the gardens, with signs supplied by the American Heart Association. Now that the weather is cooler you might want to try it out. The signs along the way provide health tips to consider when you take your walk. Just follow the signs toward the Child Development Center, then down the road around the buildings and by the Diabetes


Transplant quality information that YoU have access to 24/7

The Transplant Institute

WhO MeaSureS it?

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR)

Where Can i Find it?

The information that is shared with the public on quality measures is more easily accessible than ever. SRTR information on our program can be found at The website is updated every January and July. You can search for our transplant center specifically or you can look at any transplant center in the United States and find information on quality measures for transplant recipients.

Why iS it iMpOrtant?
Each day we strive to provide top quality care, and having that information available to you is one important piece in keeping you informed about your care. Our transplant program monitors quality in real-time and retrospectively. Real-time means that each day we are looking at labs to ensure that patients are taking their anti-rejection medication appropriately to maintain their transplanted organ. We also round as a transplant team on the patients who are in the hospital. The transplant team consists of our surgeon, transplant coordinators, case manager, transplant pharmacist, dietician, and the nurse taking care of the patient. You, the patient, are also part of the transplant team and our most important member! Looking at quality retrospectively means that on a monthly basis, our Quality committee reviews all the transplants from the previous month. The committee is looking to see what went well and what we could do better. We believe that always looking for ways to improve is one sign of a high quality transplant program. Another sign of a high quality transplant program is its outcomes. The graphs below represent how the program at Research Medical Center (RMC) compares to other programs in the city as well as the national averages at the one year and three year post-transplant timeframe.

Becky Hulett
BeCky huLett, rn, MSn Program Administrator The Transplant Institute (816) 822-8257


Research Medical Center is top HCA Midwest Health System hospital

HCA Midwest Health System exceeded its extremely aggressive goal by raising a total of $121,110.92 for this years Heart Walk. research Medical center placed first among the other HCA Midwest Health System hospitals, raising a total of $20,315. Congratulations to our top administrators! Kevin Hicks raised a total of $1,300 and Jackie Desouza raised a total of $7,796. Below are the individual incentive winners: Heart walk team leader who recruits 10 walkers will receive a $30 gift card. Shannita Khemraj-Beharry, Laura Miller, Ginny Gordanier, Jan Horton, Cindy Anderson, Laura Fowlston, Theresa Nauser top walkers/fundraisers receive a $100 gift card. Jack Jensen all employees raising $1,000 or more will receive a Pto day. Jack Jensen, Misty Crouch every employee raising $500 or more will be entered into a drawing for a Pto day. Ginny Gordanier, Cindy Anderson, Cyndi Green (Note: Cyndi Green won the drawing) the top fundraising team at each facility will go to lunch with senior team. Cindy Anderson

2011 Heart Walk Recap



SePteMBer 9-10 Advanced Trauma life Support Class (ATlS) @ Research Medical Center. Contact Janet Bjerke (317) 374-3767 for more information. SePteMBer 16-18: Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp @ Heartland Center. Call (888) 688-5450 or visit SePteMBer 17: Aches and Pains in Your Arm, Hand or Wrist @ Research Brookside Campus. R.S.V.P. by calling (816) 751-3757. SePteMBer 27: 2nd Annual Domestic Violence Conference @ Research Brookside Campus. Call (816) 276-4631 to register. SePteMBer 30: 27th Annual Practical Cardiology Symposium @ Sheraton overland Park Hotel. octoBer 1: Annual Transplant Picnic @ loose Park, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. octoBer 3: Wear Pink Day. Join us in the cafeteria during lunch to learn about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. octoBer 12: living with Diabetes, @ Research Medical Center, Rooms 3-4, 6:30-8 p.m. octoBer 13: Third Quarter employee of the Month/Retirement Reception @ RMC cafeteria, 3-4 p.m. octoBer 21: Breast Health: Prevention and Risk Reduction @ Research Medical Center, Classrooms 3-4, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. To register, call (816) 276-9650. noveMBer 5: Research Royal Rebound @ The College Basketball experience. Call (816) 276-4218 for more information.

Aches and Pains in Your Arm, Hand or Wrist?

Saturday, Sept. 17 9-10 a.M. (Curry auditOriuM) reSearCh BrOOkSide CaMpuS 6675 hOLMeS
Join Vik Zadoo, MD, medical director for the Midwest Hand Center at Research Medical Center, as he discusses arm, hand and wrist pain. Dr. Zadoo is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and trained in hand and microvascular surgery. What are the signs and symptoms? What are the treatment options? When should you seek medical help?


Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP by calling (816) 751-3757 by Sept. 9.


Clinical Excellence Update

COMpetenCy Fair
The last mandatory Competency Fair for 2011 is fast approaching! It is Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 7:30 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Research Brookside Campus. This will be your last chance to attend this year. Please make sure that you are able to attend if you have not done so already! continued commitment to uphold our guiding principles of Quality, People, and Service. School at Work is a career development system that brings education directly to the work site. The purpose of the program is to: Allow our employees to learn during normal working hours Learn skills necessary to explore other career opportunities in healthcare Experience the joy of learning with your co-workers Provide opportunities for employees to challenge themselves Enhance computer skills If you are interested or have an employee that you would like to encourage to attend, please contact Stacie Underwood at Ext. 4108. All Research Medical Center employees are eligible to apply.

graduate nurSe reSidenCy graduatiOn

Research Medical Centers sixth Graduate Nurse Residency class graduated from the program on July 25. Please congratulate them and welcome them to the wonderful profession of nursing!

heart FaiLure nurSing SyMpOSiuM

Research Medical Centers inaugural Heart Failure Nursing Symposium: Care and Quality will be held on Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Come join us and increase your knowledge of heart failure care. CEUs will be provided. Registration is free and information will be sent via MOX or you may call the Heart Failure coordinator at Ext. 3715.

Sane LiSten and Learn

Septembers Listen and Learn, The Forensic Nurse Examiner and the Sexual Assault Program, will be offered on Sept. 20 from 7:30-8 a.m. and Sept. 22 from 12-12:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Room on B-level. It will be worth 0.5 continuous education hours.

nurSing dOCuMentatiOn and itS LegaL iMpLiCatiOnS

This is required for charge nurses, directors, CNMs, and Preceptors (This is required of PrecePtorS to maintain their preceptor status). This will be open to all other staff as seating is available. You are required to attend one of the following two classes: Oct. 28 from 8-10 a.m. in Classrooms L/M or November 8 from 8-10 a.m. in Classrooms J/K. To register, call Stacie Underwood at Ext. 4108. You will need to give her your name and reason you are attending (i.e. preceptor or CNM). 2.0 MONA contact hours will be provided.

SChOOL at WOrk
The 2011-12 School at Work Program is still open for enrollment. This program focuses on the organizations


Terry Duffey, Tien Nguyen Honored with Quarterly P.E.E.R. Awards

terry duffey (Emergency Department) and tien nguyen (4 West) were recently honored with the second and third quarter Professional Exemplifying Excellence at Research (P.E.E.R.) awards respectively. 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 Duffey and Nguyen, other nominees included tobi callaghan (Emergency Department), Kacey clevenger (3 North) and Heather westpfahl (5 East). Below are several comments from their co-workers:
terry duffey 2nd Quarter P.E.E.R. Award Winner

terry duFFey
Terry knows whats best practice in every situation and always willing to share her knowledge. Shes an enthusiastic instructor for many of our required classes, and goes above and beyond in her classroom teaching. As a charge nurse, we all look to her to lead us through the day with diplomacy and integrity. Her professionalism and caring attitude come shining through in all areas.

tien nguyen
Tien is a leader by example and expects nothing less from other staff. She is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care to her patients. Tien will go the extra mile to make sure the patient is shown dignity and respect. She exemplifies teamwork.

tien nguyen 3rd Quarter P.E.E.R. Award Winner

TIA Clinic Relocation

Effective Aug. 1, the TIA Clinic has relocated to the Center for Ancillary Prep and Procedure Services (CAPPS) area. Patients will need to be directed to CAPPS location and the staff there will show them to the TIA section. The direct number to the TIA Clinic is (816) 276-3915. If a patient calls the old number, they will be given options to press 1 for the Heart Clinic or 2 for TIA Clinic.

New RN-MSN Program

Research College of Nursing has developed an RN-MSN program with a focus specifically on the Nurse Educator track or the Nurse Executive track for HCA nurses to prepare them for the classroom or administrative setting. This program will allow you to transfer courses from the community college or diploma program to meet pre-requisite courses and some upper division nursing coursework. Much of the coursework at Research College of Nursing is completed on-line. For more information, contact Jan Andrews at or Leslie Mendenhall at

Harvesters Food Network

Congratulations to the Clinical Excellence department for winning the 2nd Quarter Harvesters Collection. The department collected a total of 280 canned goods for Harvesters.


Core Measures Update

What are COre MeaSureS?
Core measures are a set of care processes which were initially developed by The Joint Commission, the accrediting body responsible for setting standards for healthcare. The purpose of these standards is to improve the quality of healthcare by implementing a national, standardized performance measurement system. These measures will now be used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reimbursement because the evidence has supported the theory that by using these measures, there is reduced risk of complications, prevention of recurrences and otherwise standardized treatment for better patient care.

COMparing perFOrManCe
Hospitals across the country have been measured and compared by The Joint Commission on its performance in these Core Measures. This data lags so that all facilities can be compared equally across time. The information is posted to the Joint Commission website and the website, on hospital compare.

What are eaCh OF the COre MeaSureS?

There are four categories (acute myocardial infarction, community-acquired pneumonia, congestive heart failure, and surgical care improvement project). Under each category, key actions are listed that represent the most widely accepted, research-based care process for appropriate care.

hereS hOW reSearCh MediCaL Center COMpareS in heart Care:

acute Myocardial infarction (aMi)
99.50% 99.49% 99.36% 99.18% 98.34% 100.00% 95.00% 90.00% 85.00% 80.00%

100.00% 98.00% 96.00% 94.00% 92.00% 90.00%


Heart Failure (HF)

99.19% 98.77% 98.67% 98.14%









100.00% 95.00% 90.00% 85.00% 80.00%


Percutaneous coronary intervention (Pci)

97.00% 96.00% 95.38%











Sponsored by Midwest Stroke Care September 16-18 Heartland Conference Center Parkville, Mo.
Stroke Camp is exactly what the doctor ordered for survivors and caregivers. Rediscovering the simple joys of life is what Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp is all about. We get stroke survivors and caregivers out of daily routines and treat the body, mind and soul to relaxation, laughter, music, companionship, sharing, tips, hands-on activities, and much more. Stroke survivors and caregivers need a break from the stress of everyday life. After providing stroke camps for hundreds of individuals since 2004, Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp is conducting the first stroke camp in the Kansas City area. Sponsored by Midwest Stroke Care, which includes the five accredited primary stroke centers that are part of HCA Midwest Health System, these weekend camps blend all the essential ingredients of what normal folks enjoy with an abundance of pampering, compassion, friendship, smiles, patience and an extra helping hand when needed. We guarantee youll never feel better! Heres what SurvivorS say: You are among survivors and caregivers who experience the same kind of things you do. I cant say enough about camp. I felt like I was finally around people who knew what I was talking about, that I could be understood, that I no longer need to hide or feel ashamed. It was the first time since my stroke that I felt normal. The camp makes you feel normal.

Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp

Heres what caregiverS say: Were like instant friends, like family. Everyone lets you be yourself. You can be yourself. He has no real speech, but he can sing. The joy of being with a music therapist at camp is so much fun. I just plain relaxed. I felt this freedom, no responsibilities. This is the most fun Ive had in two and a half years since her stroke. We learn more from another than we would from doctors and therapists who havent lived it 24/7. The most important thing is the sharing, and the breakout groups where you pick up a lot of hints and tricks to help you as a caregiver. For more information, visit or call (866) 688-5450.

Employee of the Month

Amy BringenBerg UltrAsoUnd technologist
Congratulations to Amy Bringenberg, ultrasound technologist, for being selected Employee of the Month for August. Nomination comments by her co-workers include: Amy is cheerful when working with patients and pleasant to work with overall. She never complains about the add-on ultrasounds we are always asking her to do. Amy is cheerful, professional and always willing to go the extra mile. Amy often works very late and is one of the last people to leave the Research Brookside Campus at night. She always informs patients and their relatives when there is a delay, often waiting for doctors orders.


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News Briefs
H. Scott BjerKe, Md, MaKeS aPPearanceS on tHe lecture circuit
H. Scott Bjerke, MD, Midwest Trauma Surgical Specialists, conducted lectures at several outside events, including 20 Years of Trauma Care in a Level One Center at Bates County Memorial Hospital; Trauma from Explosive Devices; and Meth Labs: What to Look for as a Medic; at the Missouri EMS Conference & Expo. cancer treatment options. Board-certified in internal medicine, she received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

KurtiS Marinez recognized witH good neigHBor award

Kurtis Marinez, senior accounting clerk at Research Medical Center, was recently awarded the 2011 Good Neighbor Award for his involvement in preserving the Waldo Tower. The Good Neighbor Award is the Citys way of recognizing the residents who are committed to preserving, maintaining and improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods and our community. The Waldo Tower Historic Society was formed in 2009 to protect, preserve, and improve the water tower located in Tower Park at 75th and Holmes.

julie wegener receiveS Quality cHaMPion oF tHe year award

Last year the Nursing Quality Peer Review Council (NQPRC) created the Quality Champion of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize an outstanding nurse who exemplifies the CARE behaviors of Research Medical Center and goes above and beyond in their bedside nursing practice. The person is passionate and enthusiastic, inspires and motivates their peers, displays honesty, integrity and most of all a committment to providing reliable, quality patient care at Research Medical Center. This years recipient of the Quality Champion of the Year award is Julie Wegener, RN. Julie has worked on 4 East Oncology Unit for more than three years. Her peers describe her as a kind, caring, and dedicated mentor and leader on her unit. She has served as a charge nurse for over two years and most recently stepped into the role of night shift clinical nurse manager. She serves as a member on the Education Council and Infection Control committee. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and recently obtained her Oncology Certification which is a very difficult specialty certification to obtain.

ricHard lance Snyder, Md, joinS reSearcH ortHoPedic and reconStructive SPecialiStS
Richard Lance Snyder, MD, has joined Research Orthopedic and Reconstructive Specialists and the medical staff at Research Medical Center. Fellowship-trained in sports medicine, Dr. Snyder has more than 10 years of orthopedic surgery experience. A member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Dr. Snyder received his medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and served his residency at the University of Kansas College of Medicine in Wichita, Kan.

StePHanie graFF, Md, joinS MidweSt cancer care PHySicianS

Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist, has joined Midwest Cancer Care Physicians and the medical staff at Research Medical Center. Fellowshiptrained in hematology/medical oncology and breast oncology, Dr. Graff has strong cancer research experience and specializes in breast

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Notification of Higher Learning Commission Comprehensive Visit

Research College of Nursing will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit November 7-9, 2011, by a team representing The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Research College of Nursing has been accredited by the Commission since 1987. Its accreditation is at the Baccalaureate and Masters degree levels. The Master of Science in Nursing degree [MSN] is offered in an online instructional delivery format for its Executive Nurse Practice track and for the majority of coursework for the Nurse Educator track. An online format will be used for delivery of the Registered Nurse [RN] to MSN and for the Clinical Nurse Leader [CNL] tracks. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six accrediting agencies in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. Accreditation is voluntary. The Commission accredits approximately 1100 institutions of higher education in a nineteen-state region. The Commission is recognized by the U. S. Department of Education. For the past year and one half Research College of Nursing has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commissions requirements and criteria for accreditation. The evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the college; following the review process, the Commission will take its final action. the public is invited to submit comments regarding research college of nursing to: Public Comment on Research College of Nursing The Higher Learning Commission 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400 Chicago, IL 60602 Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be written and signed. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after the due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

aLL COMMentS MuSt Be reCeiVed By OCt. 7, 2011

Note: Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance with Research College of Nursing should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the Commission office. The Higher Learning Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions. Complaints will not be considered third party comments.

Information Security Update

Securing Your Workstation
LOg Out Or LOCk yOur COMputer When Stepping aWay, eVen FOr a MOMent:
Its important to make sure that the organizations data is safe and secure at all times. Locking your workstation when you step away is one of the simplest security steps you can take/do for prevention. Forgetting to log out poses a security risk with any computer that is accessible to other people because it leaves your account open to abuse. Someone could sit down at that computer and continue working from your account, doing damage to your files, retrieving PHI, or using your account to perform malicious actions. To avoid misuse by others, remember to log out of or lock your computer whenever you leave it. There are two ways to lock your computer: 1. Hold down Ctrl + Alt + Delete at the same time, and then click Lock Computer at the top left. 2. Some Windows machines have a Windows logo key on the keyboard. The workstation can be locked by holding down the Windows logo key and pushing L at the same time. When you return to your workstation, hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete to log in. All programs, websites and documents will still be open and readily available as you left them.


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Life, Live it Well Screening Events

Health Screenings are once again being offered to full-time and part-time HCA employees this year. An up to $500 healthcare reimbursement account (HRA) is available to all full-time and part-time employees who complete a health screening, a personal health assessment (PHA), and any required follow-ups. Screening events are available until Oct. 21, or you may schedule an off-site location if you cannot find an event that is convenient to you. To schedule a screening, log in to www.HCARewards. com and click H2U under the Health & Wellness section. Select Step One: Schedule a Health Screening. All available screening event appointments will be listed. You may also select the off-site location button to schedule a screening at a Lab Corps location. The following screening events will be held on the Research Medical Center main campus in the Learning Resource Center on B-level: Sept. 23 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 1-5 p.m. Sept. 29 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6 1-5 p.m. Oct. 13 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please remember that you must fast for at least nine hours prior to your screening appointment time. You will receive an email when your results are available. You can then return to the H2U Wellness Path and select Step Two: Take the Personal Health Assessment. The system will guide you through the PHA and notify you of any required follow-ups. You will earn $250 in your HRA for completing a screening event by Oct. 21 and the PHA by November 30 (you must complete both). You will receive $100 in your HRA if your results are within normal parameters or you complete a requested follow-up with your physician. You will receive $150 in your HRA if there is no evidence of nicotine in your blood or are willing to complete a nicotine cessation program through H2U. If you have any difficulties accessing your account at H2U, you may call them directly at 1-800-771-0428. If you have questions about the wellness program, you may contact Cheri Hampton in Human Resources at (816) 276-4669 or



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The Center for Integrative Therapy

Acupuncture added to list of services
The Center for Integrative Therapy offers a variety of services for those who seek wellness options in their life. It also offers patients wellness opportunities to complement their current treatment plan for health needs such as cancer care/pain management and womens care. The Center for Integrative Therapy focuses on the quality of life of our patients and clients by offering: Acupuncture (newly added service) Biofeedback Exercise Programs within our comprehensive Health & Fitness Center including aquatic classes Group Therapy Guided Imagery Integrative Medicine 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 in 2007 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.

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Effective Interventions:

Understanding Health Effects of Intimate Partner Violence


Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Featured Presenter:

Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD

Afternoon Speakers: Tina Malinowski and Carrie Smart, LCSW

Dr. Elizabeth Miller is Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Childrens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Trained in medical anthropology as well as Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Millers research has included examination of sex trafficking among adolescents in Asia, teen dating abuse, and reproductive health, with a focus on underserved youth populations including pregnant and parenting teens, foster, homeless, and gang-affiliated youth.

Contact Hours Available Registration Begins at 8:00 Refreshments

Curry Auditorium Research Medical Center Brookside Campus 6675 Holmes Road Kansas City, MO 64131

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the HHS, Office on Womens Health. The views expressed in written materials or publications and by speakers and moderators at HHS-sponsored conferences, do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; not does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.