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Dave Engel, FACHE
Phillips County Hospital
Phillipsburg, KS
President Elect
Heather Fuller, FACHE
Sunflower Health Network
Salina, KS
Past President
Janet Stanek, FACHE
Stormont Vail HealthCare, Inc.
Topeka, KS
Melissa L. Hungerford, FACHE
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS
ACHE Regent
Jeremy Armstrong, FACHE
St. Luke Hospital and Living Center
Marion, KS
US Navy Medicine in Kansas

US Navy Medicine is a 20 hospital, international health system serving sailors, marines and their families. Health care administrators with the appropriate experience and education are commissioned as Naval Officers and assigned as Medical Service Corps leaders throughout the Navy's health system, including part-time at local Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) like the one in Wichita, KS.  

"The officers assigned to my health care team in Wichita help prepare the Navy and Marine Corps reservists from around Kansas and Oklahoma who drill here in Wichita to fulfill their role if ever called upon to deploy or support an Active Duty deployment" says Lieutenant Commander Kyle Horlacher, Commanding Officer of the Wichita NOSC. "For a total of about 36 days of work, one weekend a month here and two weeks each year training somewhere in the world, Navy Health Care Administrators and Clinicians can earn excellent retirement benefits, great part-time pay and get a chance to experience life as a Naval Officer. Of course these officers stand ready to deploy themselves if ever called upon by the Navy Medicine team."  

LT Marty Baumbach, a 2009 graduate of KU Medical Center's Master's of Health Services Administration, is a health care administrator assigned temporarily to the local Navy recruiting district and is a member of this year's Board of Directors for the Kansas Association of Health Care Executives. "We balance Access, Quality and Cost like everyone else, with the added complication of what we term 'Readiness', or the idea that the population health actually effects our ability to do our mission. I can't think of a more deserving patient population or a more exciting career as an administrator," explains Marty. He is an Active Duty Medical Service Corps Officer and recently finished an assignment at the Navy's premier Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego. "There was no better way to start my career," says Marty. "The Navy paid me about $90,000 as a collegiate over the course of my time at KUMC and immediately placed me in a challenging leadership position in this amazing health system. I could leave now, but I am really enjoying it and the benefits are significant." Marty, his wife Mary Beth and their three children plan to move to Okinawa Japan with the 3rd Medical Battalion, a group of about 350 Sailors and Marines participating in humanitarian aid, disaster relief and combat medical support operations in the Pacific Theater, before returning to Kansas so Marty can begin his civilian career as a health care administrator. "This unit just helped with disaster relief in the Philippines following the devastation of typhoon Haiyan, which recently killed over 5000 people. The Navy and Marine Corps team is often the only organization positioned to immediately respond when someone needs help. I cannot wait to see how I can contribute," Marty said.  

For more information about how students can apply to receive significant financial aid, and how health care administrators can serve part-time in Kansas and around the globe, visit or contact LT Baumbach directly at 314.750.1834.

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