KAHCE offered 15 face-to-face
credits in 3 separate educational programs presented in 2014. In the spring on April 24-25, a 9-credit
2-day program was sponsored in Wichita which included 6 credits for an
on-location speaker. On Day 1, Michael
Frisina, PhD, founder and president of The Frisina Group, LLC, presented the
ACHE program, “Reducing the Impact of Hospital Readmission and Medical
Mistakes” which offered many insights regarding the strategies needed for acute
inpatient health care providers to avoid readmissions due to “never events” and
the growing trend of acute care hospitals partnering with post-acute providers
to meet this goal.
On Day 2, Martie Ross, JD,
Principal with Pershing Yoakley & Associates moderated the panel,
“Integrating the Principles of Patient-Centered Care” which included Rob
Freelove, M.D. from the Salina Family Health Care Center; Karlan Haury, HIT
Practice Consultant with the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and Brian
Weisel, Director, Quality Improvement and LEAN, Salina Regional Health Center
as participants. This panel presented
timely information about the “patient-first” culture in various facilities and
emphasized the need for providers to create models which will improve patient
access, increases communication and education to patients and families, avoids
redundancy of testing and procedures and has care plans inclusive of
The second panel on Day 2 in
Wichita this past April was entitled, “Healthcare Safety – Protecting Patients
and Front Line Staff”. This panel was
moderated by Kendra Tinsley, Executive Director, Kansas Healthcare
Collaborative. The panel members were
Gail Bouldin, Chief Nursing Officer, Phillips County Hospitals; Gregory Burger,
PharmD, President Elect, Kansas Council of Health System Pharmacists; and
Stephen Nesbit, DO, Chief Hospital Medical Officer, Via Christi. This panel was a very good continuation of
many of several of the key points from the Frisina talk the day before but also
presented many good take-aways not covered on Day 1. This panel discussed the value of reviewing
and updating existing patient safety policies and procedures to meet current
standards of practice; the need for executive engagement and outlined many
successful strategies of Kansas facilities to protect patients and employees
from preventable injuries and/or disease.
On June 24, 2014, the Kansas City
Local Program Council worked with KAHCE to present the Panel, “Diversity and
Inclusion: Business Implications & Imperatives for Healthcare Organizations”,
moderated by Mahnaz Shabbir, President, Shabbir Advisors. The panel members were Ron Bakes, CEO, St.
Luke’s East; John Clabaugh, Senior VP/Human Resources, St. Luke’s East;
Gabriela Flores, Director, Office of Equity & Diversity, Children’s Mercy
Hospital; and Erin Schilling, JD, Polsinelli PC. This robust panel was presented following the
ACHE call to action in 2014 for all chapters to develop a Statement on Diversity
and Inclusion. The discussion for this presentation
included the broadening of the definition of diversity and many examples of
effective programs and strategies from the organizations represented.
The final educational program for
the 2014 year was presented as a pre-conference event prior to the Annual Kansas
Hospital Association Convention and Trade Show at the Overland Park Convention
Center on November 12, 2014. Three
panels were presented offering a total of 4.5 face-to-face credits. The first panel was titled, “Building Health
Care Facilities for the Future: Renovate, Rehabilitate or Replace” and Jon
Jackson, Senior Vice President for Systems Integration at the University of
Kansas Hospital, was the moderator.
Panelists were Denny Hachenberg, CEO, Anderson County Hospital; Bill
Woodhouse, Principal, ACI Boland; Rick Embers, Principal, Pulse Design; and Rob
Welker, Principal, Hoefer-Wysocki. This
panel explored the challenges of construction to meet quality goals, advanced
technology, increased capacity needs and regulatory standards.
Panel #2 was titled, “Mitigating
Health Care Risks” and was moderated by Dan Peters, JD, General Counsel,
University of Kansas Hospital. This
panel included Venus Buckner, Director, Risk Management, University of Kansas
Hospital; Lee Norman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, University of Kansas Hospital
and Jim Kilmartin, Director, Risk Management, Stormont-Vail. The very timely topic of health care facility
preparedness for the Ebola Virus was discussed with sharing of information from
the Centers of Disease Control as well as federal pandemic research.
The third panel for this program
was “Health Care Facility Acquired Infections” moderated by Cheri Hunt, RN,
MHA, NEA-BC, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s Mercy
Hospitals & Clinics. Panel members
were Meredith Shellner, RN, MHA, Infection Preventionist, Truman Medical
Center, Lakewood; Jason Newland, MD, Medical Director, Patient Safety &
systems Reliability; Holly Anderson, VP, Operations, Skilled Healthcare, LLC;
and Joey Scaletta, BSN, MPH, Program Director, Health Care Associated
Infections Program, Kansas Department of Health & Environment.
In addition to educational
panels, the Education Committee added networking events and student development
opportunities to this year’s programs to generate interest in membership and to
support the health care leaders of the future.
Watch for information published
soon about the next educational program for 2015 which will be in Wichita on
April 30 and May 1.
2014 Education Committee: Rod Corn; David Fleming; Heather Fuller; Ken Klingensmith; Jonas
Varnum; Carla Yost; and Patricia Sanders-Hall, Chair.