December 15, 2014
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Education Report
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Membership Update
Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care: A Template for Leaders
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Heather Fuller, FACHE
Sunflower Health Network
Salina, KS
President Elect
Bob Bregant, FACHE
Steele Healthcare Solutions, LLC
Shawnee, KS
Past President
Dave Engel, FACHE
Phillips County Hospital
Phillipsburg, KS
Melissa L. Hungerford, FACHE
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, KS
ACHE Regent
Jeremy Armstrong, FACHE
St. Luke Hospital and Living Center
Marion, KS

Education Report

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 patient/family input.

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.
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